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DOC fee bill to be decided in days; final push by dealers urged

November 17, 2010

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has until about Aug. 19 to act on legislation to increase to $150 the state’s maximum permissible documentary service fee. Dealers are urged to contact the governor’s office to solicit his support for House Bill 1657.


Calls can be directed to 312-814-2121 in Chicago or 217-782-6830 in Springfield. Or, letters can be sent to the following addresses: 

The Honorable Rod Blagojevich

Governor of Illinois

207 Statehouse

Springfield, IL 62706


Or, mail a letter to him at:

100 W. Randolph St.

Chicago, IL 60601 

The General Assembly delivered HB 1657 to the governor’s desk June 20, when the 60-day countdown began for him to sign or veto the bill. The current maximum DOC fee is $58.48. If Blagojevich approves, the $150 maximum would take effect Jan. 1, 2008.


The base DOC fee in Illinois was 40 when it was established in 1992. Annual adjustments tied to the Consumer Price Index have increased the maximum charged allowed to complete necessary paperwork and provide copies to customers.  

But the array of federal and state regulations with which dealers must comply when selling vehicles has escalated more than the CPI, and dealers in at least 30 states reportedly are permitted to charge $400 to $90 in DOC fees.


Since 2001, for instance, new federal regulations that dealers must adhere to include the Privacy Act and the related Safeguards Rule, the Patriot Act, and the Federal Communication Commission’s National Do-Not-Call or -Fax Registries.