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General Assembly passes bill to boost DOC fee

November 17, 2010

Legislation to increase the Illinois DOC fee awaits the signature of Gov. Rod Blagojevich, after senators on May 22 passed the House measure. 

House Bill 1657, which would take effect Jan. 1, 2008, would boost to $150 the maximum documentary service fee that dealers can charge customers to complete necessary paperwork in vehicle transactions.

 

Under state law, Blagojevich has 60 days to either sign or veto the measure after it reaches his desk. He has not indicated an opinion on HB 1657. 

The base DOC was $40 when it was established in 1992. Annual adjustments tied to the Consumer Price Index have increased to $58.48 the maximum fee that can be charged this year.

 

The array of federal and state regulations with which dealers must comply when selling vehicles is mounting, and dealers in at least 30 states reportedly are permitted to charge $400 to $900 in  DOC fees. 

Since 2001, for instance, new federal regulations 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.

 

To comply with those and other laws, dealers must pay monthly or annual licensing fees for software or engage third-party vendors, and pay to train their employees about compliance.

 

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