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Ill. secretary of state lifts freeze on paperwork submitted 18-plus days after car sales

July 9, 2021
The Illinois secretary of state’s office on July 8 lifted its weeklong hold on paperwork submitted more than 18 days after a vehicle’s sale. Upon submitting such ERT transactions, dealers began receiving previously unseen error messages from the office.
According to the Illinois Vehicle Code, an application for a certificate of title can be submitted up to 20 days after a vehicle sale. Beginning Aug. 1, the office said it would more aggressively enforce that statutory deadline for both manual and electronic applications.
The secretary of state plans to issue a memo that specifically addresses their position and enforcement plan.