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SOS vehicle registration going electronic

November 22, 2010

Nearly in time for the 20th century, the Illinois secretary of state’s office is set to launch a pilot program to enable dealers to provide registration and renewal services to their customers at their dealerships.


The yearlong Electronic Vehicle Registration pilot program will start in early or mid-September and be coordinated by Computerized Vehicle Registration, a company that helped inaugurate electronic registrations in 16 other states, beginning in Virginia in 1992.


For more information about the pilot program in Illinois and to participate, call 800-333-6995, or visit the company’s Web site,


Dealers will be able to title and register vehicles, issue and transfer license plates and stickers, renew registrations, and submit inquiries based on a VIN, plate number or title number.


A dealer who sells 10 vehicles a day currently must generate 20 checks—to the secretary of state and the department of revenue—to title a car and pay taxes. That dealer in the pilot program would be able to make a single log entry each day and transfer funds to CVR, which will relay proper payments to the state agencies.


Dealers may charge customers up to $25 for the service. Like the documentary service fee, all customers must be charged whatever rate the fee is set at.


"It’s an optional program; the customer doesn’t have to do it," said CVR’s Kurt Schmidt. "If they do, they get their [title and license plates] right away. It’s something they can see, so it justifies the charge."

Schmidt, who is visiting area dealers to enlist them in the pilot program, said it has been received well. "For many dealers," he said, "the revenue department and the secretary of state are a hassle. This gives them a chance to make money and not deal with them as directly as they currently do."