Distinguished Service Cross License Plates Guide

Military - Distinguished Service Cross License Plate

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The Distinguished Service Cross License Plates may be issued to any Illinois resident who has been awarded the Service Cross. A surviving spouse of a person awarded the Service Cross may obtain and/or retain these plates.

Public Act 625 ILCS 5/3-506 allows transfer of plates to spouses of military service members. "Upon the death of a military service member who has been issued plates the surviving spouse of that service member may retain the plate so long as that spouse is a resident of Illinois and transfers the registration to his or her name within 180 days of the death of the service member".

*For any electric vehicle that would like a Distinguished Service Cross license plate on their vehicle there will be an additional $100 surcharge to the registration.


Standard License Plates

Random-Number, Vanity and Personalized License Plates
  • Newly acquired vehicle/first-time issuance - $306 ($155 title fee + $151 registration fee)
  • Currently titled vehicle/first-time issuance - $151 ($151 registration fee)
  • Current plates expire within 90 days - $151 ($151 registration fee + $0 replacement fee)
  • Current plates do not expire within 90 days - $0 ($0 replacement fee)
  • Annual renewal - $151 ($151 registration fee)

To Apply


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