Transferring Plates Vehicle Services


You must fill out the Application for Vehicle Transaction(s) (VSD 190). The Electronic Registration and Title (ERT) System allows you to complete and print an Application for Vehicle Transaction(s) (VSD 190) online. You cannot currently complete a transfer only transaction using the online system.

Alternatively, you may visit a Secretary of State facility and complete Application for Vehicle Transaction(s) (VSD 190) or call 800-252-8980 (Illinois Only) to receive the form.

Death of a Vehicle Owner

Upon the death of a vehicle owner, the procedures for transferring the vehicle title depends on whether the title was in the individual name of the deceased or in joint ownership. If the title was in the deceased's name only, the procedure depends on whether the deceased's estate is being probated. More about transferring the title in case of a deceased owner.

When You Cannot Transfer

If a company incorporates, the firm is considered a separate, incorporated entity, and plates cannot be transferred from the original company. In Illinois, license plates belong to an owner, not the vehicle. Therefore, you cannot transfer ownership of license plates when you sell a car or transfer a title. You can only transfer license plates to another vehicle you own.

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