Bill Offering Relief to Drivers During Budget Impasse Moves Forward

Springfield, IL… A vehicle registration relief bill sponsored by State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago) is set to move to the Senate. House Bill 4334 says that the Secretary of State cannot impose a delinquent registration renewal fee if a vehicle's registration expires when there has been no notice, by U.S. mail or email, sent to the vehicle owner. The bill further says that law enforcement officers may not issue citations until one month after the registration has expired giving drivers more time to adhere to the law.

“As a casualty of the current budget impasse, many motorists are unknowingly breaking the law,” Rep. McAuliffe said. “These fines and citations are an inconvenient and unfair, especially to older drivers who have difficulty signing up for email notifications. This bill is a commonsense attempt to rectify that.”

Due to the lack of a state budget, the Secretary of State's office suspended the mailing of vehicle registration renewal reminder notices which has led to a significant increase in the number of drivers failing to renew their registration. This legislation is intended to remove the $20 renewal penalty motorists while the Secretary of State is not mailing renewal notices. Should the Secretary of State’s office resume mailing out renewal notices, the office and law enforcement may recommence collecting the delinquency fees.

House Bill 4334 passed unanimously from the House today.