New design coming to Illinois license plates in 2017

New license plates in Illinois (Credit: Jesse White / Secretary of State)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. ( – A new cost-efficient license plate replacement program will begin in January in Illinois.

The new passenger license plates will replace the old ones at no additional cost to Illinois taxpayers.

“This is a forward-thinking, long-term solution that does not require a complete replating overhaul, which would cost around $60 million,” said Secretary of State Jesse White. “This plan removes older plates and replaces them with newly designed plates within our current budget. This will ensure that plates are appropriately replaced with the ultimate goal being no license plate on the road will be more than 10- years-old.”

Plates that were manufactured in 2000 and 2001 will be replaced in 2017 and plates that were manufactured in 2002 and 2003 will be replaced in 2018. White’s office said they plan to continue replacing the older plates with the new plates, and then restart the process again in 2027 by replacing the plates issued in 2017.

Vehicle owners will be notified by mail if the qualify for the new plates. Anyone not up for a replacement may request one starting in January by clicking here.

“There are nearly 9 million passenger vehicle owners in Illinois,” said White. “This replacement program is mindful of Illinois’ state budget challenges, while also seeking to remove the oldest plates from our roads.”

Old plates should be taken to the Secretary of State facility and disposed of in the tamper-proof bin.

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