Rauner signs multi-year vehicle registration bill into law

In just a few years, drivers in Illinois will be able to pay for two years worth of registration on their car at once.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that would allow a vehicle registration to be paid for two years at a time. It won’t save money on the $101 annual cost but it would prove more convenient. Motorists would pay $202 for the multi-year registration. Trailer owners would be able to register for up to five years at once.

State Sen. Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorne Woods, said his father inspired the bill.

“He said, ‘I don’t understand why we can’t just renew our license plates for more than one year at a time,’ ” McConchie said. “And I remember thinking, ‘hey, what a great idea.’ ”

State Rep. Mark Batinick, R-Plainfield, was the house sponsor.

“I was shocked to find out that about 75 percent of license plate renewals are done in person, and this – the two-year sticker – would only be allowed online,” he said. “So what you’re looking at is you’re looking at a situation which would ease the burden of staff at the Secretary of State Department, so there’s certainly an ability there to streamline operations a little bit.”

McConchie said 10 other states already offer the option for multi-year vehicle registration.

There was pushback from some state workers, but common sense prevailed, McConchie said.

“The bureaucrats don’t necessarily like change but we did finally get it through,” he said.

The bill passed both the House and Senate with unanimous support.

The law won’t take effect until 2021.