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The Complete Guide to Transferring a Vehicle Title in Illinois

Transferring a vehicle title in Illinois involves following specific steps to ensure a legal and smooth transfer of ownership. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the process of transferring a vehicle title in Illinois, including the required forms, costs, processing locations, and answers to the top 5 common questions about title transfers.


How to Transfer a Vehicle Title in Illinois

Here are the steps to transfer a vehicle title in Illinois:

  • Step 1: Gather the Required Documents and Forms: Before initiating the title transfer process, gather the necessary documents and forms. The primary form you’ll need is the Application for a Vehicle Transaction (Form VSD 190), which you can find on the Illinois Secretary of State (SOS) website.
  • Step 2: Complete the Application for a Vehicle TransactionThoroughly fill out the Application for a Vehicle Transaction (Form VSD 190) with accurate information about the buyer, seller, vehicle details, and transaction information. Ensure that you provide all the required details to prevent any delays in the transfer process.
  • Step 3: Provide Additional Required Documents: In addition to the Application for a Vehicle Transaction, you will need to provide additional documents, including:
    • The vehicle’s original title certificate properly endorsed by the seller
    • A Bill of Sale with the purchase price and date of sale
    • A Valid Odometer Disclosure Statement (if the vehicle is less than 10 years old)
    • Proof of identification, such as a driver’s license or state ID

    Make sure all the documents are complete, signed, and accurate before moving forward.

  • Step 4: Pay the Title Transfer Fees:Transferring a vehicle title in Illinois incurs several fees, including a title transfer fee and vehicle registration fee. The exact costs may vary depending on the type of vehicle and its weight. For the most up-to-date fee information, refer to the Illinois SOS website’s Fee Chart.
  • Step 5: Submit the Title Transfer Application: Once you have gathered the necessary forms, documents, and payment, you can submit the title transfer application. Illinois provides several options for processing the transfer:
    • In-Person at a Secretary of State Facility: Visit a Secretary of State Facility to complete the title transfer in person.
    • By Mail: Send the completed title transfer documents to the Secretary of State’s office through postal mail.

Top 5 Common Questions about Title Transfers in Illinois

Q1. Can I transfer a vehicle title without a bill of sale?
In Illinois, a bill of sale is not legally required to transfer a vehicle title. Nevertheless, it is recommended to have one as proof of the transaction and to protect the interests of both the buyer and seller.

Q2. Do I need insurance before transferring the title?
Auto insurance is mandatory in Illinois before transferring the title. You should have liability insurance coverage before operating the vehicle on Illinois roads.

Q3. Can I transfer the title if I’m giving the vehicle as a gift?
Yes, you can transfer the vehicle title if you’re giving the vehicle as a gift. However, certain conditions must be met, including the completion of a Gift Affidavit (Form VSD 658) and exemption from use tax.

Q4. What should I do if there is a lien on the vehicle?
If there is a lien on the vehicle, the owner should contact the lienholder to arrange the necessary paperwork to transfer the title. The lienholder must provide a lien release or satisfy the lien before the title transfer can take place.

Q5. How long does the title transfer process take?
The title transfer process in Illinois typically takes around 4 to 6 weeks if submitted by mail. In-person processing at a Secretary of State Facility may offer faster turnaround times.

We hope this comprehensive guide has provided you with the necessary information to successfully transfer a vehicle title in Illinois. Follow the required steps, gather accurate documentation, comply with the applicable fees and regulations, and drive safely! For more detailed information, visit the official Illinois SOS website.
Last Verified:
Sep 25, 2023