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VanPeltLicenseStickersProcrastinating car owners could breathe a small sigh of relief under legislation that state Senator Patricia Van Pelt guided through the Illinois Senate on Tuesday. The new law would allow drivers to temporarily stay on the road without a current registration sticker provided the driver has a receipt proving that he or she registered the vehicle before the previous registration’s expiration date.

Those who wait to renew their registration through CyberService or the mail until the last days leading up to the expiration of their current registration will now be provided a way to avoid being issued a ticket for driving that vehicle if the sticker doesn’t arrive in time.

“There should be no more worrying about the possibility of being forced to drive illegally without an up-to-date sticker,” said Van Pelt. “Now all you need is a receipt from the Secretary of State while you wait.”

The legislation provides that this new printed receipt proof of registration is only valid for 30 days from the expiration of the previous registration sticker’s date, giving Illinoisans plenty of time to receive and attach the registration stickers. Senator Van Pelt hopes to avoid future instances of responsible drivers being punished because of the length of time it takes to acquire a current sticker.

“Any driver can attest to the stress surrounding the process of vehicle registration, especially when renewing registration at the last minute,” said Senator Van Pelt. “For those of us who like to wait till the last minute, this legislation should alleviate some of the pressure that goes along with renewing vehicle registration through the mail or online.”

The bill, filed as SB 2802, now awaits a vote in the House of Representatives.

UPDATE – On May 19, Senate Bill 2802 passed the House with full support. Today, the legislation as amended to make a technical correction, was concurred in the Senate and now heads to the governor’s desk for final approval.