How to Transfer a Vehicle Title in Illinois

Illinois Title Transfer

A title transfer is required to show and prove ownership whenever a vehicle is sold or bought in the state of Illinois.

The title transfer process happens by default when buying through a dealership. Private sales require a little extra legwork (the focus of this page).

Need to transfer a title in Illinois? Keep reading and follow along.

How to Transfer a Vehicle Title in Illinois

Dealers handle the title transfer process so what likely brought you to this page is either buying or selling a vehicle in a private sale. The title transfer process in a private sale is quite simple if both parties are present and the paperwork is ready.

It’s recommended you request a duplicate title if you’re having trouble locating the original or if it’s been damaged beyond use. You must get the vehicle registered else you cannot legally drive.

In-person vehicle transfer process:

  1. Get the Certificate of Title
    1. (Seller) Sale price
    2. (Seller) Odometer disclosure
    3. (Seller) Seller’s Report of Sale (VSD 703)
    4. Your name
    5. Seller’s signature
    6. Vehicle’s VIN
  2. File the Application for Vehicle Transaction(s) (VSD 190)
  3. Declare applicable taxes and fees:
    1. File the Private Party Vehicle Tax Transaction (RUT-50)
    2. Paid sales tax
    3. Lien release (if applicable)
  4. Show your personal documents:
    1. Proof of ID
    2. Proof of insurance
  5. Pay the vehicle transfer taxes and fees

Congratulations! You bought and registered a vehicle!

Those selling will largely follow this process placing the burden of registration on the buyer. Always file a bill of sale for tax/legal reasons. The IL SOS recommends both parties complete this process on location, making the process easy and quick.

You can also mail these forms and fees to:

Secretary of State

Vehicle Services Department

501 S. 2nd St, RM 014

Springfield, IL 62756

Dealerships, Out-of-State, Inherited, and Gifted Vehicles

You should try to begin the transfer process ASAP to avoid any issues with the vehicle like forgetting it’s unregistered, being caught driving it and getting a suspended license. Luckily, this process is about the same as private registration – with a few exceptions.

Buying from Dealerships

Dealerships will process your title & registration – often free, but sometimes with a cost.

You may choose to submit paperwork (Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin, Bill of Sale, Proof of Payment) and the VSD 190 and RUT-50. You’ll show your ID and make payments, too.

Out-of-state Vehicles

Got the vehicle’s title? You’ll need to bring these when transferring:

  • Application for Vehicle Transaction(s) (VSD 190)
  • Proof of ID and residency
  • Vehicle title
  • RUT-50 tax form (if applicable)

Pay the title registration fees and any extras as you would during vehicle registration. You may complete this process by mail, too, using the address listed above.

Gifted/Donated Vehicles

This process is largely the same following a title transfer and registration fees.

  • A gifted vehicle requires a typical title transfer process
  • An inherited vehicle requires a title transfer an applicable will, a death certificate, or an attorney affidavit

Typical fees and taxes apply to gifted, donated, and inherited vehicles.

Illinois Title Fees and Taxes

There are no escaping fees and taxes when transferring and registering a vehicle. Luckily, the fees aren’t too expensive. Fees can include:

  • Title Transfer (Private Sale): $95
  • Corrected Title (Marriage, Death, Divorce): $15
  • Lien Add/Removal: $95
  • Duplicate Title: $95

It’s best to chat with your local IL DMV office for your exact case and needs. Or, refer to the IL SOS website for a complete breakdown of what you’ll pay.