Illinois License Plate Renewals

The Crete Public Library is pleased to offer Illinois license plate sticker renewals as a service for the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office. In just a few minutes, we can process your renewal and provide you with a new sticker. We are currently offering 2024 and 2025 renewals. The last day for 2024 renewals will be March 31, 2024.

This service is generally available every day the Library is open, until 15 minutes before closing. However, we recommend calling (708-672-8017) just to verify we are able to process renewals at your desired time.

What do I need to renew my license plate sticker?

Ideally, you will bring in your Illinois Vehicle Registration Card or Renewal Notice, which includes your registration ID, PIN, license plate number, and renewal date. If you do not have your registration card or renewal notice, you may simply bring your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and license plate number. You can find your VIN on a sticker attached to the windshield on the driver’s side.

Please note: At this time, vehicle insurance information is not necessary but may be required in the future by the State of Illinois.

What is the cost of the renewal?

There are two parts to the costs associated with renewing your plates at the Library:

  • Part 1: The fee charged by the State of Illinois for the renewal sticker is based on your specific vehicle and should be noted on your renewal notice. Standard passenger vehicles currently cost $151, but personalized, vanity, electric vehicle, trailer, motorcycle, or other specialty plates have varying costs.
  • Part 2: The Library charges a $9.50 service fee per sticker. Show your Crete Public Library card and the service fee will be just $5. This fee covers the Library’s cost to the vendor with whom we contract for the service.

What payment methods do you accept?

  • Cash
  • Credit/Debit Cards

Personal checks will not be accepted.

What hours are license plate sticker renewals available?

As stated above, the service is generally available most hours the Library is open, until 15 minutes before closing. The current hours, therefore, are:

M-Th: 9:30 am-7:45 pm
F/Sat.: 9:30 am-4:45 pm

It’s never a bad idea to call the Library at 708-672-8017 just to verify that we can process renewals at your desired time. Please proceed to the Information Desk on the first floor when you come into the Library.

Renewal stickers are non-refundable once they have been purchased!

Frequently Asked Questions

What if my vehicle requires an emissions test this year?
The Library will be unable to process your renewal if the emissions test has not yet been completed or filed with the State. That information is automatically loaded into the database we use to process renewals, and we cannot override this function.

Can I change the address for my vehicle registration?
Unfortunately, if the address on your vehicle registration is incorrect, we cannot update it, but we can still proceed with the renewal using the old address. There are other options for changing your address. See the Illinois Secretary of State’s website for more information or ask library staff for assistance.

Will my Benefit Access Program discount be honored?
Yes! The State of Illinois Department on Aging offers several discounts for seniors through the Benefit Access Program, including discounts on license plate stickers and free public transit benefits. If you have applied for and been approved for this benefit, we just need the verification number provided by the State, and the discount will show up automatically when we process your renewal. It may take up to ten (10) days after your approval for the discount to become available for use. If it has not been applied, you will need to check the status of your application directly with the Illinois Dept. on Aging. To apply or check your status online, visit the Benefit Access Program website.

What if my registration has been expired for a while?
We are only able to do basic renewals and can only process your renewal if the service we use accepts your registration ID/PIN as renewable. If your renewal is more complicated, we will direct you to a local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office or the Secretary of State’s Office.

Are there other limitations to the service?
Please be aware that if the website we use to process renewals refuses your particular renewal, we may be unable to proceed. In that case, you will be directed to visit a local DMV site or contact the Secretary of State’s Office directly.

For more information about license plate renewals, please visit the Illinois Secretary of State’s website.