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June 17, 2024

PSA To Local Governments: Do Not Sell Gov’t Vehicles With License Plates On Them –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On August 8, 2021


In the past year or so, at least two local governments in Illinois have sold vehicles and left their municipal (government) license plates on them for the new owner to use.

This is unacceptable, a security issue, and illegal: “It is illegal to operate a vehicle with someone else’s license plates” – Illinois Sec of State (here)

These are the two we just happened to notice without even looking, imagine how many more are out there…

The first one we noticed was the Wesley Township Road District’s pick-up truck the road district sold to a private party – still had the municipal plates on it while parked on private property days after it was sold (Twp Supervisor fixed it after we informed him):

Just last week we spotted a car the Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District sold to a non-profit on June 8, 2021, still being driven with the municipal license plates on it – Paris Police corrected the situation once notified.:

Removing a license plate is such a common sense issue, we fail to understand how these local governments can permit a vehicle they sold to keep driving around with their license plates on it.



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  • jannie
    Posted at 07:57h, 09 August Reply

    Don’t understand why the local government – when they decide to sell the vehicle don’t automatically remove the plates. Good call on your part – Local governments should know better.

  • PK
    Posted at 12:12h, 10 August Reply

    Nice…a PSA in service to the Secretary of State’s Dealer Licensing Agency!

    Jump starting interstate commerce, perhaps the Secretary’s office can further fill the seller’s competency gap here with a memo to the local government that describes how to legally transfer title, as well as the penalties for non-compliance. These penalties are the same that licensed dealers and individuals face when transferring title. If so, the Secretary would then be acting in service to the many motor vehicle law enforcement agencies.

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