A growing number of Illinois vehicle owners are taking paper out of the procedure for renewing their registrations. Over the last year, since it became possible to get your renewal notice via e-mail and to renew online, 1.1 million renewals have been handled that way, and it’s snowballing, says Beth Kaufman of the Secretary of State’s Office.
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“There were 10,500 new e-mail sign-ups per week just in the month of March. That was much less in previous months, so you can see people are getting on board and trying to conserve paper and do things with technology,” she said. In addition to less use of paper being mailed back and forth, there are savings accruing to taxpayers: $400,000 in postage, and about $1 million from the switch to renewal notice post cards for those who don’t get the e-mail notices, Kaufman says – not to mention the money the applicants save in postage.
The Secretary of State’s Office announced the progress in this program Tuesday to coincide with Earth Day. The state has 11 million registered motor vehicles; all but large commercial vehicles are eligible for on-line registration renewal at www.cyberdriveillinois.com.