The state of Illinois brought in $1.9 million in late fees in March from those who failed to renew their license plates on time. That’s more than double the amount collected one year ago. Illinois no longer mails out renewal notices due to state budget cuts, and that apparently is catching motorists off guard.
Critics of the practice say the state should halt the late fees since Illinois stopped mailing out the renewal notices last October. The move was in order to save money on postage and printing costs at $450,000 a month. A bill to stop the late fees was introduced in the Illinois House last November, but it remains in committee. Meanwhile, motorists are not only facing late fees if they renew their stickers after the due date, but could also be pulled over by police for driving with an expired license.