State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) has filed legislation in the Illinois House of Representatives to cut the state’s license plate requirement in half. House Bill 1623 would change the motor vehicle registration plate requirement from the current of two plates for the front and back of a vehicle to only one plate for the rear of a vehicle.
“Changing the plate requirement from two to one will save the state around $800,000,” said Skillicorn. “Considering the state’s poor financial situation, we should be looking at everything we can to cut costs and this a good option.”
House Bill 1623 would change current law by directing the Secretary of State to issue only one license plate for the majority of common vehicles such as cars, trailers, semi-trailers, and truck tractors. The single plate would be displayed on the rear of the vehicle. Motorcycles are already on this single rear plate format. The state currently spends $3.20 to produce two plates, but it would drop to $2.60 for one plate, which is where the savings to the state is realized.
“Consumers and businesses benefit from the cost savings as well since new, more aerodynamic vehicles get better gas mileage without a front plate and dealerships save time and money on installation,” said Skillicorn.
Skillicorn also noted that the two plate requirement is outdated since most police and the tollway utilize automatic scanning technology to read plates and do not require the visual benefit of two plates anymore.
Currently, 19 states and Puerto Rico have gone to a one plate requirement.
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