There are two forms that the Secretary of State provides which require completion in order to be issued plates for an EV. (Note: I use EV as an abbreviation for Electric Vehicle, but the plates issued by IL will have a random number followed by EL. The EL is for ELectric vehicle. EV is already in use by the state for Exempt Vehicle.) One form is the AFFIRMATION FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE and the other is APPLICATION FOR VEHICLE TRANSACTION (VSD.190).
The AFFIRMATION FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE is not available online at the time of this writing. I am also informed that the Affirmation should be updated in the near future. Currently the form is intended for vehicles that have been converted to all electric. As such, the form asks for pictures of the front, back and side of vehicle along with photos of the electric motor and battery storage. The Vehicle Services Department should make the form clearer for originally manufactured electric power vehicles with the update. And hopefully the form will be available online in much the same way that the AFFIRMATION FOR LOW-SPEED VEHICLE form (VSD.796) is on the SOS website. Feel free to print a copy of the form below. My local facility had to have this form faxed to them so the chances are you closest facility may have never seen this. An important note: If you have an originally manufactured EV, the photos are not required. If you are reading this before you buy, print a copy and take it to the dealership with you.
The second form required is an APPLICATION FOR VEHICLE TRANSACTION (VSD.190). This is a form that a local facility should have. A new car dealer should have these forms as well. This is available online but not in a printable form, so avoid that route. I wish I could provide complete instructions for filling out the form, but it will differ depending on if it is for new issue or reclassification because it was done wrong the first time. A scan of the form for my Mitsubishi i-MiEV is attached. Do not try to use a copy of this form since the bar code on the form has been erased and the form also has a section filled out in duplicate for when the plates are sent to the owner. The one critical step is filling out ELECTRIC in box 3 for Plate Type Requested.
Then there is the submission of the fee. To reclassify the plates is $29 plus the fee for the plates themselves. The plates are $35, $27, $18, or $9 depending on when during the two-year cycle they are bought. Plates issued between Jan 1 and June 14 of even numbered years are $35. Plates issued between June 15 and Dec 14 of even numbered years are $27. Plates issued between Dec 15 of even numbered year and June 14 of odd numbered year are $18. And finally plates issued between June 15 and Dec 31 of odd numbered years are $9. After that the cost is $35 for a two-year renewal. As an example, my plates will cost $56, the $29 fee plus the $27 "pro-rated" plate cost to have them issued in October of 2012. If you are lucky enough to have an informed dealer and are getting plates issued at the time of purchase, the $9 thru $35 fee will apply instead of the $99 fee for PASSENGER plates.
So for now, both forms must be sent to Springfield for processing. The local facilities cannot issue the plates. You may be lucky enough to find one willing to send the paperwork to Springfied for you though. The address to send the two completed forms and payment is:
501 S. 2nd St, Room 541
Springfield, IL 62756
I hope to be able to add information on how to obtain a refund for the $99 Passenger plate fee in the future. That effort will more than likely take as much persistance as trying to find out how to get EV plates.
Please feel free to Post a Comment if this information has helped you, if it is accurate, or if updates become available from the SOS.