A new law going into effect this weekend in Illinois will offer significant discounts to some residents who need to renew their vehicle registration.
Under the new law, drivers who qualify for the Illinois Department of Aging benefits program will only pay $10 for license plate renewal stickers.
“During this period of high inflation, many seniors are finding it increasingly difficult to cover their daily expenses,” IDoA director Paula Busta said in a statement. ‘s renewal discount is welcome news for older drivers, helping them save money and keep their vehicle registration up to date.”
Officials say this is a savings over the current $24.
To qualify, a resident must be at least 65 years old, or 16 years old, have a disability, and meet certain income requirements.
According to the ministry, a single-person household’s income cap for the following year is $33,562. For a two-person household, that income threshold is her $44,533, but for a three-person household, income is capped at her $55,500.
Those looking to qualify for assistance should visit the department’s website or call the Senior Helpline at 1-800-252-8966.
According to the IDoA website, these individuals can also use fixed-route transportation systems such as local bus services, CTA buses and rail services free of charge.
For other Illinois residents, the current renewal price for a passenger car is $151, with additional charges for vanity and personal plates.
A basic driver license renewal costs $30, but drivers between the ages of 69 and 80 pay $5. Drivers aged 81-86 get $2 for him and drivers over 87 get free renewals.