Legislation Aims to Make IL More Friendly to Out-of-State Auto Buyers

Springfield, IL–(ENEWSPF)–March 6, 2010.  This week, State Representative Anthony DeLuca (D-Chicago Heights) passed legislation out of the Illinois House that extends the period of time in which out-of-state purchasers are able to use drive-away permits from 7 days to 30 days after the date of purchase.

“Our state must begin to enact much more business friendly policies that encourage interstate commerce, rather than punish it,” DeLuca said.  “This legislation will allow out-of-state consumers to purchase cars in Illinois and then be able to drive them legally while they are completing the registration process in their state.”

House Bill 4796 makes changes to the Illinois Vehicle Code that extend the period a drive-away permit is valid from 7 days from the date of sale to 30 days.  A drive-away permit is a temporary registration for out-of-state residents who purchase a vehicle from an Illinois auto dealer.  The purpose of a drive-away permit is to allow the buyer time to get to his home state and apply for permanent registration.

Under current law, dealers are only allowed to issue one permit per vehicle.  However, because out-of-state residents must get a certification from the Illinois Department of Revenue stating that no sales taxes are due in Illinois and that process can take up to 20 days, out-of-state residents apply for multiple permits.  This legislation extends the validity of drive-away permits to 30 days to allow out-of-state purchasers enough time to acquire permanent registration in their home state.

“I believe that this legislation will help auto dealers in the Southland area by eliminating a major obstacle that Indiana residents face if they decide to buy a car from a dealer in Illinois,” added DeLuca.  “It is my hope that this bill not only passes the Senate and is signed into law, but that it also encourages the legislature to enact other similar measures that make Illinois more business-friendly and help grow our economy.”

DeLuca’s House Bill 4706 passed out of the House by a unanimous vote of 111 – 0 and now moves to the Senate for further consideration.


Source: State Representative DeLuca