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Operating a Vehicle With Canceled, Suspended, or Revoked Registration
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Under Illinois law, all vehicles must be registered with either the Illinois Secretary of State or a reciprocal state.
Properly registering a vehicle can be a confusing and difficult process depending on your circumstances. Some people acquire vehicles from out of state, as gifts, or as an inheritance. Others have vehicles that are rebuilt or have mechanical issues that make it difficult or impossible to register.
Additionally, the Illinois Secretary of State will often require tax forms, affidavits, or other documents to properly register the vehicle.
Unfortunately, these are not valid legal defenses for operating a vehicle with canceled, suspended, or revoked registration.
Ultimately, the burden falls upon the driver of the vehicle to make sure it is properly registered. The best way to check the status of a vehicle is to enter the Vehicle Identification Number on the Illinois Secretary of State’s website.
Even if you are not driving, you can be arrested if you allow someone to operate your vehicle when you know its registration is canceled, suspended or revoked.
Suspended Registration for Noninsurance
If a driver is convicted of driving without insurance, the Illinois Secretary of State can suspend the registration of that vehicle (See 625 ILCS 5/7-606). This applies even if the owner of the vehicle was not the one driving. In other words, if you let someone borrow your car and they are convicted for driving without insurance, your vehicle’s registration can be suspended.
It does not matter if the canceled, suspended, or revoked registration is from the state of Illinois or another state. The law makes it clear that it is illegal to drive in Illinois if the vehicle’s registration in another state is canceled, suspended, or revoked.
Penalties for Driving With Canceled, Suspended, or Revoked Registration
If the state can prove that you were operating a vehicle with invalid registration, the penalties can be quite severe. In most cases, it is treated as a Class A misdemeanor, the most serious offense in Illinois before a felony. This means the judge can impose a sentence of up to one year in jail or a fine of up to $2,500, or both.
There are other instances in which the penalty can be less, but in every case in which a person is accused of driving with a canceled, suspended, or revoked registration, the consequences are serious. Because the penalties are so severe, it is important that anyone accused of driving on a suspended, canceled, or revoked license get the best legal defense available by hiring a Chicago traffic lawyer. If you are accused of violating this or other traffic related laws, contact the lawyers at Driver Defense Team. We will help you understand what your options are, and defend you against the state and its accusations.