Following strong public outcry, the General Assembly passed Senate Bill 58, a bi-partisan bill to save Illinois trailer owners money on their registration fees.
License plates for trailers rose to $118 in recent years, sparking outrage particularly among owners of smaller personal utility trailers, including many small boat trailers. The plate fees were one of the top sources of complaints to many lawmakers.
Senate Bill 58 creates a new UT trailer plate license for trailers with a single axle and weighing less than 2,000 pounds. The fee for the new classification will be just $36 per year.
State Senator Fowler says while the fee isn’t where he wants it to be, it is a compromise and will help offset costs when owners go to pay for registration fees each year. The fee decrease will go into effect in January 2022.