Originally Posted by ECM Guru
I am outside Chicago and did this last spring. It takes 4-6 weeks, so be prepared to wait 6-8 weeks. I really wasn't bad and the all the people i talked to were actually really nice and cooperative.
-What you'll need is 4 pictures of the motorcycle (1 of each side)
-A letter of construction (explaining how it was built and who did the work)
-a detailed spreadsheet of every you purchased, paid tax for, not paid tax for. (or as much as you'd like to "claim" you spent. keep all your receipts together.
-the MSO's for the Frame, Motor, Trans.
-an application for vehicle transactions (you can get at the dmv) just leave the vin #'s and stuff blank.
-and a ST-44 illinois Tax use return from. This is where you figure out how much tax you have to send them
2 checks. one for the vehicle registration, and one for the taxes.
mail it all to
Illinois Secretary of State Police
Attn: special vehicle/street Rod
110 E. Adams
Springfield, IL 62701
I hope this helps. The locals at my dmv weren't much help. gave me the wrong tax forms and wrong information.
This is what you need. The Secretary of State police will review the information and let you know if you have an document issues. Then they mail it to a State police headquarter near your area. Then they call you and set up an appt for an inspection.
they checked the headlight/tailight worked. Horn, turn signals if present, check for baffles in exshaust (he reached up and felt inside). Plate must be horizontal and visible from behind from both sides.
If it is all well, they stamp the ILL VIN # in the neck of you freshly painted bike. They will ask before they come out that want a 1/2" wide by 2-2.5" long area on the right side of the neck stripped of paint and bare metal. Hopefully you prepared for that and didn't forget that part when you painted the frame.
Then your Free to Ride after you get your temp plates. i had to pick them up the next day, call for insurance, and you are RIDING! and then fixing, and then riding, and then fixing... lol.
Good Luck! if you have any questions, let me know.
That is the best summary I've seen on the process. I did all that last summer and almost to the point did the same stuff. Pretty much everyone was pleasant and helpful on the states side. Only thing different was that they had me start my bike. Just let it idle and never hit the throttle. I don't remember is he checked for baffles.
Also I was lucky that I had mine inspected before paint. In the process of stamping the neck, he dropped the punch (after hitting his finger with the hammer) on the fender a couple of times. My VIN look like one of those spam filter controllers with the numbers all rotated and out of line.
P.S. I hope someone saves this description of the process for IL somewhere on here.