Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: NW Burbs
Location: NW Burbs
Sportbike: SV 650, FZR 400, RM 125
Years Riding: Since 1990
How you found us: Nesba!
If your looking to title it for the streets in Illinois, run very fast! Getting a clean title from a salvage title isn't worth it. If you can get it designated rebuilt in another state and move it here, it's easier. Illinois is very very hard on title laundering.
If you have salvage bike here is what you have to do:
Get the bike.
Take pictures of all the damage and well document everything.
Get parts to repair the bike.
Fix the bike and make it legal to Illinois law and standards.
That was easy!
You need to take into a state inspection station.
You can only take a bike to an inspection station if you a licensed rebuilder.
I never did find out what it takes to become a rebuilder.
You may be able to pay a rebuilder to take it to a station for you.
If you go on a good day, they may go "it's a bike." "Looks good" and give you your papers and away you go.
If they're having a bad day:
They inspect the bike for safety.
They verify you have all the legal components on it.
They run the vin and make sure all the paperwork matches.
You need the bill of sale for the bike.
You have to provide photos and show everything that was repaired or replaced.
Every part that was replaced must have a bill of sale, showing where it was bought. If the part is a used part you must have proof of where you bought and the vin number of the bike the part came from. This is so they can verify the parts aren't off a stolen bike.
Then of course everyone has their hand out so you have to pay the fees.
The forms and some information is available on the secretary of state website. But it's not very clear and getting information or straight answers is almost impossible.
I spent a lot of time last year looking into this. I bailed on it because of all the whoops and uncertain answers I received. If you learn more or different information, please share it.
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