When it comes to registering boats with the state of Illinois, I'm starting to become an expert. I've done it three times now and each time has been a pain. Why can't it be easy? To start, there is nothing but a website to guide you through a thousand different possibilities. The law says I need to register a boat within 15 days of purchase, I'm starting to wonder if that is even possible.
Then came my aluminum row boat, it too had no title but the seller I bought from had never licensed it. I called the DNR for advice and they said I just needed to have the previous registered owner fill out the lost title form. The last time it was registered was the early eighties and had passed through an unknown number of hands before I got it. I asked who the previous owner was and she looked it up on her computer. However she wasn't allowed to tell me the name over the phone - I'd have to pay for a title search and fill out a form. The title search revealed the name of a deceased fellow and I found his son in the phone book. Deceased owner? That's a completely different form, it's called "power of attorney."
Now I've bought a kayak; third time's a charm right? This one is a little different because it is brand new. Now I have to write two separate checks to the same payee, fill out the RUT-25 "use tax form" and file the "manufacturer's statement of origin." I received no such statement with the yak, after a call to the seller the statement arrived today. I think I have all the forms ready and I will be mailing them tomorrow. Wish me luck!
I never thought I'd say this but I have a new found appreciation for the DMV. At least when dealing with cars, you can go talk to someone. Sure the lines are long and the workers unfriendly, but they know the system and you can get it all done in a day.