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When does my Certificate of Registration or License expire?

If you are a retailer, your Certificate of Registration expires in one year. Certificates of Registration issued for Sales and Use Taxes and Fees, Automobile Renting Tax, Rental Purchase Agreement Tax, Parking Excise Tax, and Hotel Operators' Tax will be renewed automatically as long as you are complying with all filing and payment requirements. It does not renew if you are in Collections or the account is Incomplete (missing information). 

If you are a reseller (i.e., wholesaler, distributor, or manufacturer), your Certificate of Registration or License expires every three years and must be renewed manually on a paper Renewal Packet that will be sent out 90 days prior to expiration. If there are no changes to the account (i.e. legal address, contact information, owners/officers/members/managers), and the account is in a Renewal Pending state or the Certificate of Registration or License has not been expired more than three years, you may email us at or call Central Registration at 217-785-3707 and renew over the phone. 

If you are a cigarette or tobacco distributor, your License expires every year. If you are an electricity excise tax self-assessing purchaser, your License expires every two years. You must complete a renewal application at least 30 days before your License expires. If you discontinue your business, your License is invalid as of that date.

Certificate or License registrations that are not renewed automatically (Bingo accounts, Pull-Tab accounts, Charitable Games accounts, Dry-Cleaning Solvent Tax, Cigarette and Tobacco Products Retailer, Other Tobacco Products Retailer, Sales Tax as a Reseller only, Electricity Excise Tax - Self-Assessing Purchaser, Cigarette Tax and Cigarette Use Tax - Distributor, and Secondary Distributor; Cigarette Tax - Retailer, Manufacturer, and Cigarette Manufacturer's Representative, and Tobacco Products Tax Distributor) will receive a renewal notification prior to the expiration date. You must complete the renewal application at least 30 days before your License expires. If you discontinue your business, your License is invalid as of that date. If your registration is renewed automatically or you submit your renewal application in a timely manner, your Certificate of Registration or License will be issued to you no more than 60 days prior to the date for which your certificate expires.

Note: Licenses for Telecommunications accounts, Gas accounts, Electricity Excise Tax, and Electricity Reseller do not expire.  

For more information see the Business Registration web page.


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