Illinois drivers will no longer have to worry about whether or not they're due for a vehicle emissions test. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency said it will once again send reminders in the mail.
The agency had earlier claimed it was forced to temporarily suspend the mailing of vehicle emissions test notices beginning in December due to a state budget impasse. But on Wednesday, Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett announced the agency's contractor, Applus Technologies Inc., agreed to take over the responsibility of printing and mailing the reminders at no additional cost to the state.
The new test notices will begin being sent out April 6, Bonnett said.
Because of the change, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White said his office will resume regular procedures for license plate renewals beginning June 1. White's office had earlier said it would not require vehicle emissions testing for drivers to renew their license plates as long as the notices were suspended.
The Illinois Secretary of State’s Office also said last year it would stop mailing out reminders for license plate sticker renewals because of the state budget impasse.