New effort to crack down on plate cheats registering cars in Illinois to avoid taxes


Officers in one St. Louis police district said they will be ticketing residents who have Illinois license plates on their cars as a way to avoid paying personal property taxes.

The increased enforcement will be coming in Police District 1, which covers a large part of south St. Louis. A News 4 investigation previously revealed many Missouri residents registered their cars in Illinois where there is no property taxes.

“If one percent of the people in St. Louis County did it, it would add up to $1 million in lost revenue for our schools and fire department in St. Louis County,” said St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman.

State officials say it is up to local police to write tickets for such violations. Police in District 1 say they will start writing citations after receiving complaints from residents in the Bevo neighborhood about people with out-of-state plates who have lived in the neighborhood after establishing residency.

If you live in St.Louis City, you can report violators to your local police district headquarters. If you live in another area of Missouri you can contact the state Department of Revenue to report violators by clicking here.