I'm happy to say that it's been a while since I've been pulled over for a moving violation. Even so, there are three words we all dread when sitting behind the steering wheel: "License and registration."
A few days ago my 2013 Illinois Registration Identification Card arrived with validated decal to be placed on my rear license plate. Above the sticker and below the registration card - with several arrows pointing to the the registration card - is the following:
This Identification Card must be carried at all times in those vehicles designed to carry more than 10 persons, or to pull or carry property, freight, or cargo; those that are designed or used for living quarters, and school buses (625 ILCS 5/3-416). If you travel outside Illinois, you may be [sic] required to exhibit this vehicle registration card as proof of ownership [emphases original].Now, my car is not designed to carry more than 10 persons; at best, it can five. It's not designed to pull or carry property, etc. Nor is it designed as a living quarters, despite the amount of time I spend in it. And it certainly isn't a school bus.
Given all of this, why do the police and State troopers in Illinois automatically ask for our license and registration if we aren't required to carry the registration card with us?
I know: I need to stop thinking.