All Chicago residents driving and/or parking a vehicle for which they are responsible in the City of Chicago are subject to the Chicago Wheel Tax and must purchase a Chicago City Vehicle Sticker. This includes Chicago residents that maintain their registration outside of the City of Chicago but use the vehicle in the City. Motorists can avoid costly tickets by purchasing a Chicago City Vehicle Sticker within 30 days of residing in the City to avoid late fees and fines.
Revenue from the Chicago City Vehicle Sticker Sales Program funds the repair and maintenance of more than 4,000 miles of Chicago streets.
Learn more about required documents, pricing, and more by visiting the City Clerk’s website or by calling the City Clerk at 312-742-5375. Motorists have the option to purchase their City Sticker online at the City Clerk’s website or at any of the following locations:
- City Clerk office – 121 N. LaSalle, Room 107
- City Clerk satellite office – 5430 W. Gale
- Department of Revenue – 2550 W. Addison
- At most currency exchanges (service fee may apply)
You must show proof of address and vehicle registration when purchasing a sticker in person.
The cost of City Stickers depends on the type of vehicle. The City Clerk’s Office collects VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) information from motorists and vehicle registration databases. This enables them to identify the vehicle type category to which a vehicle will be assigned. From there, prices are determined based on the vehicle’s make and model, weight and body type.
The total price for your annual vehicle sticker can only be determined using your vehicle documentation, which establishes your VIN, as well as your vehicle purchase and/or move-in dates, and your license plate expiration date.
The descriptions above are only a general overview of the Office of the City Clerk’s pricing schedule. Vehicle sticker price cannot be determined without taking into consideration vehicle documentation, vehicle purchase and/or move-in dates, and license plate expiration date.
If you are age 65 or older, you may be eligible to receive a senior citizen discount on your sticker.
Changes to Grace Period
Beginning July 1, 2016, changes to the Chicago Municipal Code regarding the grace period will make motorists eligible to be ticketed immediately following their vehicle sticker’s expiration.
For example, if your City Sticker expires on June 30, you are eligible to be ticketed on July 1. Tickets for expired City Stickers are $200 and can be issued daily.
In addition, the grace period for late fees for expired City Sticker tickets will be extended from 15 to 30 days effective July 1, 2016. This means a motorist with a City Sticker that expires on June 30 will now have until July 30 to purchase a new sticker without paying an additional $60 late fee.
Please be aware of these changes to the City Sticker grace periods to avoid tickets and additional fees. Make sure to purchase and display City Stickers in a timely manner.
Per City ordinance, a $60.00 late fee — $30.00 for seniors — must be applied to a Chicago City Vehicle Sticker if ANY of the following apply:
- The renewal vehicle sticker was purchased after the grace period for the old vehicle sticker has ended. For example, a customer with an expiration month of January 2017 has until Feb. 15, 2017 to purchase a renewal vehicle sticker without additional fees or penalties. If that customer attempted to renew the same vehicle sticker on Feb. 16, they would be subject to a $60.00 late fee, OR;
- A customer failed to purchase a vehicle sticker within any of the following circumstances that a late fee does not apply listed below.
The late fee does not apply for Chicago City Vehicle Stickers purchased in-person at a City Clerk office location by a customer who – at the time of purchase – can demonstrate:
- They are a new resident with documentation indicating purchase of property or a rental agreement executed within the last 30 days for a location within Chicago, OR;
- They are a new vehicle owner with proof of purchase within the last 30 days, OR;
- They returned from serving in the United States Armed Forces and were stationed outside the City, within the last 30 days, OR;
- They provide a check registry or credit card statement showing that the license was sought in the purchase period, OR;
- At the direction of the City Clerk for reasonable cause.
Under all other circumstances, the customer will be required to pay a late fee and the annual price for their vehicle sticker.
Residential Permit Parking
If you are interested in bringing residential permit parking to your street, you will need to circulate a Residential Zone Petition. After acquiring the signatures of 70% of residents along the requested stretch of street, please remit it to the ward office.
The Department of Revenue will send an inspector to the street and make a recommendation to install permit parking. Factors taken into account include the number of available spaces on the street, the number currently occupied at the time of the site visit as well as the percentage of the occupied spaces that are occupied by residents from another location. If the Department of Revenue makes a recommendation for permit parking, signs will be installed. The signs will be posted about three weeks in advance of their effective date. Notices will also be posted on doors of the affected block.
Residential Permit Parking will add $25 to the cost of the City Vehicle Sticker price. A book of 15 guest passes is $8.
Residential Truck Parking Permits
Recently, the Office of the City Clerk updated the Municipal Code in an effort to update an outdated section. This section adversely affected small, non-commercial pick-up trucks and their ability to park on business and residential streets in the city.
Starting May 18, 2016, an ordinance went into effect that allows city residents to park their non-commercial pick-up trucks under 8,000 pounds on residential and commercial streets without having to display a residential truck sticker. This ordinance also allows non-city residents to park their pick-up trucks on business streets only. Non-commercial pick-up trucks registered in the City of Chicago are still required to purchase and display a valid City Sticker.