Wheel Tax (formerly Vehicle Sticker)

Wheel Tax (formerly Vehicle Sticker)

City of Evanston Code 10-8-1 requires all vehicles registered to an Evanston address to pay an annual wheel tax.

 The 2016 renewal period ends on 12/31/2015.

2016 Wheel Tax Payments Now Available

Renewal forms were mailed the week of October 26 and can be processed beginning Monday, November 2, 2015.

Every resident, business, firm or corporation must pay an annual wheel tax for each vehicle registered with the Illinois Secretary of State, to an address within the corporate limits of the City of Evanston (see the City Code).

In 2014, the City of Evanston’s vehicle registration system went "stickerless," which means vehicles are no longer required to affix the traditional vehicle sticker to the vehicle’s windshield to serve as a receipt. Compliance is checked by the License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology, which stores the license plates of all vehicles registered to an Evanston address.

2016 Wheel Tax

wheel-tax-rnews.pngThe 2016 wheel tax deadline has been extended to Thursday, December 31, 2015. A late penalty will be added to all applications received/postmarked after December 31, 2015.  

If your plates are registered with the Illinois Secretary of State on or after June 15, 2016, you will only be charged a half-year rate for the wheel tax ($37.50)

If you need to make changes to your renewal form, didn't recieve a renewal application, or are registering a vehicle for the first time you can apply online here .

****Note: To apply online, answer the questions on the application. You may need to submit a copy of your vehicle registration, if prompted****

If you have a renewal for a combination wheel tax and residential permit and would like to purchase both please click here.

Don't want to apply online?

Residents can also still apply by mail or in person. Blank applications are available here. Please mail in all completed application(s) along with payment(s) and required document(s). For additional information, either contact the City Collector's Office at (847) 448-4311 or check out our FAQ for more information.

Check Payment Status

There are four easy ways to check to see if your wheel tax payment has been received:


Call us
Dial 3-1-1, or 847-448-4311 outside of Evanston


Text us
Text directly to 847-448-4311
More info


Chat with us
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Submit a 3-1-1 service request


Where can I pay my annual Wheel Tax?

Location Days/Times
Online 24/7
Civic Center Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Additional purchase locations: Wheel Tax Only (not residential parking permits)
Levy Senior Center

Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please note that if a resident is paying a wheel tax plus purchasing a residential parking permit (combo sticker), they can either purchase them Online, via the mail or in person at the City Collector’s in the Civic Center (listed above).

The Morton Civic Center’s Collector's Office will be open for extended hours on Wednesdays, November 4, November 11, November 18, December 2 and December 9, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The office will also be open on Saturdays, November 14 and December 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


2016 Wheel Tax Form

Address search for Parking Permit eligibility

An Evanston Wheel Tax must be paid every year. Your 2016 tax must be paid by December 31, 2015. A late penalty will be added to all applications received/postmarked after December 31, 2015.

If your plates are registered with the Illinois Secretary of State on or after June 15, 2016, you will pay only 50% of the applicable fee when applying for a 2016 wheel tax. 

2016 Wheel Tax Prices:
  Rate After12/15/15
Passenger Car $75.00 $113.00
Motorcycle $50.00 $75.00
Recreational Vehicle $85.00 $128.00
Trailer $30.00 $45.00
Antique Car $20.00 $30.00


The ticket associated with not paying your wheel tax is $60 plus a $20 additional penalty if not paid within 10 days.

Senior Citizen Discount - Evanston Benefit Card

Seniors fulfilling certain requirements are eligible for a 50% discount on one wheel tax per household by obtaining an Evanston Benefit Card. More information about the wheel tax senior discount is available here. If you want to pay for your wheel tax online and use your Evanston Benefit Card please follow the link here.

Disabled Veteran and Active-Duty Military Personnel

In 2013, Evanston’s City Council amended the City Code so any disabled veteran or an active-duty service member of the U.S. Armed Forces who makes application for a wheel tax license for a motor vehicle that he/she owns shall not be required to pay the usual fee for one such wheel tax license.

Transferring a Wheel Tax

If you replace a car at any time during the year, a transfer of your annual wheel tax  must be made by application to the City Collector, located on the first floor of 2100 Ridge Ave. A wheel tax is not transferable from one person to another. A copy of the new vehicle registration must be presented for a transfer. A wheel tax transfer cannot be processed online.

Trucks, Tractor Trailers and Other Vehicles

Trucks and Other Motor Vehicles Charged by Weight:

Gross Weight (in lbs.) Plate Fee After 12/15/2015
8,000 or less B $105.00 $158.00
8,001 - 12,000 D $165.00 $248.00
12,001 - 16,000 F $165.00 $248.00
16,001 - 24,000 H $195.00 $293.00
24,001 - 28,000 J $200.00 $300.00
28,001 - 32,000 K $205.00 $308.00
32,001 - 41,000 N $225.00 $338.00
41,001 - 45,000 P $240.00 $360.00
45,001 - 50,000 R $255.00 $383.00
50,001 - 59,000 S $270.00 $405.00
59,001 - 64,000 T $280.00 $421.00
64,001 - 73,280 V $295.00 $443.00
73,281 - 77,000 X $310.00 $464.00
77,001 - 80,000 Z $320.00 $480.00
Tow Truck TW $105.00 $158.00

Still have questions? Check out the Parking FAQ.

How Will This Work in Resident Only Districts?

Staff will create a database listing all vehicles that have complied with the 2015 Wheel Tax. The information will be loaded into the License Plate Recognition software so Parking Enforcement Staff will be able to check the EVS (Evanston resident only) areas for compliance. 

If a vehicle is identified as not in compliance, staff will double-check by examining the vehicle for a current visitor pass or the actual EVS sticker that is issued for vehicles registered elsewhere but whose owner is renting or is otherwise eligible for the sticker. If there is no current visitor pass or EVS sticker, a citation for being in violation will then be issued.

Parking Enforcement staff works Monday-Saturday from 7:00am to 10:00pm and one officer works Monday-Friday from 3:30am to Noon with the understanding that they must check the areas for compliance at least once during their shift.

Internal Users click here to process your applications.