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.

2017 Wheel Tax

2017 wheel tax renewal forms were mailed the week of October 24, 2016 and can be processed beginning Tuesday, November 1, 2016 with a payment deadline of Saturday, December 31, 2016.

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). Compliance is checked by License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology, which stores the license plates of all vehicles registered to an Evanston address.

Apply Online

New Resident or New Vehicle (Applying for Wheel Tax Only) for a passenger vehicle only:
If you are new to Evanston or you are a current resident that has purchased a new vehicle, please use the following link:

New Resident or New Vehicle applying for a Wheel Tax Only for the following:
• Motorcycles
• Recreational Vehicles (RV)
• Trailers
• Antiques
• Trucks
• Senior Half Year Rate

Please use the following link:

Renewal of an Existing Vehicle (Applying for Wheel Tax, Residential Permit, and Residential Parking Passes)
If you are renewing a wheel tax, parking permit and parking pass with no changes to a vehicle already in the City's system, please use the following link: 

Blank Application
Residents can also apply by mail or in person. Please mail in a completed application(s) along with payment(s) and required document(s) to the City of Evanston, 2100 Ridge Ave., Evanston, IL 60201. Do not send cash. For additional information, please contact the City Collector's Office at 847-448-4311 or visit the FAQ page for more information. Click here to view 2017 Wheel Tax Application Form


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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
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Where can I pay my annual Wheel Tax?

Location Days/Times
Online 24/7
Civic Center Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Levy Senior Center

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

Additional purchase location: Wheel Tax Only (not residential parking permits)
Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Wheel Tax Fee Guide

Sticker Fees - Description Plate Type Fee On Or Before Due Date Fee After Due Date
Passenger Car/School Buses PASS-
$75.00 $113.00
Motorcycles MCY $50.00 $75.00
Recreational Vehicles (RV) RV $85.00 $128.00
Trailers TA $30.00 $45.00
Gross Weight Plate (lbs)      
8,000 or less B $105.00 $158.00
8,001 - 12,000 D $140.00 $210.00
12,001 - 16,000 F $165.00 $248.00
16,001 - 26,000 H $195.00 $293.00
26,001 - 28,000 J $200.00 $300.00
28,001 - 32,000 K $205.00 $308.00
32,001 - 36,000 L $225.00 $338.00
36,001 - 40,000 N $225.00 $338.00
40,001 - 45,000 P $240.00 $360.00
45,001 - 50,000 Q $255.00 $383.00
50,001 - 54,999 R $255.00 $383.00
50,000 - 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
Fleet FP Based on GVW FP Based on GVW  
Antique AV AV $20.00 $30.00
Disabled Vetrans   Free up to one vehicle  
Active Military   Free up to one vehicle  
Diplomats   Free up to one vehicle  

If your plates are registered with the Illinois Secretary of State on or after June 30, 2017, you will pay only 50 percent of the applicable fee when applying for a 2017 wheel tax. 


2017 Wheel Tax Form

Bought a new car?

New purchases have 30 days to register their vehicle and purchase wheel tax without penalty.


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.

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. Check out the Parking FAQ.

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.

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 current Wheel Tax.. The information will then 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.