2020 Evanston Vehicle Registration Available
Residents may now pay for their City of Evanston wheel tax, residential parking permits and residential parking passes for 2020.
Preprinted renewal notices have been mailed to residents with an online renewal link code and instructions. With this renewal link code, residents can pay for wheel tax, residential parking permits and residential parking passes online at cityofevanston.org/wheeltax.
This year, the City is transitioning to an October 1 through September 30 wheel tax period. As part of this transition, the 2020 Wheel Tax will cover the period from January 1 through September 30, 2020. The amount due will be prorated on a nine-month basis, with a typical passenger vehicle costing $63.75, or 75 percent of the full-year wheel tax cost. In July 2020, renewal notifications will be sent for the 2021 Wheel Tax, which will cover a full year from October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021. The amount due will be the full 100 percent of the wheel tax, or $85 for a typical passenger vehicle.
The move to an October 1 through September 30 wheel tax period will improve the efficiency of City operations by alleviating the number of transactions that need to be processed at the end of the calendar year. In addition, an October 1 payment deadline will be more conducive to residents who travel to City facilities to pay their wheel tax in person.
All vehicles registered through the Illinois Secretary of State to an Evanston address are required to pay an annual wheel tax. Compliance is checked by License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology, which stores the license plates of all vehicles registered to an Evanston address, as the City no longer issues physical vehicle wheel tax stickers. New this year, the City is also moving to stickerless residential parking permits, similar to the wheel tax.
Failure to pay the wheel tax may subject drivers to parking tickets. A penalty may be added to all applications received or postmarked after December 31.
Residents are strongly encouraged to submit the wheel tax payment early, either online or by mail. There is no additional fee to pay online; instructions are available regarding required documentation for verification and processing.
Residents can also pay the wheel tax and purchase residential parking permits and passes in person at the City Collector's Office, Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Wheel tax payments can also be made in person at the Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave., Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well as at Evanston-based Currency Exchanges. Residential parking permits and passes are not available at these locations.
Those who wish to pay in person but do not receive a preprinted notice may still apply online or can pick up an application at the Levy Center or the Morton Civic Center.
To find out about rates for other vehicle types, senior discounts, and disabled veteran and active-duty personnel programs, please visit cityofevanston.org/wheeltax or call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.