Wheel Tax

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

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. Failure to pay the wheel tax may subject drivers to parking tickets.

Changes in 2020-2021: Wheel Tax renewal notifications for 2020 will be sent October 2019 with a due date of December 31, 2019 for the wheel tax period of January 1 – September 30, 2020. The amount due will be prorated on a 9-month basis (75% of the wheel tax total cost is $63.75). In July 2020, renewal notifications will be sent for the 2021 wheel tax, which would be October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021. The amount will be the full 100% of the wheel tax ($85). 

The City is moving to stickerless residential parking permits, similar to the wheel tax. Since this is new system the City is requesting proof of residency in order to purchase a residential permit. This will only need to be done once as this information will be saved for future renewal seasons.

In order to receive a parking permit and visitor parking passes, your vehicle must be registered to an eligible address within that district. The address and zone information has been preloaded into the system based on the City's About My Place website. To identify your residential parking district, visit www.cityofevanston.org/aboutmyplace or call/text 847-448-4311. 

What to do now:

Online purchase 

 If you are paying online, go to the following website and follow the instructions: 

**** Online purchase link ****

IMPORTANT PLEASE READ BEFORE RENEWING YOUR WHEEL TAX: Enter the link code provided in the letter you received from the City in the text field below to start the renewal process on your current permit. Once you have reviewed the information for accuracy, click 'Customer Dashboard' in the upper left to go back to the home page and add your permit to the cart and checkout.

Pay in-person or by mail

The Collector’s Office regular hours are Monday though Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 Blank Application Form

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. Please make all checks payable to the City of Evanston. Please include "wheel tax" or "residential permit" in the memo line. 

For additional information, please contact the City Collector's Office at 847-448-4311.

*** All outstanding parking citations must be paid before obtaining a residential parking permit. Failure to do so may result in the delay of processing your application ***

Check Your Payment Status

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

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

2. Text us
Text directly to 847-448-4311
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3. Chat with us
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4. Make a request
Submit a 3-1-1 service request

5. Self check online through your permit account

Where can I pay my annual Wheel Tax?

Residents can pay the wheel tax and purchase residential parking permits and passes in person at:

City Collector’s Office, Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave. 
The Collector’s Office regular hours are Monday though Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Residents can pay for a wheel tax only at the following locations:

Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave.
Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Evanston-based Currency Exchanges

 

Wheel Tax Fee Guide

Sticker Fees - Description Plate Type Fee On Or Before Due Date
Passenger Car/School Buses PASSENGER $63.75
Motorcycles MCY $45.00
Recreational Vehicles (RV) RV $71.25
Trailers TA $30.00
     
Gross Weight Plate (lbs)    
8,000 or less B $86.25           
8,001 - 10,000 C $93.75
 10,001 - 12,000 D $112.50 
12,001 - 16,000 F $131.25
16,001 - 26,000 H $153.75
26,001 - 28,000 J $157.50
28,001 - 32,000 K $161.25
32,001 - 36,000 L $176.25           
36,001 - 40,000 N $176.25
40,001 - 45,000 P $187.50
45,001 - 50,000 Q $198.75
50,001 - 54,999 R $198.75
50,000 - 59,000 S $210.00
59,001 - 64,000 T $210.00
64,001 - 73,280 V $228.75
73,281 - 77,000 X $240.00
77,001 - 80,000 Z $240.00
Fleet FP Based on GVW FP Based on GVW
Antique AV AV $22.50
     
Exemptions    
Disabled Veterans   Free up to one vehicle
Active Military   Free up to one vehicle
Diplomats   Free up to one vehicle

Transferring a Wheel Tax

If you replace a car at any time during the year, a transfer of your annual wheel tax can be done.  A copy of the new vehicle registration and documentation showing that you no longer own the previous vehicle (trade, sale, donate) must be presented in person at the City Collector's Office, located on the first floor of the Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave, Suite 1300, or by email to citycollector@cityofevanston.org.  The registered owners information must be identical on both vehicles to be eligible for a transfer. 
A wheel tax transfer cannot be processed online.

Bought a new car?

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

Fines

The ticket associated with not paying your wheel tax is $60 with late fees and collection fees added if not paid within the 10 day timeframe.

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.

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.