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). 

Renew Online 

  • Renew my wheel tax  You will need the renewal form to retrieve the online ID and your license plate
  • Pay my new wheel tax  This is for a new vehicle paying for a wheel tax only and has not yet registered with the city of Evanston or has not received a renewal form in the mail
  • Pay my new wheel tax and parking permit This is for a new vehicle paying for both a wheel tax and a parking permit and has not yet registered with the city of Evanston or has not received a renewal form in the mail. Please check aboutmyplace311 to verify if your address is eligible for a parking permit
  • Pay for my parking permit only This is non wheel tax applicants just requiring a parking permit only. Please check aboutmyplace311  to verify if your address is eligible for a parking permit

 

Having trouble finding your ONLINE ID on the form?

WheelTaxSample2019

Pay in-person or by mail

Please use the envelopes provided to send the renewal forms by mail. The Collector’s Office regular hours are Monday though Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Blank Wheel Tax 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. For additional information, please contact the City Collector's Office at 847-448-4311 or visit the FAQ page for more information.

Check Your 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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Chat with us
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Make a request
Submit a 3-1-1 service request

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. The office will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 22 and 23, and on Monday and Tuesday, December 24 and 25. 

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. 
Note: From Dec. 17-31, hours are Monday through Friday , 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wheel tax payments only can also be made in person at:
Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St.
Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Evanston-based Currency Exchanges

Wheel Tax Fee Guide

Sticker Fees - Description Plate Type Fee On Or Before Due Date

      Fee After
      
Due Date

Passenger Car/School Buses PASSENGER $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
       
Exemptions      
Disabled Veterans   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 July 1, 2019, you will pay only 50 percent of the applicable fee when applying for a 2019 wheel tax. Late fees are applicable after 30 days of a new purchase.

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. 

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.