Grace Period, Late Fees & Ticketing - Documentation Requirements

New records – by default – include a $60.00 late fee ($30.00 for senior-discounted City Stickers) as well as possible monthly prorated backcharges. If you are a new resident to Chicago, or your vehicle is new to you (or both), avoid this late fee and only pay for the time you began your residency/purchase date through the sticker expiration date by also including (in your email or in person) one of the following:


  • Lease document proving date of lease of residential property
  • Mortgage document or deed proving purchase date of residential property


  • Bill of sale from a bona fide vehicle seller / dealership
  • Executed vehicle title document (in lieu of bill of sale from a bona fide vehicle seller / dealership)
  • Customer-copy of a validated Illinois Department of Revenue Official Form: ST-556
  • Customer-copy of a validated Illinois Secretary of State Official Form: VSD 190

NOTE: You are subject to the Wheel Tax on the exact date you begin your residency in Chicago and/or acquire a new vehicle, and your City Vehicle Sticker Term Start will be the first of the month in which you reside in Chicago or acquired your vehicle. The date your document was processed/printed/stamped by the issuing entity (Illinois Secretary of State, Illinois Department of Revenue, etc.) is irrelevant. Please ensure that your residency/purchase date are clearly indicated on your validated documentation.

Beginning July 1, 2016, the grace period for late fees will be 30 days, but there will no longer be a grace period for tickets. Hence, a vehicle with an expired City Vehicle Sticker may receive a ticket the 1st day after the City Sticker expires.



Due to periodic system outages on Monday, Oct. 31 and Tuesday, Nov. 1 at Chicago City Vehicle Sticker sales locations, including City Clerk, Department of Finance and third-party vendor locations and pursuant to Chapter 3-56-040(c) of the Chicago Municipal Code, customers who have vehicle stickers that expire on October 31, 2016 (10/16) will be exempt from penalties, including tickets, through Friday, Nov. 4, 2016.