Required Vehicle Documentation for New Residents & New Vehicles

If you are a new resident to Chicago, or your vehicle is new to you (or both) you must provide, via in your email or in person, one of the following in addition to your required vehicle documentation:


  • 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 - must include VIN
  • Executed vehicle title document (in lieu of bill of sale from a bona fide vehicle seller / dealership) - must include VIN
  • 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

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) to avoid this late fee and only pay for the time from your move-in/purchase date through the sticker expiration date, then you must provide additional documentation along with your required vehicle documentation.

NOTE: You are subject to the Wheel Tax on the exact date you move to Chicago and/or acquire a new vehicle, and your City Vehicle Sticker Term Start will be the first of the month in which you moved to Chicago or acquired your vehicle.

The date your document was processed/printed/stamped by the issuing entity (such as the Illinois Secretary of State, Illinois Department of Revenue, etc.) is irrelevant to the City Vehicle Sticker Term Start. Please ensure that your move-in/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.