Revenue from the City Vehicle Sticker helps fund the repair, maintenance and improvement of the more than 4,000 miles of Chicago’s streets and roadways.
City Vehicle Stickers are issued annually and are valid as soon as they are applied to the windshield. In other words, as soon as you get your new City Vehicle Sticker, remove your old sticker and replace it with the new one. City Vehicle Stickers expire on June 30th of each year.
A Chicago resident with a vehicle that is used for more than 30 days in the City of Chicago must purchase and display a City Vehicle Sticker.
Just Purchased Your Vehicle?
You have 30 days from the date you bought your vehicle (or, if received as a gift, the date you received your vehicle) to purchase and display a City Vehicle Sticker.
New to Chicago?
You have 30 days from your move-in date to purchase and display a City Vehicle Sticker.
Car Registered in a Different City?
A common misconception is that a Chicago resident is not required to purchase a City Vehicle Sticker if the resident registers his or her car outside the City. This is not true. Any Chicago resident using his or her vehicle in the City must have a City Vehicle Sticker — regardless of where the vehicle is registered. Failure to do so could result in a minimum $200 ticket(s).
Own a Motorcycle or a Moped?
Just like four-wheeled cars and trucks, motorized two-wheeled and three-wheeled vehicles are also required to pay the City “wheel” tax. Since many of these vehicles do not have windshields, the City Clerk sells a special medallion to be applied to the license plate instead of the typical Vehicle Sticker. These are only sold at City Clerk Offices and online.