Transferring a Chicago City Vehicle Sticker
To transfer your vehicle sticker to another vehicle, you must do the following:
1.) Bring in and surrender your old sticker, regardless of its condition.
2.) Provide your State Vehicle Registration ID Card AND proof of purchase date for the new vehicle, such as a bill of sale.
Please note the following:
– The transfer fee is $20.00 when sticker type does not change. An additional upgrade fee for a different vehicle type may be required.
– The fee for transferring a Residential Zone vehicle sticker to a new Residential Zone is $10.00. Proof of residency is required to change zone.
Vehicle stickers are not transferable between individuals.
Can I transfer my old Chicago City Vehicle Sticker to a new vehicle?
To transfer your Chicago City Vehicle Sticker, you must provide the old Chicago City Vehicle Sticker. Bring that vehicle sticker along with the State Vehicle Registration ID Card AND registration documentation for the new vehicle (such as a bill of sale) to any City Clerk Office location (Finance locations and third party sellers do NOT perform Transfers). If your new vehicle is the same type as your old vehicle sticker, the fee is $20.00, otherwise an upgrade fee may be applied.
What if I bought a new vehicle from someone and a Chicago City Vehicle Sticker was already in the window?
Chicago City Vehicle Stickers are not transferable between individuals. You must return the existing vehicle sticker to the person you purchased the vehicle from. You must then purchase a sticker for your new vehicle either online or in-person at any sales location.
Replacing a Chicago City Vehicle Sticker
If a vehicle sticker is stolen, lost, placed on the wrong vehicle or must be replaced for any other reason, a replacement vehicle sticker can be provided for a $30.00 fee.
Please note the following:
– To replace a vehicle sticker, you must provide the original vehicle sticker purchase receipt.
– If a vehicle sticker is lost or stolen, you must provide a police report to obtain a new vehicle sticker.
– If your vehicle’s windshield is damaged or replaced, the old vehicle sticker must be surrendered or a bill for the windshield replacement must be provided.
What if my Chicago City Vehicle Sticker was placed on the wrong vehicle?
Chicago City Vehicle Stickers are customized and include the make, model, license plate number and other information specific to each vehicle.
If you accidentally applied a Chicago City Vehicle Sticker to the wrong car, remove the vehicle sticker and bring it back to any City Clerk Office location to receive a replacement. Please note there is $30.00 fee for each replacement Chicago City Vehicle Sticker.
What if I ordered my Chicago City Vehicle Sticker online, but never received it?
Chicago City Vehicle Stickers purchased online should arrive within seven business days.
If more than seven days have passed since you ordered your Chicago City Vehicle Sticker online, or if more than 30 days have passed since you ordered your Chicago City Vehicle Sticker in the mail, please call us at 312-744-6770 to determine if your Chicago City Vehicle Sticker was returned as undeliverable.
If the Office of the City Clerk received your Chicago City Vehicle Sticker in our returned mail, we will verify your correct address and mail it to you once again. If we determine it has been lost in the mail, you are eligible to receive a replacement Chicago City Vehicle Sticker.
To receive a replacement Chicago City Vehicle Sticker, you must complete an affidavit form and bring the affidavit to any City Clerk Office location.
Motorists getting Chicago City Vehicle Sticker for the first time or motorists who are transferring their old Chicago City Vehicle Sticker to a newly acquired vehicle, MUST bring in one of the following to demonstrate that the vehicle was obtained or purchased within the last 30 days. If this documentation is not provided, motorists are required to pay a $60.00 late fee ($30.00 for seniors age 65 and older as of the last day of their vehicle sticker expiration month.)
To prove vehicle purchase date, motorists must present one of the following forms of acceptable documentation
- Bill of sale from a bona fide vehicle seller / dealership
- Executed vehicle title document from the Illinois Secretary of State (in lieu of bill of sale from a bona fide vehicle seller / dealership; see Exhibit A)
- Customer-copy of validated Illinois Secretary of State VSD 190 Form
- Customer-copy of validated Illinois Department of Revenue ST-556 Form
A State Vehicle Registration ID card alone is not sufficient to demonstrate proof of purchase date.
Please note that we still require a State Vehicle Registration ID Card for proof of full VIN, license plate, and plate expiration for all vehicles new to our records.
A late fee will be applied for all Chicago City Vehicle Stickers purchased after the 30-day grace period designated for new residents and recently acquired vehicles, and the customer will pay the prorated and backcharged Wheel Tax from their Subject to Wheel Tax Date (or Term Start) through their assigned Chicago City Vehicle Sticker expiration date.