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Ordinance

Cook County Wheel Tax on Motor Vehicles - Chapter 74, ARTICLE XIV  (at municode.com)


 

Key Provisions and Fees for 2013

 

Image of 2012 Vehicle Sticker2013 Cook County Vehicle Stickers/Tags

2013 Unincorporated Vehicle Stickers are now available.
Your Cook County Vehicle Sticker or Tag must be displayed on your vehicle by July 1st.  
 

Vehicle owners in unincorporated Cook County, who do not receive an application in the mail, can either pick one up at their Township office, download one from the this site or call the Department of Revenue to have one mailed.

 

To purchase your sticker online, please click here

 

 


 

FEES AND LOCATIONS

2013 Vehicle Sticker Classes, Fees and Township Locations
("2013 Vehicle_Classes-Fees.pdf")


Cook County Vehicle Licenses may be purchased:

  • in person

  • online

  • at Township offices

  • or by mail

     

Make checks payable to Cook County Collector.
 


WHO SHOULD BUY A COOK COUNTY VEHICLE LICENSE?

If you live in unincorporated Cook County and own a vehicle, you are required to purchase a Cook County Vehicle License; a vehicle sticker for cars and trucks or vehicle plate for motorcycles and trailers.

If you own a business in unincorporated Cook County and keep a vehicle there, you are required to purchase a Cook County Vehicle License.
 


 

GUIDELINES

  • Cook County Vehicle Licenses are valid from July 1st through June 30th of the following year. Cook County stickers must be purchased and displayed by July 1st of each year.

  • Passenger vehicles, trucks and busses must display a current Cook County sticker in the bottom right hand corner of the windshield. Motorcycles and trailers must display a Cook County license plate on the rear end of the vehicle.

  • Passenger vehicles weighing over 4,500 lbs are required to display an XLV (Large Vehicle) sticker.

  • A qualified religious institution or charitable organization may be entitled to receive ‘NF’ class stickers at no charge.

  • Commercial motor vehicles as defined under 625 ILCS 5/18b-101 and registered as apportionable vehicles with the Illinois Secretary of State pursuant to 625 ILCS 5/3-402.1 are exempt from the Cook County Wheel Tax.

 


PENALTY FOR LATE PURCHASE

If you purchase your sticker after July 1st you will be charged a late penalty equal to the price of the sticker or $25, whichever is greater. You may also be subject to additional penalties if your license is not displayed by July 1st.

 


 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

1) Are all ‘XLV’ classed vehicles listed on the table provided? No. Please refer to the guide.
2) Can a new recently purchase vehicle be listed incorrect on the application? Yes. This can occur if a new vehicle has recently been purchased. The changes should be noted on the back of the application and the “Data Change” box should be checked.
3) What is the late fee for customers purchasing licenses after July 1st? The late penalty is equal to the price of the license or $25, whichever is greater.
4) What is the late fee for customers purchasing No Fee Licenses (NF) after July 1st? The late fee for ‘NF’ Licenses is $25.
5) Does the vehicle have to be registered to the applicant of the vehicle license? Yes, for a business as it pertains to commercial use.
6) Does the County have a database or list of unincorporated addresses? Yes, used only by Cook County Department of Revenue.
7) Do both pre-printed and manual applications have to be completed entirely? No.
8) Does the applicant need a driver’s license? Not in all cases. It’s determined on a case by case basis.
9) Can we accept an ID from another person, not the owner of the vehicle? No.
10) Is the penalty waived for residents moving to unincorporated Cook County after July 1st? Yes. There is a 60 day grace period.
11) If a vehicle owner purchase a license for their vehicle, and are no longer in possession of the vehicle can they obtain a refund? No.
12) If the owner is moving from unincorporated Cook County within a month, can they purchase a temporary license or obtain a
refund on the license they purchase? No. 
13) What are exemptions? This located on the fourth bullet point under the Senior's Frequently Asked Questions.
14) What is accepted proof for vehicles owned by a person with disabilities? Vehicle Registration Certificate shows that the person has disabled plates or the registration card.
15) What is the accepted proof for vehicles owned by disabled veterans? Proof of service, related disability from the Veterans Affairs Department or service of the United States Military.
16) What is the last day to purchase the vehicle license without a late fee? 
June 30th.      

 

 


SENIORS GUIDELINES

  • A Senior is a person who has turned 65 by July 1st of the current year.
  • A Senior is entitled to a 'No Fee" sticker that will remain effective for as long as he or she owns that vehicle. This discount is limited to only 2 passenger vehicles or trucks weighing less than 10,000 lbs.
  • Seniors who own large trucks, motorcycles or trailers are required to pay full price for those licenses.
 

SENIORS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What happens if a senior owns a motorcycle or trailer? The Senior Discount applies ONLY to passenger vehicles and small trucks (XSV, XLV, A).
What if a senior owns more than 2 vehicles? Seniors are entitled to ONLY 2 NF licenses. They must pay full price for any additional vehicles.

If a senior owns a business and registers his or her vehicle in the business name, can he purchase a ‘NF’ license?
No, full cost of license applies.

What are exemptions?
(No Fee Licenses). This vehicle license will have no expiration date and will remain valid for the duration of the ownership of the vehicle it also has the word permanent printed on the license and the Sequence begin with NF.
 

ACCORDING TO THE ORDINANCE:

(a) All vehicles owned and operated upon the public ways of the unincorporated area of Cook County by the United States Government or any agency thereof, or by the State of Illinois or any department thereof, or by any political subdivision, public or municipal corporation of the State of Illinois or any department or other agency of such corporation, or by a nonprofit organization as defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended, such as the American Red Cross, and all buses owned and operated by churches in conjunction with the authorized activities of said institutions under Section 3-616 of the Illinois Vehicle Code, shall be exempt from the vehicle tax.
 
(b) Vehicles owned by a person with disabilities and registered with the State of Illinois under 625 ILCS 5/3-616, shall be exempt from this tax.
 
(c) Vehicles owned by a disabled veteran, who has provided proof of a disability connected to service in the United States military, shall be exempt from this tax.
 
A maximum of two vehicles owned by a person over the age of 65 shall upon satisfactory proof of the owner's age be exempt from this tax. This exemption is limited to vehicles in the XSV, XLV, or A class.

 

 

 

Agency Contact Information Portlet  
Contact Information
Contact Information

Bureau Name:

Finance, Bureau of

Main Office:

118 N. Clark Street Room 1160
Chicago, Illinois 60602

Telephone: (312) 603-6870

Director:
Zahra Ali, Director

Hours:
M-F: 8:30AM-4.30PM;
Sat-Sun: Closed

URL:
http://cookcountyil.gov/
Revenue