President Preckwinkle is reminding residents of unincorporated Cook County that vehicle stickers and tags are now on sale at most local township offices, online and at the Cook County Building downtown.
Residents of unincorporated Cook County who own vehicles are required to purchase Cook County Vehicle Licenses, per the Wheel Tax Ordinance (Chapter 74, Article XVI). Those who own businesses in unincorporated Cook County and keep vehicles there are also required to purchase a sticker. A late penalty equal to the price of the sticker or $25, whichever is greater, will be charged for purchases after July 1st, 2012.
This year, license prices are as follows:
- XSV for small passenger vehicles – $80 (4,500 pounds or less)
- XLV for larger passenger vehicle – $100 (4,500 or more)
- MB for motorcycle – $50
- NF, or no vehicle sticker fee for seniors over 65, the physically disabled, disabled veterans and municipal cars.
On November 18, 2011, the County Board of Commissioners voted to raise the Wheel Tax for the first time in six years to help offset the cost of providing services such as highway infrastructure, public health, and safety to pockets of unincorporated Cook. The last increase in the Wheel Tax was in 2005. The ordinance was amended in 2009 to include no-fee stickers for vehicles owned by senior citizens, the disabled, municipalities, schools, churches and non-profits.
Vehicle stickers and tags are available online at www.cookcountyil.gov/revenue, at most township offices, or in person at the Cook County Department of Revenue, 118 N. Clark St., Rm. 1160. Additional information on fees can be found on the website listed above, or by calling 312-603-6961.