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Residents may begin to pay for their City of Evanston wheel tax, residential parking permits, and residential parking passes for 2017. The deadline is Dec. 31.
On Oct. 28, preprinted renewal notices will be mailed to residents with an online renewal ID and instructions. With this renewal ID, residents can pay for wheel tax, residential parking permits, and residential parking passes online at cityofevanston.org/wheeltax.
All vehicles registered through the Illinois Secretary of State to an Evanston address are required to pay an annual wheel tax. Compliance is checked by License Plate Recognition technology, which stores the license plates of all vehicles registered to an Evanston address, as the City no longer issues physical vehicle wheel tax stickers. Failure to
pay the wheel tax may subject drivers to parking tickets.
Residents are strongly encouraged to submit the wheel tax payment early, either online or by mail. There is no additional fee to pay online; instructions are available regarding required documentation for verification and processing.
Residents can also pay the wheel tax and purchase residential parking permits and passes in person at the City Collector’s Office, Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave. The Collector’s Office will be open 7 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays Nov. 1-Dec. 30. Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave., office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Wheel tax payments only can also be made in person at Evanston-based currency exchanges and at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
Those who wish to pay in person but do not receive a preprinted notice may still apply online or can pick up an application at the Levy Center or the Morton Civic Center. The cost for a regular passenger car vehicle sticker is $75. A penalty may be added to all applications received or postmarked after Dec. 31. Information about rates for other vehicle types, senior discounts, and disabled veteran and active-duty personnel programs is available by visiting cityofevanston.org/wheeltax or calling/texting 847-448-4311.