It’s time to pay the annual wheel tax


If you live in Evanston, you will probably receive a notice this week from the city about paying the annual Wheel Tax for the vehicles you own. Be sure to pay it by the end of the year, or it will cost you more, the city warns.

Years ago, you purchased a sticker each year that needed to be attached to the inside of your front windshield. But today, thanks to advancing technology, that is no longer necessary. Just by pointing a camera at your license plate, an officer can tell immediately whether or not you are in compliance.

The wheel tax for a regular passenger car is $75. But if you wait until after Dec. 31, the price shoots up to $113. If you own a motorcycle, the fee is $50, or $75 after the due date. For recreational vehicles, the fee is $85 before Dec. 31 or $128 after Dec. 31, and  trailers are charged $30, or $45 if paid late.

Also due are fees for residential parking permits and residential parking passes.

Additional information about all these fees, and how you can pay them, is available on the city’s website.


Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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