All vehicles registered in the State of Illinois with a Wilmette address, must also be registered with the Village through the purchase of a vehicle license sticker. The costs for these stickers are listed below:
- Passenger- $80
- Motorcycle- $25
- All other vehicle types- $95
Senior citizens (ages 65 and older) who meet the annual HUD income guidelines are eligible for a $10 discount (limit one per senior citizen).
The sale of vehicle stickers begins on March 1st each year and stickers must be displayed by April 15th. Vehicle stickers purchased after May 15th will be assessed a late fee equal to the original cost of the sticker (ex: a passenger vehicle sticker will cost $160). Vehicles not displaying the current year’s vehicle sticker are subject to a citation.
New residents to Wilmette have a 30 day grace period in which a sticker may be purchased without penalty. Stickers which are lost or stolen may be replaced by purchasing a duplicate sticker at a cost of $1.00. Residents who purchase a new vehicle and will be transferring their license plates to the new vehicle may purchase a transfer sticker at a cost of $1.00.
For more information on the annual vehicle sticker rules and regulations, please click here.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: I purchased my sticker(s) online. When and how will I receive them?
A: Stickers purchased online will be mailed to you directly. Customers typically receive their stickers within 1 week of purchase.
Q: I received my stickers in separate envelopes. Why?
A: Stickers are mailed individually to help ensure that stickers are sent to the correct household. The Village negotiated a discounted postage rate to help offset this extra expense. The additional expense of this mailing technique was taken into consideration when selecting the vendor to manage the Village’s program.
Q: The display deadline is April 15th. Will I get a ticket if I purchase my sticker online but haven’t yet received it?
A: The Wilmette Police Department enforces the April 15th purchase/display deadline with the mailing delay being taken into consideration. This way customers will have time to purchase online all the way up to April 15th. Online purchases made AFTER April 15th could result in a citation being issued if the vehicle is observed parked on a Village street without a valid sticker displayed.
Q: I sold my car and bought a new vehicle. Can I re-use my current sticker?
A: The sticker is not transferable. A replacement sticker can be obtained for $1 from the Village Hall, 1200 Wilmette Ave., between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Q: I didn’t receive a renewal application in the mail for a vehicle I own. Do I still need to purchase a sticker?
A: Yes. The ordinance requires that a sticker be purchased for all vehicles currently registered to an address in Wilmette. You can provide the vehicle information (Make, Model, Year, Plate Number) at the time of purchase, either online during the regular season (March 1st through May 15th) or at any time in person at the Village Hall, 1200 Wilmette Ave. Office Hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.