Vehicle Stickers

Vehicle stickers for Morton Grove residents are on sale and must be displayed May 1, 2016.  All vehicles registered in the State of Illinois with a Morton Grove address, must also be registered with the Village through the purchase of a vehicle sticker.

The cost for each passenger car sticker is $55 until April 30, 2016.  There will be a $10 late fee added to the price of each sticker from May 1 to July 31.   Stickers purchased after, July 31 2016, will incur a late payment penalty of $20 for a total fee of $75 per vehicle.

Vehicle stickers may be purchased online or by by mailing in an application with payment or at the Morton Grove Village Hall, 6101 Capulina Ave., Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Click Here to Purchase a Vehicle Sticker Online

 

Questions & Answers

What types of vehicles need a sticker or a tag?

From our ordinance, a vehicle is defined as follows:

MOTOR VEHICLE: When used in this chapter it shall include automobiles, antique automobiles, trucks, vans, recreational vehicles which are powered by other than human muscular power except for construction equipment, the cars of electric or steam railways and other motor vehicles running only upon rails or tracks, as well as any bicycles or tricycles or similar vehicles propelled exclusively by human muscular power.

MOTORCYCLE/SCOOTER: When used in this chapter it shall include motorcycles, motor scooters, mopeds, motor bicycles and any related device having two (2) or more wheels and propelled by other than human muscular power. (Ord. 12-30, 8-13-2012)” 

What is the difference between a vehicle sticker and a vehicle tag?

Vehicles with windshields will be issued a sticker that is placed inside the car on the windshield near the lower left hand side of the driver’s steering wheel. Motorcycles and scooters will be issued a metal tag which is attached to the rear license plate via screws. 

What is the time period this sticker covers?

The vehicle sticker year runs from May 1st, 2016 through April 30th, 2017. 

What are the penalties for not purchasing a vehicle sticker?

If the sticker is not purchased by April 30th, 2016, there will be a $10 late fee added to the price of each sticker. If the sticker is not purchased by July 29th, 2016, a $20 late fee will be added to the original price of the sticker.

In addition to being required to pay the late fee, a vehicle owner may also receive a ticket or citation for not having purchased the required sticker. Currently the fine for such a ticket is $75.00 and the fine for such a citation is $125.00. 

What information is required from the vehicle owner in order to purchase the new sticker?

We require the make (manufacturer), model, year, color and license plate information for the vehicle. We ask for the resident’s name, address, and driver’s license number. We also ask for a phone number in case we have to contact you for any reason. Sometimes this information is pre-filled on the applications you receive in the mail. Please check the pre-filled information for accuracy and make any necessary changes before submitting the paperwork. 

How or where can I purchase my sticker this year?

There are four ways to purchase vehicle stickers this year.

1. You may purchase a sticker in person at Village Hall. We accept cash, credit or debit cards, checks or money orders. You will receive your vehicle stickers immediately. We do not currently accept American Express ™ for payment.
2. You may use the drop boxes located at the front of Village Hall or in the parking lot. Drop off your completed applications and a check or money order for the correct amount. Your stickers will be mailed to you.
3. You may mail us your completed application and a check or money order for the correct amount. Your stickers will be mailed to you.
4. Use our website at https://www.tmainc.us/XSaLTWebs/tmaXapp/online?MUNI=MG to purchase your stickers and pay via Credit or Debit Card. Your stickers will be mailed to you. 

I will be out of the country when vehicle stickers go on sale.

Use our website at https://www.tmainc.us/XSaLTWebs/tmaXapp/online?MUNI=MG and your stickers will be mailed to your Morton Grove address. 

My car is registered with the Secretary of State’s office to my Morton Grove address. However, the car is in another location and is never driven in Morton Grove.

Regardless of where the car is garaged, stored or driven, if the vehicle has been registered to a Morton Grove address, a vehicle sticker or tag must be purchased for that vehicle. 

What if I have shipped the car to another country and do not plan on bringing it back to Morton Grove, IL?

Regardless of where the car is garaged, stored or driven, if the vehicle has been registered to a Morton Grove address, a vehicle sticker or tag must be purchased for that vehicle. 

I have a garage/driveway and I do not park on the street. Why must I buy a sticker?

The vehicle sticker is not a parking sticker. The Village ordinance states that residents are required to purchase a vehicle sticker. 

My vehicle is not allowed to be parked on a residential street due to Morton Grove ordinances. Why must I buy a sticker?

The vehicle sticker is not a parking sticker. The Village ordinance states that residents are required to purchase a vehicle sticker.

The fees collected from the sale of vehicle stickers are applied towards the many expenses involved with the repair, maintenance, and upkeep of the Village’s roads. 

I plan to move out of the village within a few weeks. Do I still need to purchase a vehicle sticker?

Yes. As long as the car is registered to an address in Morton Grove, a vehicle sticker is required. Any vehicle without a current sticker is subject to being ticketed and fined. 

I am only a co-signer on the loan for the vehicle. Why do I have to purchase a vehicle sticker?

All co-signers on a loan are also co-owners of the vehicle, even if they do not live in the same household or community. The address used for the registration of the car with the Secretary of State’s office is the one that determines which community’s ordinances must be followed. If that registration address is in Morton Grove, a sticker must be purchased. 

I just use a PO Box in Morton Grove.

If you have used the PO Box in Morton Grove to register your car with the Secretary of State’s office, you are required to buy a vehicle sticker. 

I have already purchased a sticker for another community. Do I have to purchase a second sticker for Morton Grove as well?

The address on the registration determines which community you must purchase a sticker for. If you have already purchased a sticker for another community, you must either change the registration with the Secretary of State’s office before May 1st, 2016 to match the address in that community or you must buy a sticker for the Village of Morton Grove. The address used for the registration of the car with the Secretary of State’s office is the one that determines which community’s ordinances must be followed. If that registration address is in Morton Grove, a sticker must be purchased.

The registration/plates on my car have expired.

Any motorized vehicle owned by a resident of Morton Grove is required to be registered with the Secretary of State and also with the Village of Morton Grove. An unregistered vehicle is considered to be a nuisance vehicle by the Village and will be treated accordingly. The owner of the vehicle must become compliant with the ordinance or the vehicle will be ticketed and/or towed. 

The vehicle is not drivable or operable. Must I buy a sticker?

An inoperable motor vehicle is considered a nuisance vehicle per Village code. These vehicles are unlawful and are prohibited within the corporate limits. 

The owner of the car is deceased and I am executor of the estate. I plan to sell the car but I haven’t been able to sell it yet.

The vehicle must still be registered to the Village even though the car is for sale. A sticker is required. If you receive an application for renewal of the sticker after the car is sold or disposed of, you may provide us with evidence of sale and we will remove the vehicle from our registry. 
 

Can I transfer my sticker from one vehicle to another?

In the event that you are disposing of one vehicle, you are allowed to transfer the sticker from the original vehicle to the replacement vehicle. Scrape off the old sticker and bring it to Village Hall for a replacement and to update your record with us. You will receive a new sticker. The cost of replacement is currently $5.00. 

Why did I receive two applications for the same vehicle?

Receiving two applications usually means that our records at Village Hall are different from the Secretary of State’s records. If you do receive two applications for the same vehicle, please review both applications for errors and then return both to us so that we can delete the incorrect information. Failure to correct a vehicle information mistake can result in the issuance of a citation. 

What are the requirements to receive the reduced Antique Vehicle rate?

In order to receive the reduced rate for Antique Vehicles, the vehicle must be registered with the Secretary of State as an antique vehicle and have state issued AV plates. Qualification for the rate is not determined by the vintage of vehicle, but rather by the State’s classification of the car as an Antique Vehicle. Only vehicles with AV plates will receive the reduced rate. You must show the registration certificate showing the AV classification to receive the reduced rate. 

What are the requirements to receive the reduced Senior Citizen rate?

To qualify for the reduced rate, the resident must be 65 years of age before May 1st, 2016, have a valid driver’s license, be the registered owner of the vehicle, and be the majority operator of the vehicle. The reduced rate is only available on passenger cars or vans. The reduced rate is not available on motorcycle or scooter tags nor is it available on Trucks B-R. 

I will be turning 65 during the vehicle sticker year (May 1st, 2016 through April 30th, 2017). When will I be eligible for the reduced rate?

You will be eligible for the reduced rate the following vehicle sticker year. 

Do I have to show my driver’s license every year to qualify for the reduced Senior Citizen rate?

You will be asked to show your driver’s license every year. 

Why do I have to prove that I no longer own the car?

Much of our information comes from the Secretary of State’s database. In order to take action that is contrary to what is on the Secretary of State’s database, we must have documentation on file. In order to avoid any problems in the future, it is imperative to you as the previous owner of the car that our records are accurate and up to date.

We will start deleting these sold or disposed vehicles from our records at the end of March, 2016. 

I returned my application and wrote on it that I sold the car, yet the car was not removed from the registry and I received a citation in the mail. Why did this happen?

A handwritten note is not sufficient proof of disposal of the car. To have your car removed from our records permanently you must provide us with official documentation. The documentation required will vary depending on the method of disposal.

►For vehicles donated to charity, a receipt from the charity showing the date of donation, vehicle identification number or other identifying information is required. Alternatively, you may ask the charity to write a letter on its letterhead stationary with date of donation and other identifying information. This letter must include the signature of the charity’s officer as well as contact information for same.

►For vehicles that have been determined to be totaled after an accident, a copy of the insurance settlement paperwork will be accepted.

►For vehicles that have simply stopped working and ownership was transferred to a salvage company, a signed and dated copy of the paperwork showing ownership transfer is acceptable.

►For vehicles sold or gifted to new owners in a private sale, a copy of the VSD 703 (Seller’s Report of Sale) signed by the seller and certified by the Secretary of State, is acceptable. Contact your local Secretary of State’s office for further information on how to obtain this document.

►For vehicles traded in on a new vehicle through a dealer, the paperwork showing the transaction is acceptable. The documents must be signed and dated.

►For vehicles sold outright to the dealer, the paperwork showing the transaction is acceptable. The documents must be signed and dated.

►For more information on selling a used vehicle and the proper documentation to keep for your personal records, contact the Secretary of State Vehicle Services Department at 1-800-252-8980 (current as of 12/10/13).