TITLE 7
MOTOR VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC
CHAPTER 1
VEHICLE LICENSES
SECTION:
7-1-1: Applicability; Vehicle License Required
7-1-2: Failure To Obtain Vehicle License
7-1-3: Application; Issuance Of Vehicle License; Term
7-1-4: Display Of Windshield Sticker Or License Plate Tag
7-1-5: Transfer Of Licensed Vehicle; Transfer Of Vehicle License
7-1-6: Vehicle License Fees
7-1-1: APPLICABILITY; VEHICLE LICENSE REQUIRED:
   A.   Applicability Of Chapter: Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, the licensing requirements of this chapter apply to every motor vehicle, motor driven cycle, motorcycle, or other motor vehicle, as those terms are defined in the Illinois Vehicle Code, 625 Illinois Compiled Statutes 5/1, that is: 1) registered to the address of any property located within the corporate limits of the City; or 2) registered to the address of any property located outside the corporate limits of the City but stored at a location within the corporate limits of the City for use on public rights-of-way within the City.
   B.   License Required: Every owner or operator of a vehicle subject to this chapter must obtain and display a valid and current vehicle license issued by the City in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
   C.   Penalty: Any person who violates this section shall be fined as provided in section 7-10-6 of this title. (Ord. M-8-14, 3-3-2014)
7-1-2: FAILURE TO OBTAIN VEHICLE LICENSE:
In addition to any other applicable fines and fees set forth in this chapter, any person who, during a prior year or years, did not obtain and display a vehicle license as required by this chapter shall pay the applicable vehicle license fee for the most recent prior year that the person failed to obtain a vehicle license, which fee will be determined in accordance with subsection 7-1-6B of this chapter. (Ord. M-8-14, 3-3-2014)
7-1-3: APPLICATION; ISSUANCE OF VEHICLE LICENSE; TERM:
   A.   Application: Any person who must obtain a vehicle license pursuant to this chapter shall file an application provided by the City with the Department of Finance, which application must include the name and address of the applicant, a description of the vehicle for which the license is desired, and other information as may be required by the Department of Finance. The completed application shall be submitted to the Department of Finance along with the applicable license fee set forth in section 7-1-6 of this chapter.
   B.   Issuance Of License: Upon receipt of a complete application and of payment by the applicant of the applicable license fee set forth in section 7-1-6 of this chapter, the Department of Finance shall issue a license authorizing the use of the vehicle within the City until the expiration of the license. (Ord. M-8-14, 3-3-2014)
   C.   Vehicle License Deadlines And Terms: A first time vehicle license must be obtained not more than sixty (60) days after the date that a vehicle first becomes subject to this chapter, which first time license will be valid from the date of issuance until the immediate following June 30. Each year thereafter, a new vehicle license must be obtained for the same vehicle prior to July 1, which license will be valid from July 1 of that year through June 30 of the following year. (Ord. M-41-18, 1-7-2019)
7-1-4: DISPLAY OF WINDSHIELD STICKER OR LICENSE PLATE TAG:
Upon the issuance of a vehicle license, the Department of Finance shall deliver to the applicant a windshield sticker or a license plate tag. It shall be unlawful for any person to use any vehicle subject to this chapter upon the streets, avenues, or alleys of the City unless a current City issued windshield sticker or license plate tag is displayed as provided in this section.
   A.   Windshield Sticker: When a vehicle license is issued for a vehicle other than a motor driven cycle or motorcycle, the Department of Finance will issue a windshield sticker bearing the vehicle license number and the vehicle license expiration date. The owner or operator of the licensed vehicle must securely affix, without the use of supplemental adhesives, the windshield sticker on the lower left hand corner of the licensed vehicle's front windshield.
   B.   License Plate Tag: When a vehicle license is issued for a motor driven cycle or motorcycle, the Department of Finance will issue a license plate tag bearing the vehicle license number and vehicle license expiration date. The owner or operator of the licensed vehicle must securely attach the license plate tag to the licensed vehicle's rear license plate in a manner that does not obstruct the view of any information set forth on the license plate. (Ord. M-8-14, 3-3-2014)
7-1-5: TRANSFER OF LICENSED VEHICLE; TRANSFER OF VEHICLE LICENSE:
   A.   Transfer Of Licensed Vehicle: Except as provided in subsection B of this section, if a licensee transfers title to any City licensed vehicle, the licensee shall, immediately after the transfer, return the windshield sticker or license plate tag issued by the City to the Department of Finance or furnish evidence satisfactory to the Department of Finance that the windshield sticker or license plate tag has been destroyed.
   B.   Transfer Of Vehicle License: If a licensee transfers title to a City licensed vehicle having an unexpired vehicle license and then acquires title to another vehicle requiring a vehicle license, the licensee may apply to the Department of Finance to transfer the vehicle license of the transferred vehicle to the newly acquired vehicle. Upon receipt of: 1) an application to transfer the vehicle license; 2) the windshield sticker or license plate tag issued by the City for the transferred vehicle, or evidence satisfactory to the Department of Finance that this windshield sticker or license plate tag has been destroyed; and 3) payment of the applicable vehicle license transfer fee in accordance with subsection C of this section, the Department of Finance will issue a new windshield sticker or license plate tag for the newly acquired vehicle. Any vehicle license transferred pursuant to this subsection will expire on the same date as it would have expired if it had not been transferred.
   C.   Vehicle License Transfer Fees: The fee to transfer a vehicle license pursuant to subsection B of this section shall be as follows: (Ord. M-8-14, 3-3-2014)
      1.   If the vehicle license fee applicable to the newly acquired vehicle is the same as or less than the vehicle license fee applicable to the transferred vehicle, as those vehicle license fees are set forth in section 7-1-6 of this chapter, the vehicle license transfer fee shall be five dollars ($5.00). The vehicle license transfer fee for senior citizen, disability, non-profit license classes shall be two dollars ($2.00).
      2.   If the vehicle license fee applicable to the newly acquired vehicle is greater than the vehicle license fee applicable to the transferred vehicle, as those vehicle license fees are set forth in section 7-1-6 of this chapter, the vehicle license transfer fee shall be five dollars ($5.00) (except that for senior citizen, disability, non-profit license classes the vehicle license transfer fee shall be $2.00) plus the difference between the amount of the vehicle license fee applicable to the newly acquired vehicle and the vehicle license fee applicable to the transferred vehicle.
      3.   If a licensee transfers title to a City licensed vehicle having an unexpired vehicle license from another municipality, the transfer fee shall be five dollars ($5.00). The vehicle license transfer fee for senior citizen, disability, non- profit license classes shall be two dollars ($2.00). Proof of valid unexpired vehicle license must be presented at the time of purchase.
      4.   Under no circumstance will the City refund any vehicle license fee, or any part thereof, as a result of any transfer of title to a licensed vehicle or of any transfer of a vehicle license. (Ord. M-41-18, 1-7-2019)
7-1-6: VEHICLE LICENSE FEES:
   A.   Licenses Valid July 1 Through June 30: The vehicle license fees for a vehicle license that is valid from July 1 through June 30 of the following year shall be as follows:
 
License Class
If Paid Prior To July 1
If Paid On Or After July 1
Senior citizen, disability, nonprofits, antique vehicles (AV)
$5.00
$10.00
Motorcycles, expanded use antique vehicles
20.00
40.00
Passenger vehicles
30.00
60.00
Trucks - Class B (8,000 lbs. and less)
40.00
80.00
RVs, buses, for hire, funeral home plate (FH), ambulance plate
50.00
100.00
Trucks - Class D and F (8,001 lbs. to 16,000 lbs.), tow trucks
80.00
160.00
Trucks - Class H and above (over 16,001 lbs.)
100.00
200.00
 
   B.   Licenses Issued After June 30 And Prior To January 1: The vehicle license fees for a first time vehicle license that is issued on a date after June 30 and prior to January 1 shall be as follows:
 
License Class
If Paid Within 60 Days After Date Of New Vehicle Purchase, New Residency In City, Or New Vehicle Registration To Address In City
If Paid 61 Or More Days After Date Of New Vehicle Purchase, New Residency In City, Or New Vehicle Registration To Address In City
Senior citizen, disability, nonprofits, antique vehicles (AV)
$5.00
$10.00
Motorcycles, expanded use antique vehicles
20.00
40.00
Passenger vehicles
30.00
60.00
Trucks - Class B (8,000 lbs. and less)
40.00
80.00
RVs, buses, for hire, funeral home plate (FH), ambulance plate
50.00
100.00
Trucks - Class D and F (8,001 lbs. to 16,000 lbs.), tow trucks
80.00
160.00
Trucks - Class H and above (over 16,001 lbs.)
100.00
200.00
 
   C.   Licenses Issued After December 31 And Prior To July 1: The vehicle license fees for a first time vehicle license that is issued on a date after December 31 and prior to July 1 shall be as follows:
 
License Class
If Paid Within 60 Days After Date Of New Vehicle Purchase, New Residency In City, Or New Vehicle Registration To Address In City
If Paid 61 Or More Days After Date Of New Vehicle Purchase, New Residency In City, Or New Vehicle Registration To Address In City
Senior citizen, disability, nonprofits, antique vehicles (AV)
$2.50
$5.00
Motorcycles, expanded use antique vehicles
10.00
20.00
Passenger vehicles
15.00
30.00
Trucks - Class B (8,000 lbs. and less)
20.00
40.00
RVs, buses, for hire, funeral home plate (FH), ambulance plate
25.00
50.00
Trucks - Class D and F (8,001 lbs. to 16,000 lbs.), tow trucks
40.00
80.00
Trucks - Class H and above (over 16,001 lbs.)
50.00
100.00
 
(Ord. M-41-18, 1-7-2019)
   D.   Special License Class Definitions And Requirements: The following definitions and requirements apply, in addition to any other requirements of this chapter, to certain license classes set forth in this section:
      1.   Senior Citizen: The senior citizen license class applies to any person who is sixty five (65) years of age or older at the time the person submits an application to the Department of Finance for a vehicle license. An applicant for a senior citizen vehicle license must submit to the Department of Finance a valid State driver's license and valid State vehicle license registration certificate.
      2.   Disability: The disability license class applies to any person receiving social security disability benefits at the time that the person submits an application to the Department of Finance for a vehicle license. An applicant for a disability vehicle license must submit to the Department of Finance a social security disability award letter, valid driver's license, and valid State vehicle license registration.
      3.   Nonprofit: The nonprofit license class applies to any organization that is tax exempt pursuant to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. An applicant for a nonprofit license must submit to the Department of Finance a 501(c)(3) determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service and a valid State vehicle license registration.
   E.   Fee Exemptions: Notwithstanding any other provisions of this chapter:
      1.   No vehicle license fee shall be required for a vehicle license for any vehicle owned by any school districts or any other governmental body, including agencies, departments, and political subdivisions of the State of Illinois or the United States of America. A governmental body that applies for a fee exempt vehicle license must submit to the Department of Finance a valid State vehicle license registration.
      2.   No vehicle license fee shall be required for a vehicle license for any vehicle registered to a person who is a current member of the United States military. A member of the United States military who applies for a fee exempt vehicle license must submit to the Department of Finance a valid United States military identification card and a valid State vehicle license registration. (Ord. M-8-14, 3-3-2014)
   F.   Dual Residency: If a resident's vehicle is registered to another municipality and displays a valid vehicle license for that municipality, the City of Des Plaines vehicle license fee shall not apply. Upon providing proof of the purchase of vehicle license in the other municipality, the City shall issue current vehicle license at no cost. If the primary municipality of the vehicle registration does not require a vehicle license, the City of Des Plaines vehicle license must be purchased.
   G.   Refund Vehicle License Fee: The City will refund any unused vehicle license fee within sixty (60) days from the day of purchase. The licensee shall return the unused windshield sticker or license plate tag issued by the City to the Department of Finance. (Ord. M-41-18, 1-7-2019)