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Vehicle Stickers



City ordinance requires all motor vehicles registered in The City of Lake Forest to display Lake Forest Vehicle Sticker. Any vehicle registered to The City of Lake Forest without a vehicle sticker displayed is subject to fine or penalties. The vehicle sticker year is May 1 to April 30. The deadline for purchasing and displaying current stickers is April 30. Beginning May 1, a 50% late fee is added, and the resident will be at risk of receiving a $75.00 ticket from the Police Department. The fees for vehicle stickers are listed below.

New Lake Forest residents should obtain a vehicle sticker after registering their vehicle to their Lake Forest address through the Illinois Secretary of State. Please bring the IL Vehicle Registration ID Card, along with proof of residency, to Municipal Services to purchase your vehicle sticker. Lake Forest residents whose vehicles are registered outside of The City of Lake Forest have the option of purchasing a Beach Parking sticker, which allows parking at the north end of Forest Park Beach. Please bring your current vehicle registration ID card to Municipal Services to purchase your Beach Parking sticker over the counter. View a flyer regarding vehicle sticker information for new residents.

Those who purchase a new vehicle should obtain a vehicle sticker within 72 hours of the vehicle purchase to avoid a possible ticket for failing to display a current city vehicle license. Please bring the Illinois Registration ID card and vehicle purchase receipt to Municipal Services so the purchase date can be verified and the late fee will be waived.

Parking at Forest Park Beach in The City of Lake Forest is prohibited unless the vehicle displays a City of Lake Forest vehicle sticker or Beach Parking sticker. These are available for purchase at the Municipal Services Building, 800 N. Field Drive, Lake Forest. Hours of operation are Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Please Note:

  • Vehicle stickers must be purchased by April 30, 2018 and displayed by May 1, 2018.
  • As of May 1st, the vehicle license fee includes a 50% late penalty* fee for residents who have not renewed their vehicle sticker as required by ordinance.

*Late Penalty will be waived when you provide proof that your vehicle has been purchased or newly registered in Lake Forest in the last 30 days, just bring your purchasing contract, or other proof of purchase/lease date, along with your Illinois Vehicle Registration ID card into Municipal Services. New residents are required to provide their IL Vehicle Registration ID Card, letter, or email from the Illinois Secretary of State reflecting their Lake Forest address.


Vehicle Licenses Sticker

Valid from May 1, 2018 to April 30,2019


Sticker Purchased before
May 1, 2018

Sticker Purchased on
or after
May 1, 2018

Vehicle Purchased on
or after
Nov. 1, 2018**

Passenger Vehicle* $85.00 $127.50 $42.50**
Motorcycle $45.00 $67.50 $22.50**
Light Truck (B-plate) $85.00 $127.50 $42.50**
Heavy Truck, RV (8,000 lbs) $110.00 $165.00 $55.00**
Benefit Access Program (must be enrolled; sold over the counter only) $45.00 $67.50 $22.50**
*REPLACEMENT VEHICLE STICKERS: If your vehicle, or windshield, will be replaced, please remove the current vehicle sticker from the windshield (the sticker may come off in pieces) and return the sticker (or pieces) to the Municipal Services Building to qualify for a $5.00 replacement. If the vehicle sticker is not returned, proof that you no longer own the vehicle, or receipt for windshield replacement, is required.

**The November 1st rate applies only to vehicles that have been purchased, or newly registered to The City of Lake Forest, on November 1st or after. Proof is required.


For more information: Vehicle Sticker FAQ's (75k - 3 pages)

Vehicle Sticker, Pet License, and Parking Permit online purchasing 


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For your convenience, The City of Lake Forest has contracted with Credentials Inc. to offer you the option of purchasing vehicle registration decals, pet licenses and parking permits online using a credit card. You can be assured that purchasing your decals and licenses online is safe and fully secure. Vehicle sticker renewal notification will be mailed, or emailed if you opt to do so, annually. This notification will include your User ID and PIN # which will be required to access your account to purchase vehicle stickers. Parking permits may be purchased without a User ID and PIN#; you will be prompted to enter your name and address. If you are a new resident, please click here to view a flyer regarding vehicle sticker information.

All vehicle stickers, pet licenses, and parking permits purchased online, or at the Municipal Services Building, will be mailed to your home address by our vendor, Credentials Inc. Please allow 3-5 days for processing and mail time.



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(847) 234-2600
Non-Emergency Police:  (847) 234-2601

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