Tax Registration Certificates Can Now Be Obtained or Renewed Online

January 6, 2023

We are pleased to announce that businesses may now create, view, and download their own Certificate of Registration for taxes administered by the Department of Finance. This new feature is available in the "Tax Services" menu on the Chicago Business Direct dashboard. Use the new "Manage Certificate of Registration" tile and select "Certificate of Registration" in the Application Type menu to create certificates for linked accounts.

Certificates are valid for two years from the date of creation. Registered users will be able to view historical certificates and renew existing ones through Chicago Business Direct. To create and renew a certificate, the account must:

(1) Be registered for the requested tax type.

(2) Be free of any tax holds for delinquent returns or deficient balances.

(3) Meet a minimum payment threshold for the requested tax type. 

If you are unable to apply online, please contact our Exemptions unit at to apply for a certificate of registration. In your request, please include your business name, City of Chicago account number, contact information, type of certificate for which you are applying, and a copy of your current certificate (if applicable).   

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