Parking Your Motorcycle or Scooter in Chicago
Q. Is my motor scooter required to display a city sticker?
A. Yes, if you live in the city and own a motor bicycle, motor tricycle or moped, you are required by ordinance to purchase and display an annual motorbike tag on your vehicle.
The price of a motorbike tag is $45.00 and can be obtained online at www.chicityclerk.com. Motorbike tags are also sold in person at any Chicago City Clerk facility or at the Department of Finance payment facilities.
For location information, you may also call 312.744.PARK.
Q. Is my scooter required to display a residential parking sticker?
A. No. Only cars, trucks, and similar vehicles are required to purchase and display residential parking stickers.
Q. Is my scooter excused from parking restrictions in the City of Chicago?
A. No. Scooters are required to abide by the same parking laws as other vehicles. Some confusion has resulted from the reliance of some scooter owners on a provision in the Illinois Vehicle Code. This provision likens the operation of a scooter to the operation of a bike. Because bikes can park on the sidewalk, some people think that scooters should be able to park on the sidewalk as well. Unfortunately, the provision does not apply to parking (as parking a scooter does not equate to "operating" a scooter) or to other provisions of the Illinois Vehicle Code "which by their nature have no application to [scooters]."