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New for 2020, you can renew your vehicle licenses online by clicking here. You will need the PIN code printed on your renewal notice. Customer support is available by phone or e-mail. Because Village Hall remains closed, we encourage everyone to use the online vehicle licensing portal.

If you did not receive a renewal notice (because you did not purchase a vehicle sticker in the Village last year), you must apply by mail. Click here for a fillable form to print and mail.

The annual vehicle licensing period begins on May 1st of each year and ends on April 30th of the following year. Stickers must be displayed by May 1st or within 7 days of obtaining a vehicle. Once the sticker is received, please affix firmly to the front passenger side of the window. After May 31st a penalty fee in the amount of 50% of the license application fee will be assessed to the cost of the license application.

License Type Fee
Passenger Car $40.00
Truck $55.00
Motorcycles $25.00
Reduced rate for seniors 65 or better $15.00
Reduced rate for college students with vehicles away from home 50%
Reduced rate for Illinois "EL" (Electric Vehicle) license plates Full waiver
Fee to transfer license $0.00
Late Fee 50% of license fee

There is no additional charge for a transfer license on a newly acquired vehicle of the same category as the previous vehicle. This new license shall be issued for the remainder of the unexpired term of the existing license. All license fees are prorated 50% for vehicles acquired or residents moving into the Village between November 1st and April 30th.

Applications may be mailed in or dropped off in the Village's white mail box (no postage required), conveniently located on the west bound side of E. Center Avenue, across from Village Hall. Residents may also stop by Village Hall, (40 E. Center Avenue) to register for a vehicle license.

Call United Meters, Inc. at (877) 533-8964 to schedule your appointment today.


As part of the Village’s efforts to conserve more water, we are replacing (almost) every water meter between now and May 2020. These replacements will eliminate water meters that have lived their useful life and replace them with new water meters that are all-electronic, have no moving parts, and come with modern features that reduce water loss and the costs of operating our water system.

Some fast facts:

  • The Installer. The Village has hired an experienced plumbing company, United Meters, Inc., to install your new meter. Each licensed plumber has been screened by the Lake Bluff Police Department and will carry identification.
  • The Plan. United Meters will replace over 2,000 meters in the next four months:
    • Addresses east of Sheridan Road will be scheduled in January and February.
    • Addresses west of Sheridan Road will be scheduled in March and April.
  • What You Need To Do. It’s easy. You will need to schedule a personal appointment with United Meters. Someone at least 18 years old will have to provide access to your home. You will need to provide clear space around your water meter for us to work.
  • Your Easy Appointment. Most appointments will take less than half an hour. Your water will be shut off while the meter is replaced. Your new meter is provided at no charge.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Village offers a one-time partial rebate of 2019 sales tax payments for Lake Bluff businesses that have suffered at least a 25% decline in revenues due to COVID-19. Eligible businesses:

  • Report sales tax within the Village of Lake Bluff.
  • Are physically located within the Village's CBD, L-1, L-2, AP-1, or S zoning districts.
  • Have no more than four total operating locations.
  • Are not part of a franchise system, are not private clubs, and are not home occupations.
  • Have suffered at least a 25% decline in revenues.
  • Paid at least $500 in local sales tax during calendar year 2019.
  • Was in operation as of March 21, 2020. (This does not exclude businesses that lawfully could not operate due to the Governor's Stay at Home order.)

Eligible businesses may receive a one-time payment of 10% of local sales taxes (excluding home rule sales tax) paid during calendar year 2019; minimum $500, maximum $5,000.

For more information and to apply:

The Village's 2020 Water Quality Report contains important information about the source and quality of your drinking water.

If you would like a paper copy mailed to your home, contact Village Hall by calling (847) 234-0774.

Last Updated June 26, 2020

There's a lot to keep up with. This is what you must know:

  • Our region has progressed to the least restrictive phase of the Restore Illinois plan based on improving COVID-19 health outcomes.
  • COVID-19 is still being in our community. You should continue to take precautions.
  • A maximum gathering size of 50 now applies and most businesses are reopened with capacity limits.
  • Social distancing and cloth face coverings are a fact of life until there is a vaccine or cure for COVID-19.  If in doubt, wear your face covering.

On March 18, 2020, the Village entered a state of civil emergency. You can read the emergency proclamation here.

The proclamation does four things. It...

  • Allows emergency purchases by the Village administration.
  • Allows emergency staffing.
  • Directs the Village administration to cooperate with other agencies in addressing COVID-19.
  • Closes all physical fitness facilities and membership sports clubs effective March 19, 2020.