Representations of Chicago vehicle tax medallions issued by the City of Chicago.

The City of Chicago has issued Vehicle Tax Medallions/Plate begining in 1911. At first they were nailed to the outside of a car which almost always had wooden exterior trim, window frames and roof supports. Later the medallions were attached to the state license plate. In the early days of motoring, buttons were issued for the “automobilist” to wear in the lapel buttonhole of his duster. In 1931 the City of Chicago transitioned from a metal medallion/plate to window decals/stickers. Below is a pictoral representation of “Chicago Vehicle Tax Medallions” from 1911 through 1931. The City of Chicago continues to utilize the metal medallion/plate tag for motorcycles licensed in the city.