Village Clerk's Office
The office of the Village Clerk provides many important services to Skokie residents. Premier among the office's programs is its election services, with its primary goal to provide the greatest convenience to voting. The Election Division of the Village Clerk's Office is responsible for all matters involving elections, and the Clerk is the local election official. Skokie residents can register to vote in the Village Clerk's Office. The Clerk's election duties include, but are not limited to voter registration and re-registration. Receiving certain nominating petitions and processing requests for lost voter registration cards.
Skokie residents may register your bike at the Village Clerk’s Office in Skokie Village Hall. To register, you will need to know the serial number, make, type, color and wheel size of the bicycle. Once registered you will receive a license that is affixed to the bicycle. Registering your bicycle allows the Skokie Police Department to recover it if it is lost or stolen. For more information, please contact the Clerk's Office at 847/933-8203.
Citizen's Assistance is another important aspect of the Village Clerk's Office that falls under the Records Division. The Village Clerk's Office provides a Citizen's Assistance line that can help with inquiries about, and requests for, Village services. Additionally, Citizen's Assistance directs residents to other agencies and organizations that offer needed services. Referrals are often given to agencies that provide consumer, legal, transportation, health, social, employment and other services. The Citizen's Assistance number is 847/933-8480. Calls received from noon to 1 p.m., weekdays after 5 p.m. and on the weekend will be recorded on an answering machine and handled during the next business hour.
Handicapped Parking Placards
If you live in Skokie, you can apply for a temporary handicap placard at the Clerk’s Office in Skokie Village Hall, 5127 Oakton Street. The placard is good for three months or less. To apply you will need to fill out a temporary handicapped parking application form available at the Clerk’s Office in Skokie Village Hall. This form must be certified by your doctor. For more information, please contact the Clerk's Office at 847/933-8203.
First time applicants can register for a passport at the Clerk’s Office in Skokie Village Hall, 5127 Oakton Street. To register you will need your original or certified birth certificate, a driver’s license or state issued ID, one passport size photo (2” x 2” color photo) and a check made out to the U.S. Department of State ($110 for those 16 years of age and over, $80 for those under 16 years of age). A processing fee of $25 will also be charged. Passport processing hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m.
More detailed information can be found online at travel.state.gov. For more information regarding passports and the documents required to apply for a passport, please contact the Clerk's Office at 847/933-8203.
Real Estate Transfer Tax
Real estate transfer stamps may be purchased at the Clerk’s Office in Skokie Village Hall. Before a real estate transfer stamp is issued the property must be free of liens and violations and can not have any overdue bills owed to the Village. Real estate transfer stamps costs $3 per $1,000 in property value. For the Real Estate Transfer Tax form please click here. For more information, please contact the Clerk's Office at 847/933-8203.
Inspection Upon Sale: Village Transfer Stamps will not be issued by the Village Clerk’s Office for the sale of any multi-unit rental building or single family house, duplex or townhouse used as a residential rental unit until an inspection is performed by the Property Standards Division and any and all identified code violations have been corrected. Rental units in a condominium building with more than four units are exempt from this requirement. An Upon Sale inspection report from the Village must be dated no more than 180 days prior to the date of closing and no later than the day of the closing. Inspection areas will include exterior building and property areas, common interior building areas and all dwelling units. Applications for the Upon Sale Inspection Program and an inspection check list can be obtained from Village Hall at the Clerk’s Office, the Property Standards Division, and on the Village’s website along with an information pamphlet.
By Village code, the Village Clerk is the custodian of the Village Seal and affixes its impression on documents when required. By state statute, the Clerk is the keeper of the Village records which includes minutes and ordinances dating back to 1888. The Records Division of the Village Clerk's Office has numerous responsibilities, including filing, distributing, publishing and providing security for legal documents such as ordinances, resolutions, proclamations, agreements and minutes of the Board of Trustees' meetings.
United States citizens residing in suburban Cook County may register to vote at the Clerk’s Office in Skokie Village Hall, 5127 Oakton Street between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. To register, you must be 18 years old by the next election date and you will need two forms of identification. If you are a naturalized citizen you will need to know your date of naturalization. You will be officially registered to vote as soon as you receive a voter ID card in the mail. If you do not receive an ID card within 3 weeks after you registered, contact the Clerk’s Office.
For more information please call the Clerk's Office at 847/933-8203. For information on where to vote, visit www.voterinfonet.com.
For more information on your voting district(s), click here.
Village Clerk Pramod Shah
Pramod Shah was elected as Village Clerk in 2013 after serving four years as a Village of Skokie Trustee. He holds a Master's degree in Chemistry from Gujarat University and attended the Indiana Northern School of Management. Mr. Shah worked as a Manager for Cyberbridge International, a Skokie-based software and information technology consulting company. He has a long-standing relationship with the local Indian community, is the Executive Director and the past President of the Indo-American Democratic Organization and a current member of the Jain Society of Metropolitan Chicago. Mr. Shah also was Vice Chair for the Skokie Caucus Party and a Gandhi Memorial Trust board member. Prior to becoming a Village Board member, Mr. Shah was appointed Niles Township Collector in 1999. In 2001 he was elected to that position, and in April 2005, he was elected as a Niles Township Trustee. Born in Gujarat, India, Mr. Shah moved to the United States in 1971 and has lived in Skokie for more than 30 years with his wife, Usha and two sons. Both sons attended school in Skokie School Districts 68 and 219.