The Maine Township Clerk's office exists to serve the needs of Maine Township residents. We do this in many different ways and are always finding new services to benefit our residents. Our office is within a fifteen-minute drive of any location in Maine Township. Though some services we offer may be duplicated by other governmental entities, we offer one-stop convenience and services not available anywhere else. The Clerk's office is also responsible for keeping the minutes of Township meetings and safeguarding important records for the Township and its Highway Department.
VotingOne of the greatest privileges and most profound responsibilities we have as Americans is voting. The Clerk's Office strives to register every eligible resident in the Township so they may participate in the democratic process. We have deputy registrars on duty five days a week, who will register any united States citizen who will be at least eighteen years old by the next election. Applicants must provide two forms of identification, one of which must prove their current address. Naturalized citizens must prove the date of their naturalization. Voter registration closes thirty days prior to any election and reopens two days after an election day. In addition to voter registration, all voters can pick up an absentee voter application in the event they will be out of town on election day. If you need information regarding polling place locations, election times and dates, or elected officials names, addresses and phone numbers we will gladly provide it to you.
Seniors Ride FreeApplications are available for seniors, age 65 and older, to apply for their free mass transit pass. This "special user card" will allow seniors to ride free on any public transportation. Applicants must prove their age by supplying a driver's license, state ID card, passport, or resident alien card. The only fee involved is $2 for a photo, which will be attached to the application.
In February 2011 Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation changing the requirements of the Seniors Ride Free Program. Beginning later this summer, the Seniors Ride Free Program will be limited to low-income seniors who meet the income requirements set by the Illinois Department on Aging Circuit Breaker program. Seniors who are not eligible for the Circuit Breaker program will be eligible for a Reduced Fare Permit to ride CTA, Pace, and Metra buses and trains. To continue to be eligible, low-income seniors must first apply directly through the Illinois Circuit Breaker Program. Please contact the Illinois Department on Aging at 800-624-2459 or www.cbrx.il.gov. Current annual income limits for the Circuit Breaker Program are $27,610 or less for an individual, $36,635 or less for a two-person household, and $45,657 for a household of three or more people. The new fare changes will take effect later this summer. In advance of the changeover, you will be mailed either a new Free Ride permit if you are currently enrolled in the Circuit Breaker Program or a Reduced Fare permit if you do not meet the income requirements. In the meantime, seniors with a valid Seniors Ride Free permit can continue to ride ride free on CTA, Pace, and Metra buses and trains.
Vehicle StickersThe Clerk's office sells Cook County vehicle stickers for persons residing in the unincorporated area. We recommend that applicants bring in their vehicle registration cards to our office to help expedite the application process. Stickers are valid for a one-year period beginning July 1. As per Cook County, the current rates are $80 for passenger cars, $50 for motor bicycles and $100 and up for trucks. New from 2010—no fee stickers, known as NF, are permanent. NF stickers replace the following:
- SR - vehicle registered to a person 65 years of age or older
- PH - vehicle registered to a physically handicapped individual
- DV - vehicle registered to a disabled veteran
- Z - vehicle registered to a school, church, and nonprofit organization
- M - vehicle registered to a municipality
ARC Disposal Refuse and Yard Waste StickersResidents of unincorporated Maine Township may purchase the ARC garbage stickers in our office for $2.65 per sticker. The stickers may be purchased Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Handicapped Parking PlacardsTemporarily injured? The Clerk's office issues temporary handicapped parking placards to qualified individuals who submit an application signed by their physician stating the nature and duration of the applicant's disability. Applications are available at the Clerk's office. Handicapped parking placards are issued immediately upon receipt of a properly completed application. Our office will refer people in need of longer-term parking privileges to the proper state agency.
Hunting and Fishing LicensesOutdoorsmen are invited to visit our office whenever they need an Illinois hunting, fishing, or trapping license, which is issued electronically. We also supply trout and salmon stamps, habitat stamps, and migratory waterfowl stamps. Discounts are available to seniors and to those who purchase licenses for both hunting and fishing.
NotaryThe Clerk's office provides free notary public service. If you have a document needing notarization, please bring it to us and one of our notaries will make it official for you.
For Our New NeighborsThe Clerk's Neighbor-to-Neighbor program reaches out to the approximately 200 families per month who move into Maine Township. Packets are available to new residents containing information on all services provided by Maine Township. In addition, information is provided regarding the Cook County Sheriff's Department, the North Maine Fire Protection District, Maine Township Public Schools, area churches, north and northwest suburban hospitals, and local Neighborhood Watch programs.
Medic Alert ID BraceletsMedic Alert ID bracelet applications are available at our office. If you have a medical problem that emergency medical technicians should know about, then please take advantage of this inexpensive, lifesaving opportunity.
MapsPlease come and see us before you take your next trip. We provide, at no charge, Illinois State maps, tollway maps, and Maine Township maps with street guide.
PassportsFirst-time applicants must complete an application in person. Each application must be accompanied by 1) proof of U.S. citizenship, 2) proof of identity, 3) one recent passport picture (2"x2" in size), and 4) appropriate fees. The fees are standardized by the U.S. Federal Government for all passport applications, thus, will be the same in Maine Township as any processing location. Note: It is very important that the birth certificate is certified by the County Clerk. For additional passport information, fees, and forms, please visit Travel.State.Gov.