Passport Day in the USA 2010
Will your next vacation take you outside of the United States? No matter where you go, a U.S. passport will get you back home. To learn more about travel requirements for U.S. citizens or to apply for your U.S. passport please join us on Saturday, March 27, 2010 from 10 AM - 3 PM at the Maine Township Clerk's Office. For more information visit Travel.State.Gov. 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 and any seventeen year olds who will be eighteen by the next general 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 a Mail Ballot Application in the event they are not able to vote 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 the new Transit Permit – VENTRA card. The new fare payment system Ventra is a convenient way to access and pay for Metra train and bus rides on CTA and PACE. Applicants must verify 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. The Seniors Ride Free program will be limited to low-income seniors who will met the income requirements set by the State of Illinois Department of Aging – Benefit Access Program. Seniors who are not eligible for the Benefit Access Program will be eligible for a Reduced Fare Permit to ride public transportation. Low Income Seniors must first apply for the Benefit Access Program. Please contact the Illinois Department on Aging at 800-624-2459 or www.cbrx.il.gov.
Vehicle StickersThe Clerk's office sells Cook County vehicle stickers for persons residing in the unincorporated area or who own a vehicle or own a business in unincorporated Cook County and keep a vehicle there. 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 1st. As per Cook County, the current rates are $80 for passenger cars, $50 for motor bicycles and $100 and up for trucks. Any resident who claims to be eligible for a SR free license sticker must provide proof of age. Any resident who claims to be eligible for an NF free license sticker must provide eligibility being disabled veteran, physically handicapped resident or having Government or not-for profit vehicle. Please note: new in 2014, seniors and disabled NF stickers issued prior to 2014, must replace their stickers for the new SR and NF sticker. Checks or money orders ONLY are accepted for the cost of stickers. A $2 convenience fee is added to cover processing; however, the fee is waived for SR and NF class stickers. The Clerk's office, which is normally open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM, will be open on Saturdays in June from 9 AM to noon to provide extended hours for purchasing vehicle stickers. If you purchase your sticker after July 1 you will be charged a late penalty equal to the price of the sticker or $25, whichever is greater.
Republic Services - Refuse StickersResidents of unincorporated Maine Township may purchase the Republic Services solid waste, recycling and yard waste stickers in our office. 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 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 new families 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 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. Passport applications are accepted by our office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. No appointment necessary. For additional passport information, fees, and forms, please visit Travel.State.Gov.