In Person Sales For City Stickers Starts Today
Online Sales Already Breaking Records For Second Year
It starts every June 1st.
Like the Old Faithful in Yellowstone, the swallows in Capistrano or the drunks in the Wrigley Field bleachers, Chicago city vehicle stickers always go on sale this first day of June.
2010 is no different, with the exception that lines are expected to be shorter than previous years.
That’s because of a concerted effort by the Chicago City Clerk’s office last year and this, to promote sticker sales via the Clerk’s website, is having a substantial impact on changing the purchasing behavior of Chicago drivers.
Online sales for 2009 were double those of 2008, with nearly 200,000 city stickers sold via the Clerk’s website, and their on track to break the record again. Online city sticker sales started on May 24th and thus far, the results are impressive.
“As of this morning (Friday) we were up 750% compared to the same time last year with more than 31,000 stickers sold (online),” said Kristine Williams, spokesperson for the City Clerk’s office. “This is great – we want to keep people out of lines!”
In addition, nearly 1.3 million city sticker renewal forms have been mailed to Chicago drivers the past two weeks to allow motorists the option of obtaining their city sticker by mail.
But now today, Chicagoans can purchase their city stickers in person at City Hall, City Clerk Satellite Offices, Department of Revenue Substations, and on select days at Aldermanic offices.
Drivers also have the option of bypassing long lines and buying their city stickers via 400 community vendors. This list mainly consists of neighborhood currency exchanges and Dominick’s grocery stores. However, be prepared to pay an extra few bucks and as much as $5.50 in some cases for the convenience.
“Buying a vehicle sticker online is the easiest, fastest and most convenient way to purchase a sticker and there is no additional fee to do so,” said Clerk del Valle. “For those who prefer to purchase the sticker in person, we are happy to provide more than 400 locations to do so before the July 15 deadline.”
While June 30th is the city’s “official” deadline for purchasing this year’s city sticker, the city allows a two week grace period until July 15th. After that, vehicles not sporting this year’s Daniel Burnham design, can be tagged with a $120 parking ticket and be subject to a $40 late fee.
For more information on Chicago city vehicle stickers, go to the City Clerk’s website.