Ask The Parking Ticket Geek
I am a Fleet Manager and have just received two incorrect city stickers.
The license plate number on the stickers don’t match the actual plate on each car.
When I contact the City Clerk’s Data Services office I was told the plate numbers don’t matter. There should be a letter stating that non matching plates and city stickers are not a ticketable (her word not mine) offense.
Is this a city worker trying to get me off the phone or is it legit? I’ve been scouring the web and so far no information exists. It was my understanding that the plate numbers had to match on the sticker AND the vehicle. Any information you might have would be helpful.
Don’t sweat this one Chris…
Ticket writers are instructed NOT to ticket for any discrepancies between city stickers and license plates.
Kristine Williams, spokesperson for the City Clerk’s office, tells me these discrepancies won’t trigger a ticket because their databases aren’t up to date enough and may not be for another year or so.
“The license plate number is only a security feature,” explains Williams. “However, if someone does want a correction made, we will do so at any City Clerk office location but the person must bring in the sticker and original purchase receipt. Again, I want to emphasize that anyone with incorrect plate information is OK to use the sticker – they cannot receive a ticket for this.”
See? Nothing to worry about Chris.
I am about to purchase a car from an individual, and this person owes hundreds
of dollars in parking fines.
My question to you is, once the title is changed over in my name and I get new license plates, will the tickets follow me, or is the seller still responsible for the tickets.
This is a good question.
But the answer is NO, the tickets do not follow you if you get your own license plate on the car.
The tickets don’t technically belong to the vehicle but the license plate and in reality the registered owner of that plate.
So you’re cool.
Some people make the mistake of not taking off their license plate when they sell their car and the new owner starts parking in front of hydrants, blocking alleys, in handicapped spots–whatever and the former owner starts getting hit with the tickets. OUCH!
One person I know of left the old owner’s plate on their car and they got booted because of the former owner’s tickets.
So, you are wise to get a new plate.
I came across your website and wondered if you had the answer to my question.
I received a parking ticket and I contested it but was still found liable.
It was one of those instances where it is a tow zone during weekdays, and I was parked on a Saturday, yet they still did not dismiss it. Can I just not pay the ticket?
Thanks so much,
If you don’t pay the ticket it doubles after 21 days.
If you have more than 3 unpaid tickets in Chicago, you can get booted.
If you have two or more unpaid tickets in Chicago, you can get booted.
If it’s just one ticket, the worst thing that will happens is you’ll get nasty computer generated letters from the city and/or a collection agency. You’ll probably get a few phone calls.
However, if you keep your nose clean and only have one ticket on your record, there’s not much any city can really do until they change the law.
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