Internet City Sticker Sales Start Early
Website Opens 2 Weeks Ahead Of In-Person Sales
Cut in line Chicago drivers.
The City Clerk’s website is officially open for online city sticker sales, nearly a week earlier than last year and nearly two weeks before in-person sales for city stickers begin June 1st.
“More than 1.3 million vehicle stickers are sold each year. I want to continue to work to make the process of buying your city sticker as easy as possible,” says newly minted Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza. “Purchasing it online is simply the most convenient way to buy your sticker – it only takes a few minutes and there is no additional fee to buy your sticker online.”
Online sales actually began quietly this past Monday to make sure the newly updated website was working properly. So far, over 2000 city stickers have been purchased via the City Clerk’s website.
By opening online sales early the past few years, the City Clerk’s office has tried to give drivers an incentive to avoid waiting in lines to purchase their city stickers in-person. The Clerk’s office, since online sales began under Miguel Del Valle, has always had the goal of diminishing lines for in-person sales by encouraging more drivers to buy online.
Mendoza, who essentially stepped off the stage at Monday’s inauguration and right into the annual chaos of city sticker season, has already set a big goal for 2011′s online sales. The Clerk’s office sold about 220,000 city stickers last year or about 17% of total sales. But this year Mendoza wants to sell an additional 100,000 or so stickers to reach their goal of 330,000 or an impressive 25% of total sticker sales.
“Last year more than 221,000 people bought their city stickers online,” said Clerk Mendoza. “We hope to reach an ambitious goal of selling 25% of our city stickers online this year!”
There are a few changes in online sales this year too. The first time residents who reside in a residential permit parking (RPP) zone and want to buy guest parking passes must do it while purchasing their city sticker. If you only want to buy guest passes without purchasing your city sticker, then you must buy them in-person. After this initial in-person purchase, drivers can make subsequent guest pass purchases online with or without an annual city sticker purchase.
While the City Council has been throwing around the idea of hiking city sticker prices, purchase prices are remain the same as last year: $75 for most passenger vehicles and $120 for larger vehicles weighing over 4500 lbs., $25 for residential parking permits and 15 RPP guest passes will set you back $8.
City sticker renewal forms will go out in the mail the last week in May, and in-person sales will open June 1st at City Hall, both City Clerk satellite offices, Department of Revenue payment substations and over 400 local Currency Exchanges.