In-Person Chicago City Sticker Sales Begin Today
Clerk Mendoza Pitches In To Personally Help With Sales
It’s time to wait in line again.
In other words Chicago drivers, today’s the first day of Chicago city sticker season.
Every June 1st, Chicago’s $75 vehicle stickers go on sale at City Hall, at each of the City Clerk’s satellite offices, Department of Revenue Payment Centers and over 400 Currency Exchanges citywide.
But while you’re cooling your heels stuck in line for your 2011 city sticker, you may bump into Chicago’s brand new City Clerk.
City Clerk Susana Mendoza, who’s only been in office a few weeks, doesn’t like to be stuck behind a desk and instead is making a concerted effort to personally assist with city sticker sales this year.
“She’s going to be in the hallway as much as possible,” explains Kristine Williams, spokesperson for the City Clerk’s office. “(She’s) also going to all 50 ward sales. She wants to see all aspects of sticker sales to see how the office can continue to improve.”
Williams is referring to the all day sales run by City Clerk representatives in each of Chicago’s 50 ward offices to make it easier for residents to buy their stickers. Clerk Mendoza plans to show up at each ward office sale to lend a hand and meet constituents
This Wednesday morning she’ll be pitching in at City Hall from 9:30 to 10:30 AM before jetting up north to the 48th ward to help with sales at Ald. Harry Osterman’s office at 5533 N. Broadway from 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM. After lunch, she’ll be back at City Hall helping out for another hour or so.
But Mendoza’s bottom line goal is to reduce waiting times for in-person city stickers. It’s why the City Clerk’s office is pushing Chicago motorists to order their city stickers online.
“This year I have set an ambitious goal of selling 25 percent of city stickers online,” said Clerk Mendoza. “With nearly 1.3 million people renewing their vehicle stickers during this six week period, I strongly encourage people to avoid the heavy lines and buy their city stickers online.”
In addition, starting Friday, the City Clerk will make two laptop computers available to drivers waiting in the line in the hallway at City Hall to bypass the line and order their stickers online. The City Clerk’s office normally takes two business days to get a city sticker ordered at their website into the mail.
So far, 77,000 drivers have purchased via the City Clerk’s website–about double the number sold for the same time last year.
Most likely, motorists would have received their renewal notice in the mail. The renewal notice gives you a renewal number at the top of the document to renew online, or you can mail back your payment. The notice also lists the date for city sticker sales at your local aldermanic office.
While most passenger vehicles pay $75 for their city stickers, larger passenger vehicles must pay $120. Annual residential parking permits are $25 and books of guest passes are $8.
City stickers officially expire on June 30th, but the Clerk provides a 15-day grace period before enforcement begins on July 16th.
Chicago drivers who disregard purchasing a 2011 city sticker chance a $120 ticket for not complying. This fine can be levied each day an up to date city sticker isn’t posted properly on the lower portion of the passenger side of your vehicle’s windshield.
If you want to avoid waiting in line, you can order your city sticker online here.
Or if you’re so inclined, here’s a list of locations for in-person sales.