Category Archives: Chicago City Sticker
On the eve of the last mad rush for Chicagoans to buy their Chicago city vehicle sticker, City Clerk Susana Mendoza sat down with Chicago Tonight’s Phil Ponce for a chat.
Mendoza talks about the new year round sticker sales system, explains to drivers who have not received their sticker in the mail yet on what to do, details on enforcement and how the the over $100 million collected from the wheel tax are used for the upkeep of city streets.
It’s an informative chat.
Procrastinating motorists are catching a break with a 24-hour extension to purchase their Chicago city stickers due to a computer glitch affecting sales at area currency exchanges.
Just hours before the midnight deadline for vehicle owners to purchase Chicago city vehicle stickers, the computer network used by currency exchanges for sticker sales experienced problems causing significant delays to transaction times according to the City Clerk’s office.
This means drivers will have another day before the $60 late fee kicks in and before Chicago police, parking enforcement aides and other ticket writers begin issuing $200 tickets for non-compliance. City sticker enforcement and late fees will now go into effect will at 12:01 AM on Thursday, July 17th.
According to City Clerk’s spokesman Patrick Corcoran the issues occurred between 6 PM and 8:30 PM which resulted in longer lines and wait times.
“While this issue only spanned a two to three hour window of time exclusively at currency exchanges, we took quick action to extend the grace period for a day because we want to help people come into compliance,” said Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza in a statement. “We appreciate our customers’ patience as we worked through this glitch.”
Read more at DNA Info Chicago.
July 15th is the last day of the grace period the city allows for drivers to buy and display their annual city sticker. Vehicle owners have until midnight to comply or risk a $200 parking ticket–for every day they don’t have a sticker.
“These tickets and fees are very steep,” said City Clerk Susana Mendoza. “Please, go on social media, call your friends and family and do what you can to tell people you know that they need to make sure they purchase and display the new 2014 vehicle sticker – it’s the pink one – on their windshield. If not, they could wake up Wednesday to some expensive tickets and late fees.”
A couple moves from the city to the suburbs this spring.
They go to the Illinois Secretary of State to change the vehicle registration and their driver’s license to their new address.
But one day after they’ve moved while visiting the city, their car gets nailed with a $200 city sticker violation.
They fight the ticket by mail and provide documentation of their new lease and a copy of their updated registration.
Surprisingly, or perhaps not surprisingly, the Department of Administrative Hearings upholds the ticket and tells the couple to pay up.
Luckily, Tribune Problem Solver columnist Jon Yates rides to the rescue.
Yeah, yeah we know…this video is two years old.
Breathe a big sigh of relief all you city sticker procrastinators.
There’s still time to order your Chicago city vehicle sticker online to get it by the end of the grace period on July 15th.
According to the Chicago City Clerk’s office, their staff is working so efficiently, you can order using the Clerk’s EZ>BUY system by anytime Monday, July 7th and still have your sticker mailed to you in time.
“In the past, we have recommended against buying your Chicago City Vehicle Sticker online after June 30, but, this year, our turnaround times have been so fast that we are moving that recommended deadline to Monday, July 7,” City Clerk Susana Mendoza says in an e-mail blast.
Close to 250,000 drivers have purchased their city stickers online this year.
If a vehicle does not have a city sticker displayed by July 15th, a ticket will cost drivers $200. In addition, vehicle owners will have to pay a $60 late fee in addition to their city sticker fee.
With temperatures nearly reaching 90 degrees Monday, some procrastinating car owners waited in long lines to purchase their annual city vehicle sticker around the city.
Outside the Department of Finance location at 2550 W. Addison, across the street from Lane Tech High School, people waited in a line several hundred deep and wrapping around the corner of the strip mall where the city payment center is located.
Monday, June 30th is when the 2014 city sticker officially expires and people were rushing to get their sticker purchased before the deadline–despite the fact a grace period allows motorists until July 15th to purchase a sticker without penalty or with fear of a parking ticket.
At the front of the line outside the facility, a group of people said they had been in line for nearly four hours.
“We came here at around 11,” complained Jose Sigxue. “It’s too slow. I think the people here are working too slow. For people who have little kids here–it’s no good.”
With drivers already standing in line behind her to purchase their 2014 city vehicle sticker, City Clerk Susana Mendoza officially kicked off the start of Chicago city sticker season at a short press conference Monday afternoon.
According to Mendoza, her office has started the city sticker sales season about two weeks ahead of the normal June 1st start date.
“We’re ahead of schedule,” said Mendoza. “We’re getting a two week jump on sales to help eliminate long lines.”
Mendoza announced this year was going to be a “monumental change” to in how city stickers are sold by transitioning to a year round sales model–just like how vehicle owners renew their Illinois license plate stickers.
The changeover means that the century-old tradition of Chicago drivers battling long lines to buy a city sticker during a small window of time once a year is nearing an end.
That’s because after this year’s city sticker season officially ends June 30, sales will convert to a year-round system much like how the Illinois Secretary of State handles vehicle registration sticker renewals.
Starting this year, your expiration date will be pegged to your license plate, with the city sticker expiring six months after your plates so you don’t have to pay both at the same time.
“We’ve had a soft launch of the city sticker sales program this week,” says City Clerk office spokesman Patrick Corcoran. “Roughly 1.3 million renewal forms should be arriving in mailboxes early next week.”
While having a Chicago city vehicle sticker is a way of life for city vehicle owners, suburban towns seem to be moving away of this type of vehicle fee–at least according to a very compelling story in the Chicago Tribune recently.
The story says that even though vehicle sticker programs can generate hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for municipalities, the cost of operating the program and resistance from residents have pushed many suburban towns to drop or to consider dropping the vehicle sticker requirement.
From a revenue perspective, towns have figured out ways to cut costs or have created new revenue streams.
Perhaps the most interesting portion of the story is insight into Evanston’s sticker-less vehicle sticker program which began this year. While Evanston residents have to pay an annual $75 fee for every vehicle they own, the town has ditched the sticker.
Instead, parking enforcement can mount license plate readers on their vehicles to scan for scofflaws while driving down city streets. Evanston rakes in $2.2 million in revenue from their wheel tax.
Here’s the full Tribune story, “Suburban towns peeling off vehicle sticker programs.”