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EDITOR’S NOTE: With the end of city sticker season barely behind us, and the number of questions regarding city stickers dramatically outnumbering questions on other issues, we’re devoting this week’s entire column to city stickers.
For this “special edition” of Ask The Parking Ticket Geek, we’ve consulted with the official spokesperson for Chicago’s City Clerk, Kristine Williams for her city sticker wisdom on these questions as well.
If my car was inoperable and I did not buy a sticker in 2009, will I be “penalized” when I get my 2010 sticker?
Also, since the car became operable on 08/03/10, will there be a late fee?
News, Tips & Info For City Sticker Procrastinators
The two week extended grace period, due to defective city stickers, comes to an end on Friday, July 30th and is the last day you can purchase your $75 city sticker for 2010-2011 in person from a City Clerk’s office and most Department of Revenue payment centers.
You can still purchase city stickers on Saturday, July 31st without paying a late fee from the Dept. of Revenue payment center at 400 W. Superior or Currency Exchanges and Dominick’s grocery stores.
But if you don’t have your sticker on your windshield before August 1st, you chance a $120 ticket.
So here’s the Geek’s lowdown on getting your sticker with the least amount of pain, along with some good news and information.
Sooner is better than later
Lines for in-person city sticker sales will build through out the week, of course peaking on Thursday and Friday. In other words, if you don’t like waiting for hours in line, get down to City Hall, one of two other City Clerk locations or to a Dept. of Revenue payment center–NOW!
Avoid peak times around lunch time from 11 AM – 1 PM. Get in line early in the morning.
Most people in line don’t give the gentleman in the crisp pressed shirt and tie a second look.
He points, quickly reviews some paperwork a young women offers him before speaking to her for a few moments, then motions to the next person waiting in line.
These drivers standing in line, just trying to get their Chicago city sticker before the July 30th deadline, simply want to get in and out of City Hall as quickly as possible.
So it’s not a surprise most don’t recognize the soft-spoken man helping them out as Chicago City Clerk Miguel del Valle.
“Clerk del Valle is very hands on and has been in the hallway helping people during sticker season for four years, ever since taking office,” says City Clerk spokesperson Kristine Williams. “Many times people recognize him, but that isn’t the reason he is in the hallway. He wants to help people get their stickers as quickly as possible, as all of us do.”
But, things are different this year.
Some poor quality stickers without enough adhesive caused enough of a headache for motorists, the City Clerk’s office decided to extend the deadline to Friday, July 30th.
Here’s some news, info and tips to assist city sticker procrastinators out there.
Despite a recently announced grace period extension, many drivers are still opting to wait in line to get their new Chicago city vehicle stickers.
Last week the Chicago City Clerk’s office extended the 15 day city sticker grace period until July 30th due to quality control issues with a small percentage of the decals.
Now the Clerk’s office hopes drivers will take advantage of the extra time to avoid waiting in lines and purchase their 2010/2011 city stickers online.
Unsticky City Sticker Problem Prolongs Deadline 2 Weeks
Normally today, June 30th, is the day your old Chicago city vehicle sticker expires and must be replaced on your car’s windshield with the 2010/2011 sticker.
Of course, the city traditionally gives stragglers a two week grace period to purchase and affix their $75 decal, making July 15th the ultimate deadline before drivers risk a $120 ticket for “failure to display” their city sticker.
But this year, because of an un-sticky situation, the Chicago City Clerk’s office has announced an unprecedented 15-day extension of the city sticker grace period extending the deadline for until July 30th.
This break from tradition is due to quality control issues the Chicago City Clerk’s office has been facing with this year’s stickers.
Normally, drivers looking to buy their annual Chicago city stickers, expect to see long lines closer to the June 30th deadline.
But, even though in-person vehicle sticker sales are barely a week old, and despite record breaking online city sticker sales, at least at one Dept. of Revenue payment center is experiencing long lines snaking out the door.
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.
Renewal Notices Are Already In The Mail
And you can jump to the head of the line today, as online sales for 2010 city stickers, residential parking permits and daily guest passes is now officially open for business at the Chicago City Clerk’s website.
Actually, the Clerk’s office had their online sales up and running a few days ago, this past Thursday, as part of a beta test of sorts, before making the official announcement.
“We had a soft launch to make sure everything was working OK,” said City Clerk spokesperson Kristine Williams. “In the first three hours, we had already sold 100 stickers.”
In addition, according to Williams, some of the 1.3 million city sticker renewal notices started going out in the mail Monday, May 17th, five days earlier than last year. The entire mailing should be completed early this week.
However, Williams says, unless you’re a senior citizen, you don’t need your renewal form in order to purchase your city sticker online.