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It’s the end of an era.
For the past several decades, the last day or two of June, thousands of procrastinating Chicago drivers scrambled to buy their Chicago city vehicle sticker.
Lines stretched out the doors at City Hall, City Clerk satellite offices and finance payment centers around the city forcing motorists to wait hours to beat the end of the month deadline.
But not this June 30th.
This year, there was no frantic, last minute rush to purchase city stickers.
2014 was the last year of the annual sales for the city sticker. City Clerk Susanna Mendoza changed the system to make it a year round process where vehicle owners would buy their city stickers six months opposite the month they renew their Illinois vehicle registration stickers.
NBC 5 is reporting some older drivers are not getting their senior citizen discounts on this year’s city stickers.
After reports from vehicle owners of significant delays in receiving their 2014 Chicago city stickers, the City Clerk’s office decided to re-issue over 12,000 of the annual vehicle stickers according to the Chicago Tribune.
According to City Clerk’s spokesperson Pat Corcoran, their office began receiving calls, e-mails and messages via social media from vehicle owners about undelivered city stickers weeks after paying online or in the mail.
Research by the clerk’s office indicated that stickers ordered online and sent out in the mail on May 30th, along with a batch of stickers paid via mail renewal forms and dropped off at the post office on June 23rd were inexplicably not reaching driver mailboxes.
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.”
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 Chicago city sticker sales poised to begin the transition to year round sales this spring, the City Clerk’s office announced some other changes to the program including doing away with the traditional 15-day grace period before enforcement begins.
As Chicago drivers are well aware, from time immemorial Chicago city stickers had to be purchased between May and the end of June. With city stickers officially expiring on June 31st of each year, drivers were always allowed a 15-day grace period to come into compliance before they could be ticketed for not having a city sticker on their car’s windshield. Tickets for failure to purchase and/or display a city sticker is $200.
Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza just released a new video explaining how year round city stickers will work in 2014.
City sticker sales will remain the same as previous years, but the Clerk’s office will use this year to educate drivers about the changes next year to hopefully make sales next year as painless as possible.
This weeks Chicago City Council saw the passing of two ordinances that will affect the vehicle owners in Chicago.
Year-Round City Sticker Sales
City Clerk Susana Mendoza’s proposal to dramatically change Chicago city sticker sales from one month out of the year to year-round sales sailed through the City Council with overwhelming approval.
While city sticker sales will begin in mid-May, the transition to a year-round model similar to the state’s model for renewing license plate stickers will begin in 2014. City stickers will have to be renewed annually six months after the month a vehicle’s state license plate sticker expires.