Residents rush to get vehicle stickers

July 1, 2009 3:47:48 PM PDT
If you still need to buy a new city sticker for your vehicle, you're not alone. In Chicago and in west suburban Cicero, people are waiting in line for the stickers one day after the deadline.

If you live in Chicago, there is a grace period. But vehicle owners in Cicero aren't so lucky.

Hundreds waited in line in suburban Cicero to get their city vehicle sticker one day after the deadline.

In Chicago the sticker expired on June 30. But there is a two week grace period to purchase and display the new sticker extending to July 15.

The line at the city clerks office in city hall moved quickly.

"Everybody needs their stickers. I could have done it through the mail like everybody should do but with procrastination I didn't and here I am," said Jose Chao.

"I decided I would get this out of the way," said Willie Ray Jr.

"It's when I have the money available and I have it now," said Yvette Thomas.

Failure to purchase and display the new vehicle city sticker by July 15 could result in a $120 ticket and a late fee of $40.

"The lines are moving fast. You maybe have a 20 to 30 minute wait to get your sticker," said Kristine Williams, Office of the City Clerk.

There are some changes to this year's stickers. Motorists who live in residential parking zones will find their zone number printed on their sticker, eliminating the need for a second sticker.

As an added security measure, license plate information is now included on most stickers. Residents must know their license plate number when purchasing their sticker.

Other new security features include new barcode technology and reflective particles.

When ordering your vehicle sticker online, you should allow up to 14 days to receive it in the mail.

Stickers can be purchased at City Hall, City Clerk satellite offices, Department of Revenue substations and more than 300 other locations, including Dominick's grocery stores, currency exchanges and some banks.


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