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June is Chicago city sticker renewal month!

It's when all drivers must spend $75 or more to obtain their annual city vehicle sticker for every car, truck, van, pickup or motorcycle they own registered to a Chicago address.

Hooray!

Despite this annual assault to your wallet, there is a little bit of good news surrounding the 2009-2010 sticker.


First, this year's sticker is streamlined. If you live in a residential parking zone, your residential parking permit is actually consolidated onto your city vehicle sticker. So, instead of having two decals cluttering up your windshield, now you'll have only one.

Plus this year's city sticker has additional security measures to prevent counterfeiting and discouraging theft. These measures include printing your license plate number on your sticker, so you'll need to know your license plate number when you renew or purchase.

Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, the renewal process is much faster and easier than previous years.

While you can purchase your city stickers at City Hall, City Clerk Satellite Offices, Department of Revenue Substations, at Aldermanic ward offices on certain days, and more than 300 community vendors including Dominick's grocery stores, currency exchanges and select banks, the best way may be purchasing online at the city clerk's website: www.ChiCityClerk.com.

By using the City Clerk's website to purchase your sticker, you don't have to go anywhere, wait in line or pay a $5.50 premium when you purchase at banks, currency exchanges or at Dominick's. Plus, you'll get your sticker in the mail within a few days.

"We are strongly encouraging people to purchase their sticker online," says  City Clerk Information Officer Kristine Williams. "Stickers are processed and in the mail within 48 hours after purchasing them online."

Of course, if your old school and enjoy taking things slow, you can still purchase your city sticker by mail using the renewal form you should have received in the mail, but you don't need the renewal form to purchase online. However, if you opt to purchase you sticker in person, you must bring your renewal form or driver's license along and know your vehicle's license plate number.

A complete list of sale locations, Aldermanic Ward sale dates and more details about this year's vehicle sticker can be found at the City Clerk's website or by calling 312-742-5375.

But you may want to get moving, your old, 2008 - 2009 vehicle sticker, expires on June 30, 2009. There is a 15 day grace period, until July 15th, before you're hit with a $40 late fee. Plus, after that date, you risk the possibility of an expensive parking ticket for "failure to display" your city sticker.

City stickers for most cars are $75, but larger vehicles like SUV's and trucks pay more, and Senior citizens and motorcycles pay less. Check the Vehicle Sticker Price List for the details on pricing.

IMPORTANT GEEK TIPS

Make sure you remove all of your old city stickers from your windshield before mounting your new one. It's illegal to have more than the most current year displayed and you can be ticketed.

Also, it's illegal to use any sort of clear envelope or sleeve to display your city sticker. It must be affixed directly to the inside of your windshield on the lower portion of the passenger side of the glass. While rarely enforced, using one of these clear sleeves could get you a ticket.

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