Chicago City Clerk Susana A. Mendoza introduced an ordinance in today’s City Council to reduce some of the fee’s charged for Chicago City Vehicle Sticker services provided by the Office of the City Clerk. These fees include City Vehicle Sticker replacements, transferring Vehicle Stickers, and changing the residential parking zone parking.
Currently, the Office of the City Clerk charges $30.00 to replace a sticker that is lost, stolen, or damaged. Under the proposed ordinance the fee would be reduced to $5.00. Additionally, transferring a sticker to another vehicle will be reduced from $20.00 to $5.00 and changing the residential zone on a sticker will be reduced from $10.00 to $5.00.
Revisiting Chicago City Vehicle Sticker fees is part of the final phase of the transition to Year-Round Sales. The current fee schedule for replacements, transfers, and changing a residential zone was set many years ago and the fees no longer make sense.
Replacement fees were set as a fraud reduction measure. Vehicle stickers now have distinctive vehicle information printed on them making it possible to identify if a sticker has been illegally displayed on a vehicle.
It has been to goal of Clerk’s Office’s to “right size” the fees charged to reflect the actual level of labor involved in providing vehicle sticker services, Mendoza said.
“We shouldn’t be punishing people who are victims of vandalism or a car accidents by hitting them with a $30.00 fee for a product that cost a fraction of that to produce,” said Mendoza. “A person who is moving to a different residential zone or a person or purchases and new car have just spent a lot of money. We shouldn't be squeezing them for a few extra dollars.”