A: If you missed your hearing for good cause, you must file a motion to set-aside the default in-person at the Central Hearing facility, 400 West Superior St., Information Desk, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. You cannot file a motion to set-aside the default over the telephone nor can it be faxed or mailed to you. Currently, there is no fee for filing a motion to set-aside default. If the hearing you missed involved a parking, compliance or red light ticket, you can file a motion to set-aside the default at any of the City’s three hearing locations.
A: You may contact the telephone number indicated on the notice for further information. If the collection notice was sent as a result of a Department of Administrative Hearings matter, you may file a Freedom of Information (FOIA) request at 740 North Sedgwick, 2nd floor to obtain copies of the court file. Depending on the status of the case as indicated in the court file, you may be able to request a motion to set-aside the default. At that time, when you appear in court, the City representative will explain the ticket to you and show you any photos that were taken.
A: Pre-payable citations are listed on the back portion of your ticket. If your ticket is pre-pay eligible, you may pay the fine indicated instead of attending the hearing within seven (7) days of the date the violation was issued. If your violation is not listed on the back then you must appear for your hearing on the day and time indicated. If you are found liable, the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) will determine the fine amount which varies by violation. The fine is set by City ordinance.
A: You can call the Administrative Hearings general information line at 312.742.4747. For faster service, please have the following available when you call: docket or ticket number, name, address of violation. If this is a parking, compliance or red light hearing, please call the City of Chicago ticket helpline at 312.744.PARK (7275) for assistance.
A: If you received a notice of impoundment on a vehicle you never owned, or for a vehicle that you donated, previously owned or sold prior to the impoundment you may contact the Department of Law at 312.742.8421. In addition, you should forward any proof of the vehicle transactions to fax number 312.742.8420. Satisfactory proof could include a charitable receipt, trade-in form from an auto dealership, bill of sale, letter between two parties indicating a curb-side sale, copy of a signed title between parties, or any Secretary of State documentation such as a revoked/transferred title, vehicle registration number or license plate.