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Q. Will contesting or challenging my ticket really give me more time to pay?
A. No. Contrary to popular belief, contesting or challenging a ticket will unlikely buy you more time. In fact, if you are found liable you may be billed more quickly. Should you need more time to pay a ticket, please take advantage of one of the City of Chicago's available payment plans.
Q. If I elect to contest my ticket by mail, what information should be included?
A. Set forth facts that establish an allowable defense. Also sign any supporting evidence and indicate the ten-digit ticket number of the ticket you are contesting on each piece of evidence. Evidence includes but is not limited to: photographs, affidavits, your state vehicle registration, or official police vehicle theft and/or recovery reports. Make sure the documents are legible and complete. Send copies, not originals; evidence will not be returned.
Q. My car is registered outside of Chicago. Am I still required to display a City Sticker on my car?
A. Yes, as long as you are a resident of Chicago. Residents include all people who own or rent property in Chicago, regardless of whether or not Chicago is your primary home. New residents must obtain and display a City sticker in 30 days.
Q. I do not own property in Chicago but instead rent an apartment. Am I still required to display a City Sticker on my car?
A. Yes, renters must obtain and properly display a city sticker.
Q. I've seen ticket-issuers taking photos of violations. What's going on?
A. Parking enforcement personnel may issue tickets using handheld computers that can also take supporting photos. Photos will serve as evidence to a violation. Motorists who receive a ticket that is supported by photographs may view them on this site.
Q. Will the Administrative Law Officer listen to my side of the story?
A. Yes, but you need to raise one of the allowable defenses. Administrative Law Officers are private attorneys contracted by the City of Chicago's Department of Administrative Hearings. They are trained to hear parking ticket cases and must be fair and impartial. They must base their rulings on ordinances and not on personal feelings.
Q. Why did I get a ticket when there was clearly no yellow line?
A. The yellow line itself does not determine whether a parking space is legal or illegal. The yellow line is merely a warning to look around for a “no parking sign” or an indication that you can't park there.
Q. Can I get a ticket, even if I was illegally parked for a minute?
A. You may be ticketed for parking illegally for any amount of time. The actual duration one is parked illegally is not a defense.
Q. Can I be ticketed even if there was time on the meter? How is that possible?
A. If you are parked at a two-hour meter, for example, you are not allowed to feed the meter after the two hours are over. You must move your car so that other motorists may park. Even if you put more quarters in the meter, if you have parked there over the stated limit, you can get a ticket.
Q. Why did I get a ticket for a Street Cleaning Violation? There were no signs posted when I parked.
A. The City must provide reasonable notice of street cleaning or other temporary no-parking restrictions. A hearing officer can determine whether or not a violation is proper.
Q. I received multiple tickets for the same meter violation, how is that possible?
A. Motorists can get multiple parking tickets for sitting at the same expired meter, so if you are parked at an expired one-hour meter for more than two hours, you can get two tickets.
Q. What are the defenses for contesting parking tickets?
A. The Municipal Code of Chicago allows the following defenses for parking and compliance tickets. The following defenses are allowed for most parking and compliance tickets:
Q. What are the defenses for contesting red light tickets?
A. The following defenses are allowed for red light violations recorded by automated cameras (violations issued pursuant to 9-102-020 of the Municipal Code of Chicago). You should have received a notice by postal mail displaying three (3) images of a vehicle registered in your name, including a close-up image of the vehicle's license plate:
Q. What are the defenses for contesting automated speed enforcement tickets?
A. The following defenses are allowed for automated speed enforcement violations recorded by automated cameras (violations issued pursuant to 9-101-020 of the Municipal Code of Chicago). You should have received a notice by postal mail displaying three (3) images of a vehicle registered in your name, including a close-up image of the vehicle's license plate:
Q. What should I do if I already paid the fine and/or late penalty for a violation but I am still receiving notices from the City?
A. Please call 312-744-7275 and a representative will review and research your payment dispute. If you are unable to resolve the issue via phone to your satisfaction, then you may send your payment dispute with supporting documentation to the Payment Escalation Unit at the address listed below for a final review. After reviewing your payment dispute, the Payment Escalation Unit will mail you a letter with its determination.
ATTN: Payment Escalation Unit
City of Chicago Department of Finance
P.O. Box 806407
Chicago, IL 60680-4125