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Old 04-03-2010, 12:34 AM
 
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My license plate sticker expired on 3/31 and of course I got a ticket. I mailed the renewal about 3 weeks ago, but I haven't received a sticker and my check hasn't been cashed yet! All I have is a duplicate of the check I wrote. Do I have any recourse in this? My car will be hiding out for a while...
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Old 04-03-2010, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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If you take the duplicate check into an administrative hearing and explain you have not received your sticker yet, I give 50/50 odds of getting the ticket dismissed. Don't try to contest it by mail though -- do it in person. Take the whole checkbook in so you can show it was in sequence with other checks written around the same time and not just "made up after the fact" to try to get out of the ticket.
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Old 04-03-2010, 02:00 PM
 
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It wasn't in Cook County, but I had one that was just over a month overdue (I totally forgot about it!) and it was dismissed because I immediately got a new one after I got my ticket.

I'd hope being only a couple of days overdue, and having already sent in for the new one, that yours would be dismissed, as well.
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Old 04-03-2010, 04:20 PM
 
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Thanks you guys, I'm gonna definitely fight this one out--the city has enough of my $$ already!
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Old 04-03-2010, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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If you contest by mail don't print double sided; send single page statements. The scanning is done by incompetent IBM which only scans one sided papers.
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Old 04-03-2010, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Old 04-03-2010, 06:47 PM
 
Location: South Side
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Thanks you guys, I'm gonna definitely fight this one out--the city has enough of my $$ already!
The ticket you got was for 'failure to display'. Be prepared to be found guilty of the offense.
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Old 04-03-2010, 07:17 PM
 
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I am under the firm belief you still have a 30 day grace period. Many times have I gone into the DMV the next month after it expires and I was never charged the late fee.
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Old 04-03-2010, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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If you contest by mail don't print double sided; send single page statements. The scanning is done by incompetent IBM which only scans one sided papers.
If he contests by mail, he'll lose.

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I am under the firm belief you still have a 30 day grace period. Many times have I gone into the DMV the next month after it expires and I was never charged the late fee.
There may be 30-day grace period before paying the fee, but there's no grace period for 1) actually re-registering, or b) having a current sticker on your plate.
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Old 05-11-2010, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Houston
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My wife got 2 tickets on February, one for not having a front license plate and the other for an expired sticker.
Both were contested by mail, after renewing the sticker and installing the front plate, and we got positive results in both cases just a couple weeks ago, so miracles can happen.
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