Buy your city sticker by midnight or pay a fee tomorrow

Buy your city sticker by midnight or pay a fee tomorrow

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

If you don't have a Chicago city sticker yet, you're less than three hours from paying a hefty fine.

A lot of last minute people have been waiting in line Monday evening at City Hall to get a sticker and luckily, there are a number of locations open until midnight, so you can get yours.

The stickers cost $85 for cars and $135 for SUV's and larger vehicles.

The Chicago city vehicle sticker deadline expired last month and now the 15-day grace period ends at midnight.

Armed with the right paperwork, vehicle registration or auto insurance card, residents were left scrambling before the $60 late fee is added to your parking sticker purchase.

"I'm a procrastinator," one person told our cameras. "I love to stand in line on the last day and complain."

"Yeah, I'm not doing this again next year," added another. "I'm actually from New York and I just moved here and I've never had to stand in line like this."

Not complaining now, but if you miss the deadline and your vehicle is parked on the street or city garage, you could get a $200 ticket added to your $60 fine.

FOX 32 News found some Chicago residents who paid for the zone portion part of the city vehicle sticker but didn't receive it. City workers say you can bring it back and if you have proof of payment, they'll print you a new sticker.

Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza has come up with a way to almost eliminate these last minute long lines. Starting in 2014, Chicago will be issuing city stickers the same way the Secretary of State's Office does year round.

"When the whole city comes to renew in June, we'll put them on a new renewal month and that renewal month will be six months after their license plate registration expires," Mendoza explains.

400 currency locations across the city are selling the Chicago parking stickers and many are open until midnight Monday. Dominick's is open and they're selling stickers with an added fee of about $5.

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