trudat15 wrote: descartesb4thehorse wrote: JollyGreenGiant wrote:
trudat15 wrote:For those of you who came from out of state and brought your cars - did you have to change your license plate and DL to Illinois?
You technically "have to" within 90 days, but most people (myself included) don't. I talked with a lady at the City Clerk's office and it sounded like commonplace, especially with students, to not get them changed. You can get a city sticker/residential permit without IL plates/license. However, I've never heard of an out-of-state person getting a ticket for not having a city sticker. Although it might be prevalent if you leave your car in the same place for extended periods...?
You do have to get the city sticker within a certain amount of time of coming to the city, or waiting until their annual rechanging, I think that's in July? That they do police and the sticker will go from $50 to $130 if you don't do it in the window.
If you have a "permanent address" out of state, I'm not sure what the major harm is in keeping your license and plates the same at that address. I guess for insurance purposes, it would be better to have everything set up in Illinois.
Thanks for the answers! I'm going to try and keep my tags and license as well (got the insurance with no problems).
For the city sticker - i have garage parking at my apartment. Do I need this city sticker? And do I need anything in particular to get one in person (ie registration card, proof of insurance, etc).
Not unless you park in the street (Chicago requires you to have a city sticker inside garage parking, but they can't enforce it obviously). Again, I haven't heard of out-of-state plates getting busted for not having a city sticker. I'm guessing the tourism industry would dip if they busted every single out-of-state plate parking in Chicago without a city sticker. It should be noted however that getting busted for not having the sticker is more expensive than the sticker itself.
I only needed to bring my license in for the sticker. If you happen to need a residential permit (unlikely if you're using garage parking), you need your lease as well.