I recently received a $50 parking ticket from the City of Chicago for not having a front plate. I take issue with this only because I live in Michigan where they only require one plate (since the 1970s). I was only visiting Chicago and parked on a street in the Lakeview area. My car is registered in Michigan, I carry MI no-fault insurance, my plates are MI, my driver's license is MI, and my permanent address is in MI. I can't even get two plates in MI anymore. Can I really be ticketed for not complying with an Chicago municipal law?
Good Afternoon Dave,
Since your car is registered in Michigan, and no front plate is required there, you are not required to display one when driving in Illinois. It sounds like your parking ticket was written under some kind of ordinance in Chicago. Although I am not familiar with all of the City of Chicago procedures, I believe there is an option for you to contest the ticket via mail. I would write a letter and explain this situation to them. If it cannot be solved by mail, I would appear on the designated court date and take your MI registration card in, along with any other documentation you have. The Judge in the matter should dismiss the ticket once he understands the situation. Hope that information is helpful.