Parking Tickets

Parking tickets (also referred to as citations) are issued by parking enforcement officials for violating state parking laws (California Vehicle Code) or city parking laws (Los Angeles Municipal Code).

Pay Your Ticket
You can pay your ticket in one of four convenient ways.

  1. Online
    Pay online by Visa or Mastercard, $2 processing fee.
  2. By phone (automated system)
    Pay by Visa or Mastercard at (866)561-9742
  3. In person (4 locations, open M-F 9AM-5PM)
    We accept cash, check, money order, cashier's check, credit card and debit card payments
    Downtown - 312 W 2nd Street
    Mid-Wilshire – 3333 Wilshire Blvd.
    West Los Angeles - 9911 West Pico Blvd, #B-201
    Van Nuys - 6309 Van Nuys Blvd., #103
  4. By Mail:
    Make check payable to "City of Los Angeles", write citation number on the memo line, and mail to:
         City of Los Angeles
         P.O. Box 30420
         Los Angeles, CA. 90030-0968

My Car Was Towed!
Go to the Official Police Garage to locate and recover your vehicle. You will have to pay any outstanding parking citations (including late fees and penalties) and any impound or storage fees before your vehicle can be released.

Contesting a Ticket

There are three different steps that may happen once a constituent has contested a ticket. At each step the matter can be resolved by the citation being found to either be valid or invalid. If the constituent is not satisfied at each step, they may move on to the next.

  1. Administrative Review
    Request must be made within 21 days of receiving the ticket.  You send evidence and an explanation for why you believe you did not violate the cited parking law, we will review, and then determine if there is sufficient proof to determine:
    A.     Violation did not occur
    B.     Registered owner is not responsible
    C.     If there were extenuating circumstances
  2. Hearing
    Request must be made within 21 days of administrative review decision.  If you disagree, you may schedule an in-person meeting with a hearing officer.  By state law, you must pay all fines owned on the ticket before you request a hearing. After reviewing evidence and receiving testimony, the hearing officer will conclude the meeting.  A written decision will be sent to you by mail.
  3. Court
    You have the right to dispute a parking ticket in Superior Court if you do not prevail during the administrative review or hearing.  The appeal must be made in person within 30 days of the hearing officer’s decision.  There is a $25 filing fee that is refunded if the judge rules in your favor.

Late Fees:
Late fees typically double the cost of a parking ticket. To avoid late penalties, we must receive your payment within 21 days of the date the ticket was issued, or 14 days from the date of the first overdue notice.

If the ticket remains unpaid we will take the following steps:

  1. Collections fee & DMV hold
    82 days after the ticket issuance date, an additional $21 collections fee is added as well as a Department of Motor Vehicles hold fee.  You will not be able to re-register your car until all unpaid citations and fees are paid.
  2. Boot & tow
    If you have 5 or more unpaid tickets, your vehicle may be booted or towed and impounded.  You will not be able to recover your vehicle until all unpaid citations and fees are paid.
  3. Credit bureau
    Your delinquent unpaid tickets may be reported to credit bureaus.  This may negatively affect your ability to secure future loans or financing, or may increase the interest rate you pay.
  4. Collections agency
    Your delinquent unpaid tickets may be referred to a collection agency for collection. 

Parking Citation Revenue
The average ticket is $68. Some ($12.50) goes to county and state fees and the remainder ($45.50) goes to the city's general fund to pay for essential municipal services, including police and fire.

 

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