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Parking Citations

Need to pay a ticket? Want to appeal? 

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Parking Citations

Parking citations must be paid or contested within 21 calendar days of issuance. Failure to pay the fine within the allotted 21 days will result in additional penalties and/or DMV delay of your vehicle registration until penalties are paid. Unregistered vehicles or vehicles with over five outstanding parking citations may be impounded, per 22651(i)(1) CVC. All fines are the responsibility of the registered vehicle owner.

Parking Citation Fee Schedule

Port Code Violation Rate if paid within 21 days* Rate if paid after 21 days* Rate if paid after 56 days*
8.11 Out-of-Stall $40 $80 $90
8.12 Expired Meter $30 $60 $70
8.13 Overtime at Meter $40 $80 $90
8.16 (a)(d)(e) & (f) Signs or Curb Markings Other than Red Zones $40 $80 $90
8.16(b) Red Zones $65 $130 $140

* A $12.50 mandatory California state fee is added to all citations.

Code Section 8.15 - Parking Regulations - Enforcement


Payment Options

Online: 

Click here to pay your citation online
You will be directed to a secure third party vendor hosted website.


Phone:

Payments and inquires can be made by calling 800.989.2058.


Mail:

Port of San Diego
C/O Citation Processing Center
P.O. Box 10479
Newport Beach, CA 92658-0479

*Please be sure to include the citation number on your payment, the notice of parking citation and/or proof of correction(s) with your check or money order payable to:  PORT OF SAN DIEGO.

Please Do Not Send Cash! 

*There is a $25.00 service charge for returned checks.


Appeal Citations

Click here to appeal citation online
You will be directed to a secure third party vendor hosted website.

Parking citations/tickets are not criminal offenses. They are civil penalties that are the joint liabilities of both the owner and operator of the vehicle. Once a citation is issued, it is up to the driver or owner to respond to the facts presented on the citation. There are three (3) levels of appeal/review:

*Each step in the appeal/review process must be taken in order and initiated within strict timeframes. No step can be skipped in favor of jumping to another step.


Disabled Persons Parking Placard

If violation resulted because a valid Disabled Persons Parking Placard was not displayed, within 21 days you must either remit full payment or a $10 processing fee per violation and provide a copy of vehicle registration and placard ID card (valid on citation date).  If not the placard holder, then also include a signed letter from the placard holder indicating they were being transported at the time of violation and a copy of the placard holder’s license and photo ID.

For information on disabled persons parking click here


Correctable Violations

CVC Sections 4000(A)(1), 5200 and 5204(A) require evidence of violation correction or proof of valid registration.  Evidence of correction may be obtained at any police agency which provides such service.  If corrected, bail on these violations is reduced to $10 per corrected violation, valid proof of each correction and $10 per corrected violation must be received within 21 days of the citation date or penalties will accrue.

For any questions or concerns please contact us at the following:


Indigent Payment Plan Option


The Port of San Diego provides the option to enroll parking citations in a monthly payment plan for customers who are determined indigent.  Customers will be required to pay a $5.00 enrollment fee to participate in the plan.  You can find documentation that will be considered acceptable in order to prove “indigency” within this attachment. See Port Code Section 8.15

Failure to make minimum monthly payments and failure to complete the plan by the completion date will result in plan cancellation and penalties being added to past due citations.  For more information on fees and payment plan requirements please see San Diego Unified District Code Section 8.15 – Parking Regulations – Enforcement

To request a Payment Plan, please click on the Request Payment Plan link below:

Request Payment Plan

You may also submit proof of eligibility and required documents via US Mail or in person at the following:

BY MAIL:

Parking Citations

Citation Processing Center

PO Box 10479
Newport Beach, CA 92658

IN PERSON:

Port of San Diego Administration Building
3165 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA 92101


(An envelope will be provided,
addressed to Citation Processing Center and postage will be covered.)