Parking Citations

You can pay a parking citation online or by phone at any hour, or come to the Customer Service Center during business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, closed on Fridays). If you want to contest a citation and request an administrative review or hearing, instructions and further information can be found here.

Paying a Citation

You can pay your parking citations at any hour using Online Service Center: Parking Ticket Information or the 24-hour IVR payment line at (866) 226-9288. You will need the citation number issued against your vehicle and your MasterCard or VISA.

You may also pay your parking citation at the Customer Service Center during business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, closed on Fridays).

The Process of Contest a Parking Citation

The City of Berkeley follows the process as established by the State of California to contest a parking citation (California Vehicle Code 40215)  Contesting a citation is a three level process consisting of:

If you have any questions about how to contest a parking citation or to check on the status of your Administrative Review, please call our Customer Service Office at 1-866-226-9288

You may not skip either the Administrative Review or Administrative Hearing and file immediately for a Superior Court ruling.

 Step One - Administrative Review

Step Two - An Administrative Hearing

If you are dissatisfied with the Administrative Review result, you may, within 21 days of the mailing date of the Administrative Review Decision, have an Administrative Hearing before a Hearing Examiner in person or by mail.

Note:  Under California Vehicle Code section 40215(b), you must provide a deposit of the full amount of the parking penalty before having a hearing unless you fill out a Request to Waive Hearing Deposit, supported by your most recent Federal Tax filings or other acceptable documents as described on form.  You may request a Waiver of the Fee form here or by calling 1-866-226-9288.  Hearing deposits can be made by check or money order or in person with a check, money order, cash or Visa or MasterCard.

Request to Waive Hearing Deposit

In-Person Administrative Hearings

To schedule an In-Person hearing, please do the following:

Follow these steps when submitting an Administrative Hearing:

All documentation submitted will be retained in the hearing file.

You will be notified of the Hearing Officer's determination at the end of the hearing or soon afterward by mail.  (It is suggested that you retain the hearing decision as a receipt for your records.)  If the Hearing Officer determines your citation should be dismissed your deposit will be refunded.  If the Hearing Officer determines your citation will not be dismissed, the deposit paid with your hearing request will applied to your citation.  If you do not agree with the decision you may request an appeal to Superior Court (see Step Three).

Administrative Hearings By Mail

A Hearing Examiner will review your Written Declaration and supporting evidence, accompanied by your check or money order for the full amount of the deposit, and a Hearing Decision will be mailed to you.

All documentation submitted will be retained in the hearing file.

You will be notified by mail of the Hearing Officer's determination of your Hearing by Mail.  If the Hearing Officer determines your citation should be dismissed, your deposit will be refunded.   If the Hearing Officer determines your citation will not be dismissed, the deposit paid with your hearing request will be applied to your citation.  If you do not agree with the decision you may request an appeal to Superior Court (see Step Three).

Step Three - Appeal to Superior Court 

Note:  According to California Vehicle Code section 40230(a), you may NOT skip the Administrative Review or Administrative Hearing and file immediately for a Superior Court ruling.

If the Hearing Examiner does not dismiss your citation and you wish to continue contesting the citation, you may appeal the decision to Superior Court.  You must request an appeal within 30-calendar days of the date of the Hearing Examiner's decision.  You must file for the appeal in person at the Superior Court.  There is a $25.00 filing fee per citation required by the Court, which will be refunded to you if the judge rules in your favor.

Parking citation appeals may be filed at the address listed below:

  • Alameda County Superior Court
  • 1225 Fallon St.
  • Oakland, CA 94612-4219

 Superior Court hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except during Court Holidays and Furloughs.

Correctable Citations

Effective August 1, 2009, if citations for registration (CVC 4000A), and equipment (CVC 5204, 5200, & 5201) violations  are corrected within 30 days from the date of the notice of violation  with proof of correction  provided, the penalty amount will be reduced to $10 pursuant to CVC 40225 (C). The $10 correction fee must accompany the evidence of correction, sign-off for which may be obtained from any police officer, Berkeley Parking Officer or DMV official in the space designated on the back of the parking citation or notice of violation. After 30 days from the notice of violation proof of correction will no longer be accepted and the fine must be paid in full.


If your vehicle was timely registered with DMV at the time you received a CVC 5204 or 4000 (A) citation you may be eligible for complete dismissal of the penalty if you provide supporting evidence of your compliance through the Administrative Review process, described on the back of the citation.  


Check List for Correctible Violations

  1. Correction must be made within 30 days from Notice of Violation
  2. Proof of correction evidenced by signature of any Police Officer, DMV or Berkeley Parking Enforcement Officer
  3. Payment of $10.00
  4. Mail proof of correction & $10.00 payment to:
    City of Berkeley
    P.O. Box 54017
    Los Angeles, California  90054-0017
  5. Make checks payable to City of Berkeley

Citations for expired registration CVC 4000 must be signed by a Police Officer, Parking Enforcement Officer or DMV Employee. 

If you have questions about correctible violations, please call Customer Service at (866) 226-9288.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Can a customer request a specific date for a hearing?

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