Appeal a Parking Citation
A vehicle will be cited if it is parked illegally or does not properly display a valid UC San Diego parking permit or current DMV registration.
The Adjudication office encourages those who believe they were parked legally at the time a citation was issued to submit a written appeal. Successful appeals clearly demonstrate the citation was issued in error and often include supporting documentation.
All citation appeals must be submitted in writing for adjudicators to review. Keep your citation (ticket) and make a copy of your appeal for your records.
You must submit an appeal within 21 days of the date on the citation. After 21 days, you lose your right to appeal, and the fine doubles.
All citation appeals must be submitted in writing for adjudicators to review. When reviewing citation appeals, decisions are primarily based on these two questions:
- Did the citing officer cite in error?
- Does the appeal and/or supporting documentation demonstrate that extenuating circumstances justify the dismissal of a valid citation?
You can obtain a citation appeal form:
- Download the Citation Appeal Form (PDF) and email it to email@example.com.
- In person at:
Include any documentation to support your claim. If submitting online, scan and upload your supporting documents. Documents will not be returned. Keep your citation (ticket) and make a copy of your appeal for your records.
Until a decision is made, the citation fine is placed on hold and no additional fees are charged.
If your address changes during the review period, contact the adjudication office, (858) 534-4356.
You’ll receive a result letter within 21 days of submitting your appeal. If your letter allows you to submit proof of a valid permit for the day in question, bring proof in person to the campus or Hillcrest parking office.
You are responsible for following up on your appeal. Check appeal status online or contact the adjudication office, (858) 534-4356, for your appeal results, no matter how you submitted it. Have your citation or license plate number ready.
If you have been found liable and are dissatisfied with the result of the initial review, you can request an administrative hearing.
You must submit an appeal within 21 days of the date on the initial review result. After 21 days, you lose your right to request an administrative hearing, and the fine doubles.
To contest your citation at this level, you must complete both of these steps by the due date shown on your result letter:
- Pay the original fine by the due date. Payments can be made in person by check, money order, cash, or online.
- Request a hearing date by calling (858) 534-4356 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can either send a written appeal or appear before a hearing officer to explain your case.
If your appeal is successful and you're found not liable during the administrative hearing, you'll receive a refund of the amount paid, minus any nonrefundable credit card convenience fee.
California Vehicle Code Section 40230(a) allows you to file a civil appeal for a parking citation if you're dissatisfied with the results of your administrative hearing.
Before you can file, you must receive a Result of Administrative Hearing that shows you were found liable.
To further contest the citation, you must file a request with the San Diego Superior Court within 30 calendar days after personal delivery or within 35 days after mailing (Code Civ. Proc. §1031) of the issuing agency’s final decision.
Your request must include:
- Copy of the Result of Administrative Hearing
- ORIGINAL Notice of Appeal – Administrative Parking Hearing (SDSC Form #MO-035)
- ORIGINAL Proof of Service of Notice of Appeal – Administrative Parking Hearing (SDSC Form #MO-036)
- $25 fee (check or money order) or a completed Request to Waive Court Fees (JC Form #FW-001)
A separate request must be submitted for each parking citation. Checks or money orders are to be made payable to: Clerk of the Superior Court. Requests may be submitted by mail to, or deposited in the court’s Express Drop Box at:
San Diego Superior CourtIf the civil appeal process finds you are not liable, any amount paid will be refunded, including the $25 filing fee.
Attn: Administrative Parking Hearing Appeals
8950 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92123-1187