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Parking Citations

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If you receive a parking ticket, you must respond within 21 days of the issue date.

The Office of Citation Appeal Administration 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 includes supporting documentation.

After 21 days — The citation is delinquent, the penalty doubles, and you lose your option to appeal.

  • After 45 days — The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) places a hold on the vehicle registration and adds $20 to the  doubled penalty.

Several unpaid citations can lead to:

  • 5 unpaid, delinquent citations — Parking enforcement officers will lock an immobilization boot on your vehicle. You must pay all delinquent parking citations  and a $150 boot removal fee within 24 hours to avoid towing.
  • 24 hours after the boot — If penalties remain unpaid, a local towing company will tow the vehicle off UC San Diego property.
  • 5 citations at the DMV — Any San Diego or UC police officer can tow the vehicle without warning.
  • To reclaim your towed vehicle, you must pay towing costs, daily vehicle storage fees, and all parking penalties.


Contact the Office of Citation Appeal Administration, (858) 534-4356.