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Parking Citation Appeal Process

The levels of the appeal process appear below. Level 1 explains how to proceed through the initial administrative review process. Levels 2 and 3 explain how to advance your appeal if the initial result is unfavorable.

Level 1: Administrative Review

You have 21 calendar days from the date the ticket is issued to submit a written appeal for a first level administrative review (CVC 40215 (a)).

Citation Appeals only accepts written and electronic appeals because we must retain appeal records to meet audit requirements.

When reviewing citation appeals, adjudicators primarily base their decisions on these two questions:

  1. Did the citing officer cite in error?
  2. Does the appeal and/or supporting documentation demonstrate that extenuating circumstances make fine reduction or citation dismissal appropriate?

Appeals should be submitted online. Scan and upload any documentation that supports your claim. Keep your citation (ticket) and make a copy of your appeal for your records.

Until adjudicators complete their review, the citation fine is placed on hold and no additional fees are charged. You will be sent an appeal result letter within 21 days of submitting your appeal. You may also check your appeal status online or contact us at (858) 534-4223, for your appeal results. Have your citation or license plate number ready.

If your appeal results letter requests that you to submit proof of a valid permit for the day and time in question, submit a copy of your dated parking permit or ParkMobile app receipt that includes date, time and license plate number in one of these ways:

  • Email: (preferred)
  • Mail:

    UC San Diego
    Parking Citation Appeals
    9500 Gilman Drive #0042
    La Jolla, CA 92093-0042

If desired, you may call (858) 534-4223, between 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. weekdays to confirm receipt of your evidence.

Level 2: Administrative Hearing

If you disagree with the results of your appeal, you may advance your case to a second level administrative hearing, commonly referred to as a “second level appeal.” You may choose between a mail or in-person hearing.

To proceed, complete steps 1 and 2 within 21 calendar days of your level 1 results — the due date appears on your Result of Administrative Review letter:

  1. Pay the original fine. (A fine waiver available if you establish indigent status. Some or all of your fine payment may be refunded if your second level appeal is successful.)
  2. Schedule your hearing by calling Citation Appeals at (858) 534-4223 or emailing
    1. Hearings are scheduled within a 90 period from the date of the hearing request.
    2. A one-time continuance of up to 21 days may be requested.

An independent, qualified examiner conducts in-person hearings at the Student Services Center the first and third Thursday each month between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

If the hearing examiner overturns the first level decision, you will receive a full payment refund. If the hearing examiner upholds initial decision, you have the option to proceed to Level 3 – Civil Appeal.

Level 3: Civil Appeal

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 Court
Attn: Administrative Parking Hearing Appeals
8950 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92123-1187
If the civil appeal process finds you are not liable, any amount paid will be refunded, including the $25 filing fee.


Contact Citation Appeals, (858) 534-4223.