Contesting Parking Violation: Procedure
contest a citation, the first request must be made within 21 calendar days of
receiving the citation OR within 14 calendar days of receiving the delinquent
notice (see below for more details).
Please note that the request must be made for an INITIAL REVIEW before a
request for an ADMINISTRATIVE HEARING.
The request for the ADMINISTRATIVE HEARING must be made within 21 days of the
results from the INITIAL REVIEW. No
money is required to request an INITIAL REVIEW, but all fees due from the
Citation must be paid before an ADMINISTRATIVE HEARING date is provided.
request a review or hearing date by phone, please call the phone number
indicated on the CITATION or the DELINQUENT NOTICE during normal working hours
of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., excluding weekends and holidays.
You may also call 1-(888)-300-9915 to speak with a representative. A Customer Service Representative will provide you with instructions and details on how to contest your citation.
request a review or hearing date by mail,
mail your request to the address indicated on the CITATION or the DELINQUENT
NOTICE. If you do not have the
address, send the request to the address below.
Please request the review or hearing within the time limits indicated.
Failure to request a citation review or hearing will result in the case
not heard and the request will be mailed back to you.
for Citation Review/Hearing
Citation Service Center
Office Box 11923
Ana, CA 92711
contest the Citation at the first level, Initial Review
(a) For a period of 21 calendar days from the issuance of a notice
of parking violation or 14 calendar days from the mailing of a notice of
delinquent parking violation, a person may request an initial review of the
notice by the issuing agency. The request may be made by telephone, in writing,
or in person. There shall be no charge for this review. If, following the
initial review, the issuing agency is satisfied that the violation did not
occur, that the registered owner was not responsible for the violation, or that
extenuating circumstances make dismissal of the citation appropriate in the
interest of justice, the issuing agency shall cancel the notice of parking
violation or notice of delinquent parking violation. The issuing agency shall
advise the processing agency, if any, of the cancellation. The issuing agency
or the processing agency shall mail the results of the initial review to the
person contesting the notice.
contest the Citation at the second level, Administrative Hearing
If the person is dissatisfied with the results of the initial review, the
person may request an administrative hearing of the violation no later than 21
calendar days following the mailing of the results of the issuing agency's
initial review. The request may be made by telephone, in writing, or in person. You may download a Hearing Request form from this website.
The person requesting an administrative hearing shall deposit the amount of the
parking penalty with the processing agency. The issuing agency shall provide a
written procedure to allow a person to request an administrative hearing
without payment of the parking penalty upon satisfactory proof of an inability
to pay the amount due. Notice of this procedure shall be provided to all
persons requesting an administrative hearing. After January 1, 1996, an
administrative hearing shall be held within 90 calendar days following the
receipt of a request for an administrative hearing, excluding time tolled
pursuant to this article. The person requesting the hearing may request one
continuance, not to exceed 21 calendar days.
The administrative hearing process shall include the following:
The person requesting a hearing shall have the choice of a hearing by mail or
in person. An in-person hearing shall be conducted within the jurisdiction of
the issuing agency. If an issuing agency contracts with an administrative
provider, hearings shall be held within the jurisdiction of the issuing agency
or no more than 21 miles outside the county.
If the person requesting a hearing is a minor, that person shall be permitted
to appear at a hearing or admit responsibility for the parking violation
without the necessity of the appointment of a guardian. The processing agency
may proceed against the minor in the same manner as against an adult.
The administrative hearing shall be conducted in accordance with written
procedures established by the issuing agency and approved by the governing body
or chief executive officer of the issuing agency. The hearing shall provide an
independent, objective, fair, and impartial review of contested parking
contest the Citation at the third and final level, Contest requested by the
(a) Within 30 calendar days after the mailing or personal delivery
of the final decision described in subdivision (b) of Section 40215, the
contestant may seek review by filing an appeal to be heard by the municipal
court, or by the superior court in a county in which there is no municipal
court, where the same shall be heard de novo, except that the contents
of the processing agency's file in the case shall be received in evidence. A
copy of the notice of parking violation or, if the citation was issued
electronically, a true and correct abstract containing the information set
forth in the notice of parking violation shall be admitted into evidence as
prima facie evidence of the facts stated therein. A copy of the notice of
appeal shall be served in person or by first-class mail upon the processing
agency by the contestant. For purposes of computing the 30-calendar-day period,
Section 1013 of the Code of Civil Procedure shall be applicable. A proceeding
under this subdivision is a limited civil case.
The fee for filing the notice of appeal is twenty-five dollars ($25).
The court shall request that the processing agency's file on the case be
forwarded to the court, to be received within 15 calendar days of the request.
The court shall notify the contestant of the appearance date by mail or
personal delivery. The court shall retain the twenty-five dollar ($25) fee
regardless of the outcome of the appeal. If the court finds in favor of
the contestant, the amount of the fee shall be reimbursed to the contestant by
the processing agency. Any deposit of parking penalty shall be refunded by the
processing agency in accordance with the judgment of the court.
The conduct of the appeal under this section is a subordinate judicial duty
that may be performed by traffic trial commissioners and other subordinate
judicial officials at the direction of the presiding judge of the court.
If no notice of appeal of the processing agency's decision is filed within the
period set forth in subdivision (a), the decision shall be deemed final.
If the parking penalty has not been deposited and the decision is against the
contestant, the processing agency shall, after the decision becomes final,
proceed to collect the penalty pursuant to Section 40220.