The Traffic Services Division of the
Sheriff’s Department is responsible for Administrative Reviews of all County
Parking Violation Notices.
If you need additional information about responding to your parking citation, please determine first if it is a
COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO parking citation. County parking citation look like the one to the right. (Click the image to enlarge)
If your parking citation was issued by the City of San Diego, please contact San Diego Parking
WHAT DOES THIS VIOLATION MEAN?
IF YOU NEED A COPY OF A COUNTY PARKING CITATION
If you know from which station your citation was issued, please contact the station at
the following numbers. If you are not certain,
contact the Traffic Services Office at (858) 974-2099.
|Rancho San Diego
I WANT TO PAY MY TICKET
||You may pay by mail using the envelope provided with the ticket.
San Diego County Sheriff
Parking Enforcement Center
P.O. Box 3214
Milwaukee, WI 53201-3214
|| Pay by phone - call 1-866-449-7567
|| To pay online, click here.
I WANT MY TICKET REVIEWED
Following is the procedure for contesting a notice of parking violation. The form can be found in this
section and must be submitted with a copy of the citation, and any other proof.
PROCEDURE FOR CONTESTING A NOTICE OF PARKING VIOLATION
Rather than appearing in court on a contested parking citation, minor parking violations are no longer criminal
infractions. They have been reduced to civil offenses. Accordingly, the
criminal courts no longer will hear parking matters. If you wish to
challenge your parking citation, you may do so according to the civil
administrative process outlined below. If you have a question about the
citation, please contact the office where the citation was issued (i.e.,
Sheriff’s Station, CHP, General Services, etc.). You may also contact the
Parking Enforcement Center at 800-654-7275 (WHEN ASKED "WHAT CITY?" PLEASE
REPLY "COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO SHERIFF'S") or call the Sheriff’s Traffic Services Division at
It is important to request the review of the citation right away (within 21 days of issuance or of
receiving a notice of delinquent citation). Failure to do so will result in
increases to your parking penalty as well as having your vehicle
registration withheld by the Department of Motor Vehicles until the full
amount of your citation, including late penalties, is paid.
The first step is an Administrative Review. The purpose of this step is to screen out those citations where the
motorist is clearly not liable for the citation. Complete the
Request for Administrative Review form included in this section and
return it, with a copy of the citation and any other applicable proof, to:
San Diego County Sheriff’s Department-Traffic Division, P.O. Box 939062,
San Diego, Ca 92193-9062. You will be notified in writing of the
finding of the Review. If the citation is dismissed, you may consider the
matter resolved. If the citation is upheld, you may either pay the fine or
move on to the next step.
The second step is the Administrative Hearing, which is conducted by a civil hearing officer. You
will be required to post the penalty amount of your citation prior to being scheduled for the hearing. You will be given the choice of having the
hearing in person before the hearing officer or by submitting a written declaration to the hearing officer. In either event, you will be notified
of the finding. If you are found not liable, your penalty funds will be refunded to you. If the citation is upheld, you may either pay the fine or
move to the final step.
The third and final step in the process is an appeal to the Civil Division of the Superior Court. The
appeal must be filed within 30 days after the order of judgment from the Administrative Hearing. You, as the appellant, are responsible for paying
any necessary filing fees for the appeal hearing. If you prevail, any filing fees, along with the penalty amount previously posted will be
refunded to you. If the citation is upheld, all fees and the parking penalty will be forfeited.
A parking citation may be dismissed if it is determined, after review, it was either factually incorrect or
issued in error. The following reasons DO NOT warrant dismissal of a parking citation:
Please note any documentation submitted will not be returned to you nor will copies be provided for you. Please retain a copy for your own records.
- I was only gone for a minute
- I did not know that I could not park there
- I think the fine is too high
- I did not see the sign or curb marking
- I cannot afford to pay the fine
- I have never had a ticket before, or I have a perfect driving record
- I will never do it again
- My car was the only one cited
- I did not know it was against the law
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Frequently Asked Questions - Parking Citations
What happens when I send my parking citation in for an Administrative Review?
The Traffic Services Coordinator, who is a lieutenant with the Sheriff’s Department, will review your
statement and will obtain a statement from the officer who wrote the
citation, if necessary. In making a decision, both statements are
considered, as is proof submitted by either party, such as photographs.
The lieutenant assigned to conduct these reviews is well versed in both
traffic and the Vehicle Code.
Why was I issued a citation for handicap parking when I have a valid disabled placard?
The requirements for disabled parking zones as specified in the Vehicle Code are very stringent. The
placard must be displayed on the rear view mirror. There are no exceptions for parking in a disabled zone without a valid placard.
Parking in crosshatched areas adjacent to disabled zones is strictly prohibited even if you have a placard.
I had a sign advertising my car for sale and received a citation. Why?
San Diego County Code 72.123 prohibits signs larger than 8 ½” x 11”. Signs must be placed only in
side windows and not in the front or back. If your vehicle is parked on private property, you must have written consent from the owner of the
property to leave your vehicle parked for sale.
No one told me I could not park my car out on the street for long periods.
San Diego County Code 72.122 prohibits parking a vehicle in excess of 72 hours on the street. The
purpose behind this section is to insure public streets do not become
storage lots for vehicles. Your car must be moved every 72 hours.
I am a County employee and I received a parking citation while parked in two-hour public
parking at the County Administrative Center.
There is limited public parking at the County Administration Center (CAC).
To insure persons with business at the CAC have available parking, the
maximum parking time is restricted to two hours. If you are a County
employee with a valid parking sticker, you are required to park in employee
I did not realize I parked in a bus zone. The curb was not red.
Vehicle Code Section 22500(i) specifies a bus zone is identified by a red curb OR a posted sign.
I am trying to get my car registered, but in the meantime, I received a citation for not having
current tabs. What can I do to keep from getting more citations?
After explaining your situation, you can ask the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue you a Temporary
Operating Permit. (SEE PROOF OF CORRECTION)
I received parking citations which states proof of correction is required. What does
You must have your parking citation signed on the reverse side indicating the violation was corrected.
Any police officer, deputy sheriff or California Highway Patrol officer can sign it. In Sheriff’s
jurisdiction, you can go to any of the Sheriff’s Stations, substations or offices. In compliance with Government Code
Section 26746.1, there is a $20 fee for this service. Once a signature has been obtained reflecting proof of correction was made, the
penalty shall be reduced to ten dollars ($10). The citation along with a check for ten dollars should be mailed to San Diego County Sheriff’s
Department-Traffic Division, P.O. Box 939062, San Diego, Ca 92193-9062.
For questions not covered above, you may telephone 858-974-2099 or e-mail Lt. Chris Steffen at