Dispute NYC Parking Tickets For Free

After a busy day at work, you walk over to your car and find a parking ticket stuffed underneath your windshield wipers. The street signs say that your vehicle was parked at the right time. Your car wasn’t blocking any driveways either. As you pick up the ticket, its violation reads: “parked off grades.” 

Parking tickets are one of the biggest nightmares in any city. New York City has some of the most complicated parking in the whole country. You can quickly lose sight of the smallest details that parking police officers pay their undivided attention to.  But there is a great chance you can fight and win your parking ticket. Simply disputing the ticket can lower the fine, even if you’re guilty.

Dispute your New York City parking tickets in about 120 seconds

DoNotPay helps people beat parking tickets in seconds using AI. The Guardian reports that DoNotPay’s process for appealing parking fines quickly helps people fight parking tickets without paying expensive lawyers’ fees. According to Gizmodo, DoNotPay has an impressive success rate, and DoNotPay’s app helped overturn $4 million in parking tickets. 


Here are some simple steps to help you appeal your parking ticket:

  1. Download the DoNotPay app free for iPhone or dispute your New York City parking ticket directly from your web browser.
  2. Answer a few questions regarding your ticket, including what type of citation you received and in which state you received it in.
  3. Snap a photo of your ticket and send it in the app. 
  4. DoNotPay will generate the exact template you need to dispute and beat your ticket.

Watch and learn how to dispute a parking ticket in two minutes:

Is fighting a parking ticket in New York City worth the hassle? Can I win?

Yes! Disputing parking infraction is worth the hassle because even the smallest error on behalf of a parking officer can result in a successful dispute! Even if you’re guilty, New York City will lower fines if you dispute your ticket.

A parking ticket becomes defective when one or more of the required elements are missing or poorly described. The citation becomes defective and can be disputed successfully if:

  1. The ticket is illegible
  2. The color of the car is incorrectly stated or not specified on the ticket
  3. The plate number is incorrect
  4. The plate type is not right
  5. The type of vehicle is incorrect or not listed at all (for example, if you drive a coupe and your ticket says the car is a hatchback – that’s grounds for a dispute)
  6. The car manufacturer is not correct or not listed at all
  7. The model year of the car is incorrect
  8. Ticket does not specify where exactly you were parked (the devil is in the details here – pay attention to the language such as “in front of”, “opposite” of a specific building, and similar)
  9. The time and day of the infraction are incorrect
  10. The county is incorrect or not listed
  11. The state of registration is not listed or is not correct

Using DoNotPay eliminates the hassle of extensive research in appealing your parking ticket, by using AI-powered chatbots that can give you legal advice in seconds after downloading the easy-to-use app. DoNotPay can offer more suggestions to help you with your parking ticket appeal.

Some of them are:

  • Someone else was driving
  • The parking signs were not visible or were blocked by something, or even illegible 
  • Lack of clarity of restrictions
  • Missing or incorrect details on the ticket
  • Conflicting regulations in the spot where you were parked
  • Poorly signed parking

Even if none of these reasons are true, many states will reduce your fine even if you are guilty when you dispute it. Using DoNotPay is worth the 120 seconds to get your fine reduced. 

Will DoNotPay help me fight me beat private parking companies?

 Yes, DoNotPay will not only help you fight parking tickets you receive from the government but also tickets from any private parking company:


SP+, aka Standard Parking  SP+ is one of the three largest parking operators located in the United States. 
Laz Parking Known as one of the most aggressive parking companies that is continuing to grow.
Imperial Parking, aka Impark A company that operates in both the United States and Canada. 
Lanier Parking Based in Atlanta, GA, but has over 400 locations nationwide. 
Towne Park A valet company that is extending out into parking management.
Ace Parking  Based in San Diego, CA, but is pushing for more locations eastward.
Douglas Parking  Based in Oakland, CA, and has strategic growth that parallels the growth of their clients. They are heavy on relationships and transparency.
ABM Parking Services Formerly Ampco parking, They were once a major player and have shrunk considerably the past 5–10 years, but still have a decent footprint across the US compared to most.


How much time does DoNotPay save?

As a true New Yorker, you don’t give up, and you fight those parking tickets until you get them all disputed. Luckily, in New York City, you can request a hearing within 30 days of receiving your parking ticket.

After DoNotPay generates the dispute letter you need to dispute and win (or lower your fine if guilty), there are three ways to submit:

  1. Online hearing
  2. In-person hearing
  3. Mail hearing

Online hearing, as the name states, happens online. It’s a fast and easy way to dispute a ticket without having to get out of the house and fight traffic. You may be asked to send additional evidence of your innocence, such as an adjournment. However, sending all possible evidence you can gather can immensely help your case. Things such as maps that show the exact location of your car when you got the ticket, photos or videos of the “crime scene,” witness statements, and any other documentation help.

In-person hearing happens in person, and you can request it by going to the Department of Finance Business Center. Make sure to come early, as hearings are done on a first-come, first-served basis. Don’t forget to bring:

  • Your driver’s license
  • Your vehicle registration
  • Your evidence

Mail hearing is another way of disputing a parking citation, and you can request it via mail. If you’re still longing for times past when snail mail was at its peak, make sure to be quick and mail everything early so the Department of Finance can receive your hearing request in time. You need to gather your ticket, copies of any evidence you have, and your statement where you will explain why you were wrongfully charged. Put everything in an orange envelope in which the ticket came, and mail it to

NYC Department of Finance Hearings by Mail Unit

P.O. Box 29021

Brooklyn, NY 11202-9021

You can expect a response in about ten days.

DoNotPay can help with all three types of dispute hearing. Download the app and fight your parking tickets in minutes.

What happens If I don’t pay my infraction?

The good news is that there is no possibility of going to jail when it comes to an unpaid parking ticket. In the city of New York, not paying a ticket for more than 90 days can add $60 to your ticket. After 100 days, you’ll start accruing interest for every year your parking ticket isn’t paid. 

Since the police likely have your license plate on file, your car can possibly be towed or “booted” if you have unpaid tickets. The state of New York has even been known to tow vehicles with many outstanding tickets. An unpaid parking ticket could also result in your case going to a collection agency.

Download DoNotPay’s iPhone app or appeal your ticket directly from your web browser now so you don’t have to pay your fine. It takes seconds to download and appeal!

Do I need a lawyer?

Americans are famous for lawyering up and fighting the man whenever possible. However, do you really need a lawyer to fight your parking ticket in New York City? Let’s explore the options.

Choosing a lawyer is not necessary to beat your parking ticket, and is a daunting task that can be needlessly expensive and interfere with your other obligations.

It’s really not necessary, but if you wanted to use a lawyer, here is what you need to do:

  1. Do your research
  2. Beware of the scammers
  3. Check your lawyer’s resume
  4. Consider your costs

Do your research

Finding the right lawyer for you can be a difficult task, but going with the first option you come across is a recipe for disaster. Take some time and do some proper research, whether online or offline. While researching, pay attention to the lawyer’s credentials, customer reviews on Google or Yelp, and try to find references to fighting parking tickets.

Beware of the scammers

Scammers and fraudsters are all around us, especially in big cities such as New York. Keep your eyes open and pay attention to any red flags, such as 100% guarantees that your parking ticket will be overturned (no one can guarantee anything), or the lack of a physical address of the law firm. Crooked lawyers can often alter the evidence, come unprepared, or take on more clients than they can handle and not dedicate their time to you.

Check your lawyer’s resume

Hiring an inexperienced lawyer can do more harm than good, even though they are generally cheaper than experienced ones. Make sure to check your lawyer’s resume and see where they went to school, how many years of experience they have, and if they deal with parking tickets. Check their success rate and client reviews.

Consider your costs

Finally, the big question is: how much will all this cost? If you’re not well off enough to hire your own Denny Crane or Harvey Specter, you may have to settle for a Saul Goodman. Naturally, this all comes with a cost. A more expensive lawyer is more likely to get your ticket overturned, but cost you an arm and a leg in the process. A cheaper lawyer may not break the bank, but their success rate may be quite low. When it comes to lawyers, you get what you pay for.

How much does a parking ticket lawyer in NYC cost?

Most lawyers will charge around $500 per ticket case. A low-budget lawyer may ask for half of that amount, but an experienced lawyer with a high success rate can charge almost double for a single ticket case!

 Can I get my parking infraction reduced?

According to the New York Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Department of Finance in New York offers settlements to drivers who dispute their parking tickets in person, online, or by mail within 30 days of receiving the citation. To get this discount, you must dispute the ticket and plead not guilty. 

However, price reduction depends on the severity of the situation. You will not get your ticket price cost reduced if your car was blocking an intersection. Some vehicles, such as cars with commercial plates and tow trucks, may not qualify for a discount. If you accept the discount, you waive the right to appeal your ticket in the future. 

If you can get your ticket reduced, a ticket received in a No Parking zone can go from $65 to $43, and a parking ticket from an expired meter goes from $65 to $43 as well.

If you do not pay your parking ticket fee within 30 days of receiving the ticket, a $10 penalty is added to the fine. 

Do tickets go on my record?

Parking tickets will not appear on your driving record. However, accumulated parking tickets and unpaid fines could be reported to the DMV, which can lead to serious consequences. For example, if you do not pay your parking tickets, the DMV can suspend your driver’s license or reject the renewal of your car’s registration. 

What if I got a citation but it blew off my car or someone took it?

The registered owner of the car would be mailed at least two notices before the due date of the parking ticket. If the address of the owner is not accurate, or the owner of the car moved without changing his or her address, the parking ticket will be turned over to a collection agency. If the collection agency cannot find the owner of the vehicle, they will make a report to the major credit agencies which will damage credit, and can prevent the owner from taking out a loan or signing a new lease. 

You can find more advice about this issue here.

Can my insurance go up?

Insurance companies like Geico cannot see if you have received any parking tickets, so there is no direct connection between parking tickets and car insurance rates. However, you still may have to pay a cost. According to idrivesafely.com, some insurance companies may refuse the renewal of your license due to unpaid tickets.

Other consequences of not paying off your parking tickets include:

  • Suspension of car registration and preventing renewal, which can lead to more tickets
  • Hold or suspension of your driver’s license
  • Damage to credit rating, according to QuoteWizard
  • Money that you owe for your tickets can be taken directly out of your next tax refund

Do I need to pay NYC parking tickets if i’m from another state?

The short answer is yes. In any of the 50 states, you must obey parking laws. If you receive a ticket while driving out of state, you will need to pay off the parking ticket fee using that state’s website, or legal offices. If you want to appeal the ticket in court, you will need to attend court in the state that you received your ticket. It may be more difficult to contest a ticket received out-of-state as well, so keep that in mind.

To make appealing a parking ticket from out-of-state an easier process, you can use DoNotPay’s app to receive free legal advice on how to approach your ticket. DoNotPay removes any roadblocks that make appealing your parking ticket complicated or not worth the effort in seconds. 

Can I get out of a ticket if I was sitting behind the wheel of the car?

You can get a parking ticket whether you’re sitting in or next to your car. Being in your vehicle isn’t relevant to the legality of parking. That being said, not many people experience getting parking tickets while they’re in a car. However, you should be conscious of where you park your car while you answer a quick phone call or text on the way to your destination.

Read more about this issue in this Quora conversation.

Do I have to pay tickets I get in a rental car?

Yes. Once you get a parking ticket, the ticket will make its way to the rental car company, which will then charge you the same amount of the ticket when it was issued. 

According to Hertz’s rental agreement, parking fines that you may incur during the rental is paid by yourself and they will result in the fine being charged from Hertz from the given means of payments from you. An additional administrative feel will be charged. Administrative fees vary but are usually between $30 and $45. If you do not pay your rental car’s parking ticket fee by its due date, the rental company will be notified and charge you an additional administrative charge that can be up to $100.

How much does NYC make from parking tickets?

The average parking ticket in New York City costs between $45 and $125. 

Though this may seem like an insignificant amount by receiving only one parking ticket, the city of New York itself makes a lot more per capita.

According to Matador Network, New York City makes more than $500 million from parking infractions.

How to pay an NYC parking ticket

Paying the parking ticket is supposed to be the easier option than disputing, but in New York, that is rarely the case. The process is quite bothersome and too many steps are involved, so whenever possible, try to dispute your citation before paying it. If you don’t manage to succeed with your parking ticket dispute, there are three main methods of payment in New York City:

  1. Online
  2. By mail
  3. In person

Paying online

If you’re not fond of standing in lines (and who is, really?), you can pay your parking ticket online! Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Go to NYC311 website
  2. Click on “Make a Payment” button
  3. Scroll down and click Parking Ticket or Camera Violation Payment
  4. Go to CityPay website
  5. Search for a violation using the ticket or the NOL number or your license plate number
  6. Choose the payment method
  7. Enter all required information (your billing address must match the address of your credit or debit card.
  8. Review before submitting
  9. Submit
  10. Receive the confirmation email

Payment methods you can use are:

  • Debit cards
  • Credit cards
  • Prepaid cards
  • Gift cards
  • Electronic check

You will be charged a 2% service fee for using cards, but not for the electronic check. You will receive a confirmation email and a payment receipt screen that you can print and keep for your records. If the payment doesn’t go through, you’ll be notified.

All payments are processed at midnight, and the system may take 2-4 days to record the payment. If you pay online, you cannot cancel, change, or delay the payment.

Paying by mail

All parking tickets can also be paid for the old-fashioned way – via mail. You can pay by money order or check in US dollars. Cash and foreign currencies are not accepted! Make sure to mail your payment as soon as you can, as up to two weeks can pass before the payment is processed. Mail your parking ticket payments to:

NYC Department of Finance

Church Street Station

P.O. Box 3640

New York, NY 10008-3640

Here’s the breakdown:

  1. Write a money order or a check for the amount to the NYC Department of Finance
  2. Write the NOL number, the state of vehicle registration, and the license plate number on the front of the check or money order
  3. Mail the payment in the orange envelope in which you received the ticket

Pay in person

You can pay your parking ticket in person in the Department of Finance Business Center. These centers are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. You don’t need an appointment, but do come early, because everything is done on a first-come, first-served basis. Find the location nearest to you. You can pay in:

  • Cash
  • Check
  • Money order
  • Credit or debit card
  • Prepaid card or gift card

Other payment options

Apart from the three major ones, you can also pay your ticket using alternative ways such as:

  • At 7-Eleven or CVS
  • Using a mobile app
  • Via payment plan
  • External payment systems

Pros and Cons

Method Pros Cons
Online Fast and easy Can take a few days. Must have internet access
Mail No need to wait in line Must send early. Slow.
In person Resolved on the same day Traffic, standing in line, parking and missed work


What else can DoNotPay do?

DoNotPay can also help you:


  • Beat speeding tickets and traffic tickets
  • Sue companies and sue people
  • Contact customer service on your behalf and connect you after reaching a real human being
  • Get you an appointment with the DMV faster


Using DoNotPay’s free services can help you save money, time, and the worry of fighting your legal battles. According to The Verge, DoNotPay “highlights a big problem with the justice system, which is that it doesn’t matter how much protection the law gives you if you’re not aware of it.”

To Summarize:

New York City parking tickets are easy to beat. Using DoNotPay you can save money from appealed parking tickets. 
You can beat your parking ticket in 30 seconds using DoNotPay.  DoNotPay’s user-friendly app allows you to work the ins and outs of your parking ticket appeal quickly.
DoNotPay helps fight parking tickets from private parking companies.  This includes private parking companies nationwide.
There are consequences if you do not pay off your parking ticket.  Not only will the cost of your ticket will go up, but you can also lose your car.
Your unpaid parking tickets won’t affect your driving record.  But they can be reported to the DMV with serious consequences that can prevent you from driving.
Fighting your parking ticket in court can be substantial. But you should acknowledge multiple aspects from your case and have evidence to prove it.
You do need to pay parking tickets, even if you received them in another state.  Keep in mind that appealing an out-of-state parking ticket is harder than in your state of residence. 
There are ways to avoid getting a parking ticket in New York City.  Remembering these ways will help in the chaos of parking in the city. 
You can get a ticket in a rental car.  Rental companies will add an additional fee to your parking ticket as well.
New York makes a lot of money from parking tickets. In fact, the city makes over half a billion dollars from them.
Disputing a parking ticket is worth the hassle.  As long as you know what valuable reasons to use, and use DoNotPay to help you understand how you can appeal your ticket.
You don’t have to pay for your parking ticket in New York City. If you use DoNotPay’s free services, you can find out how to not pay for your parking ticket fees. But if you can’t, it’s easy to pay off your ticket.
You can get the fees of your parking ticket reduced.  Tickets can be reduced by going to the Department of Finances in New York and pleading not guilty. 
If someone takes your parking ticket off your car, you still have to pay its fees. You’ll be additionally notified about your ticket through the mail.
Your insurance will not go up if you receive a parking ticket. However, your insurance company may refuse the renewal of your coverage. 
You can receive a parking ticket while you sit behind the wheel of your car.  Remember that you should park legally while answering a phone call or text. 
DoNotPay has many other services you can use. These services include automatically canceling a free trial and fighting corporations.


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