How Long Do You Have to Pay a Parking Ticket?

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How Long Do You Have to Pay a Parking Ticket?

Returning to your vehicle to discover that you've just been ticketed is never fun. It may be that you overlooked a "No Parking" sign or simply failed to move your car before the posted street cleaning time. Small mistakes like these often wind up costing drivers hundreds of dollars. Worse still, these charges can increase at breathtaking rates if left uncontested and unpaid for any significant period of time. But how long do you have to pay for a parking ticket? In most places, drivers are given just 15 days to remit payment or show up in court.

Court appearances to contest parking tickets must be made during normal business hours. This means that if you have a job, you'll have to take time off to submit your appeal. You'll also have to present your case in a manner that convinces the judge and makes the effort worthwhile. All things told, dealing with parking tickets can be a real hassle. The good news is that it doesn't have to be. DoNotPay makes contesting parking tickets a cinch.

Whether you want to dispute NYC parking tickets or dispute a ticket that you received in California, you can count on the world's first robot lawyer to help you get a successful outcome. With DoNotPay, you'll have the benefit of legal expertise without the excessively high costs of hiring a personal attorney. 

Do I Have to Hire an Attorney to Contest Parking Tickets?

There's no need to hire an attorney to contest a parking ticket. In fact, if you take care of a parking ticket before 15 days have passed, the relatively nominal fees that you'll pay aren't likely to justify a quality lawyer's cost. Notwithstanding this, it still helps to know what you're up against and how to contest your ticket successfully. Most judges won't cut you a break for being too busy, too tired, or in too much of a rush to read the posted signage. The most important and often the most challenging part of successfully contesting a parking ticket is having a valid reason and clearly presenting it. Fortunately, this is an area in which DoNotPay excels.

Valid Reasons for Contesting a Parking Ticket

When contesting a parking ticket, you want to prove one of several things:

  1. You weren't parked illegally.
  2. The street signs in the area are faded or otherwise difficult to read.
  3. The ticket you received is factually incorrect.
  4. The ticket you received is missing important details.
  5. The ticket you received is illegible.

If you recently purchased or sold a vehicle, you may be able to contest a parking ticket by proving that you weren't the vehicle's owner when the ticket was issued.

Steps for Contesting a Parking Ticket

Every location has its own unique rules and requirements for paying and disputing tickets.

  • The best way to determine the right steps for contesting a ticket in any area is by flipping the ticket over and reading the information on the reverse.
  • If there isn't any information on how to pay or contest a ticket on its backside, look for a phone number, web address, or other contact information.
  • Keep in mind that you'll likely have just 15 days or less to pay the fine or start your dispute. As such, you definitely don't want to let this task slip your mind.

Can a Parking Ticket Make My Insurance Go Up?

Parking tickets are non-moving violations. As such, they don't have a direct impact on insurance premiums. However, if you don't pay your parking ticket, this unpaid debt could have an impact on your credit score. When you purchase insurance, the rates that you're quoted are based in part on your credit rating. Thus, the more unpaid tickets you have and the more related debt you accumulate, the higher your premiums are likely to be.

Can I Get a Ticket While I’m in the Car?

It isn't typical to be ticketed while sitting behind the wheel of your vehicle. Most officers will give drivers a verbal warning and tell them to move instead. However, it is perfectly legal for an officer to issue you a ticket even though you're still in your auto. Whether you're standing by your car, perched in its front seat, or off running errands, none of these things are relevant when it comes to the legality of where and how you've parked.

What Happens if I Don’t Pay My Parking Ticket?

Paying a parking ticket or taking the time to contest it is always preferable to doing absolutely nothing at all. Unpaid parking tickets can cause a multitude of problems, especially if you have more than one. The following are just several penalties that you might face if you've got unpaid parking tickets:

  1. Your vehicle could be impounded and auctioned.
  2. Local authorities could put a "boot" or wheel lock on your vehicle.
  3. Your debt may be passed on to a collection agency.
  4. Your credit score could suffer.
  5. You could wind up paying several times the original ticket amount in civil penalties.

Contest a Parking Ticket in Less Than Two Minutes

Don't stuff your unpaid parking ticket in your purse, your desk drawer, or between the pages of a book that you'll probably never open again. Once this ticket is out of sight, it will likely be out of mind. Instead, let DoNotPay deal with the issue while the fees are still manageable. In just two short minutes, you can successfully resolve this small matter before it turns into a far larger one.

In 2016, DoNotPay, an AI-driven robot lawyer, had already beaten 160,000 parking tickets. To date, DoNotPay has successfully handled over 200,000 tickets, and it can handle your ticket too.

Here's how to get started:

  1. Log-in to DoNotPay and find the Parking Tickets product.


  2. Upload a photo of your parking ticket.


  3. Provide us with some details on why you believe the parking ticket is a mistake.


  4. Select whether or not you want the letter mailed to the traffic ticket issuer on your behalf! 
  5. That's it! You'll receive an appeal letter that contains state vehicle codes to boost your case.


It's really that simple! Look out for your traffic ticket issuer's response to discover whether you won!

DoNotPay Can Help You Fight a Parking Ticket in Any City

DoNotPay can help you fight your parking tickets regardless of where you received them. You can use DoNotPay to contest parking tickets in:

SeattleChicagoLos Angeles
San JoseNew OrleansRutgers

What Else Can DoNotPay Help With?

Whether you've got a parking ticket to dispute or urgent bills that you're struggling to pay, DoNotPay has got you covered. As a trusted source of timely legal and financial information and a reliable tool for getting things done, DoNotPay can help you:

To experience the full power and potential of the world's first AI-driven robot lawyer, sign up for DoNotPay today!

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