Dispute Your UCI Parking Ticket Fast!

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How to Contest Your UCI Parking Ticket

Most University of California, Irvine enforcement officers are trained to administer CPR, use defibrillators, and give first aid to people, making them one of the most valuable enforcement personnel on campus. They are also in charge of administering parking citations when needed.

Luckily, you no longer have to sweat over the financial implications of a citation! This article will go over the ways you can appeal and win.

UCI Parking Schedule

All college members, staff, regents, and visitors at UCI need a pass to get around the campus premises. Here’s some parking offenses listed on the parking department website:

Parking OffensesFine
Parking a broken down vehicle on the road without contacting UCI transport$50
Parking in front of a broken meter$50
Parking in an area unauthorized by your permit$55
Using fake or altered permits$310
Using lost, stolen, or expired permit$510
Overnight parking$70
Parking in a disabled space$510
Abandoning your vehicle on campus$110
Parking without vehicle registration$158

You can find the rest on this site.

Parking Lots at UCI

Keeping in mind there are a lot of offenses, it is also important to know the places you can leave your vehicle. There are six specified parking zones within the Irvine campus for designated parking:

Parking zonesLocation
Zone 1Located along Messa road and is popularly used by Arts students, UCI athletes, and regents.
Zone 2Located around the intersection of West Peltason Drive, Michae Drake drive, and Health science road.
Zone 3Located along East Peltason Drive and close to campus village housing.
Zone 4 Located along the intersection of East Peltason drive and Gabrielino drive.
Zone 5 Located close to Stanford street, before the Social Sciences building.
Zone 6Located close to Campus drive, Pirreira drive, and Bridge road, right in front of Mesa Court Housing.

If you do not plan to commute with your own vehicle, you can also take advantage of Zipcar, Octa buses, and holiday shuttles.

Getting a UCI Parking Permit

You are required to get a parking permit if you wish to continuously park on campus. You have the option of walking to a designated stall within the premises or visiting the school website to purchase your parking permit. Some permits available at the UCI are:

  1. Long-term visitor permits cost $125 per month
  2. Executive permits cost $144 per month
  3. Evening-only permits cost $532 per month
  4. Motorcycle permits cost $42 per month
  5. Faculty and staff permits cost $54 per month

Single-day permits cost anything from $13 to $20 depending on whether they are general or reserved.

I Just Got a UCI Parking Ticket

Not to worry yet - UCI allows you to dispute your citation. You have three weeks from the date the citation was issued to pay or dispute the citation.

Paying for your UCI citation

You should only pay for your citation if you have blatantly broken the law. Here are some methods to pay for your citation:

  • Online: www.parking.uci.edu/citations/citepay/
  • In-person: Visit the transportation office between 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.
  • By mail: UCI Transportation and Distribution Services, 200 Public Services Building, Irvine, CA 92697-4525

Disputing your UCI citation

There is the option to dispute your parking ticket and even file an appeal if you are unsatisfied with the initial judgment. You can visit the official appeal site of the university to file your appeal. The process requires you to provide your license plate number, vehicle identification number, and your ticket citation number. You will also need to state your reason for appealing in approximately 100 words.

If you feel unsatisfied with the outcome of the first appeal, you can apply for a second one. The instructions for a second review will be included in the initial result sent, including the time period you have. The difference between the first and the second appeal is that you stand a chance to meet with a transport representative for a mini-hearing, which typically lasts for 15 minutes and is done on campus.

DoNotPay Can Help Dispute UCI Parking Tickets

Never ignore your citation, the fines could get worse. You can always reach out to the award-winning bot, DoNotPay, to help you contest your citation and increase your chances of winning. Here’s how you can use DoNotPay:

  1. Log-in to and click the Parking Ticket service.
  2. Upload a photo of your citation and provide the citation number.
  3. Choose the reason that best describes what is wrong with the ticket. You can also include your own explanation.
  4. Upload photo evidence if you have any.
  5. Have DoNotPay mail the appeal to UCI’s parking department or send it in yourself.

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