Throughout New York City, on-street meters and meters at municipal parking facilities dispense receipts that are displayed on the dashboard of the parked car. Meters accept coins (quarters, dollar coins), credit cards and NYC Parking Cards. Find out more about parking rates and rules
Using a Meter
For Pay and Display meters, customers purchase time, take a receipt, and then display it on the cars dashboard.
To report a broken meter, visit 311 Online. If you are parked on a street with a broken meter, please use another meter to obtain your receipt.
How to use Pay and Display Meters
Pay by Coins
Insert quarters or dollar coins to add time automatically
Pay by Cards
Credit cards- Dip and remove
NYC Parking Card- Insert and leave in
2. Add Time
Press the blue button to add time.
Or, press the orange button for maximum time.
3. Print Receipt
Press green button to print receipt.
4. Display Receipt
Place receipt on driver's side dashboard with printed side facing up.
Tips for Paying with Coins
Customers have approximately 40 seconds to deposit coins. If no coins are deposited within this time and the green button is not pushed, the transaction is cancelled and coins are returned.
Like other motorists, motorcyclists using Pay and Display Meters, must display their receipt on their vehicle. To prevent theft or damage to the receipt, DOT recommends using clear plastic holders attached to the motorcycle with a lock or other mechanism. Devices made especially for this purpose can be found in specialty stores.
Tips for Using a Parking Card at a Meter
- Insert NYC Parking Card into the meter
- The display will show the balance on the card.
- Press the blue button to add time. Press the orange button for the maximum duration.
- Press the green button to make the purchase.
Until you press the green button, the transaction can be cancelled at any time by pressing the red button.
Parking Card payments can be combined with coins. This is helpful if a parking card has a very low value remaining. Learn more about paying with both a Parking Card and coins