Fight a Parking Ticket

You can dispute a parking ticket by requesting a hearing within 30 days of the date of the ticket. If you wait more than 30 days, penalties may apply.

If you don't pay a parking ticket or request a hearing to fight it, it will go into judgment by default in about 100 days. Hearings are not granted for tickets that have been in judgment for more than one year.

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Hearing Options


Online

You can dispute a ticket by requesting a hearing online.

After DOF gets your hearing request, the ticket is put on hold and you won't be charged additional penalties or interest. The decision will be sent in about 10 days by email.

Request a hearing online.

Check the status of your hearing.


Mobile App

You can request a hearing on the NYC Parking Ticket Pay or Dispute mobile app.

The app is available for devices with Android and iOS operating systems.

Once your request is submitted, you will get an email confirmation that you should keep for your records. You also have the option to receive a confirmation by text. You will also get an email from the Administrative Law Judge letting you know if a hearing can be held based on the ticket, your testimony, and the evidence you submitted.

After the Department of Finance gets your request for a hearing, your ticket is put on hold and you will not be charged additional penalties or interest. The decision will be sent in about 10 days by email and by mail to the address on file with the DMV for the vehicle's owner.

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In Person

You can have a walk-in hearing at a DOF Business Center. Hearings are held on a first-come, first-served basis, Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. If you have a hearing in person, you will receive the judge's decision at the end of the hearing.

Bring the following with you:

  • Valid driver's license
  • Vehicle registration or title
  • Evidence to support your Not Guilty plea

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Mail

You can fight your parking ticket by requesting a hearing by mail. Make sure you mail your request early enough for the Department of Finance to receive it in 30 days, or you will have to pay late penalties if your dispute is unsuccessful.

Using the envelope provided with your ticket, send the ticket, your explanation, and copies of any evidence to:

NYC Department of Finance Hearings by Mail Unit
P.O. Box 29021
Brooklyn, NY 11202-9021

The decision will be mailed in about 10 days to the address on file with the DMV for the vehicle's owner.

Get more information about hearings by mail.

Check the status of your hearing.



Tickets in Judgment (Older Than 100 Days)


If you don't pay a parking ticket or request a hearing to fight it within about 100 days, it will go into judgment by default. You can still fight the ticket even after a default judgment is entered, as long as it has not been in judgment for more than one year.

To have a hearing for a ticket in judgment, you can:

If your request is granted, the judge will hear your defense. If it isn't granted, you must pay the total fine, penalty, and interest.

 

Appeal Hearing Decision


If you fought a parking ticket and were found guilty, you can request an appeal hearing and try to have the decision changed. You must file an appeal within 30 days of the hearing decision.

Complete and mail the Parking and Camera Violations Appeal Application. Make sure you complete all sections, sign it, and include the required documents, or the form will be returned to you and you will have submit a new request.

While waiting for your appeal decision, you may be charged penalties and interest. Also, booting, towing, and other enforcement actions may be taken. You can avoid this by paying the total amount due, although payment is not required to request an appeal.

Appeals can be conducted by mail or in person at the Manhattan Business Center. If you request an in-person hearing, the Department of Finance will schedule an appointment and notify you by mail of the date and time of the hearing.

Get more information about appeal hearings.