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Parking Citations


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Parking Citations Office Location and Hours 

Mailing Address:

Multnomah County Circuit Court
Parking Citation Office
P.O. Box 78
Portland, OR 97207



​If you received a citation for failure to display current registration (City of Portland, 16.20.120(L)) and want the matter reviewed, you must submit each of the following within 30 days of the citation issue date:

If you do not have each of these items, you may submit a letter of explanation along with any supporting documentation you do have.

You can submit your documents by mail, to the mailing address listed at the top of this page, OR appear in-person at the Multnomah County Central Courthouse. You must provide an updated mailing address for notification of judgment or case outcome. Faxes are not accepted. All documents or requests must be received by the court within 30 days of the citation issue date or your fine amount may double.

For questions regarding your registration, contact your local Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division (DMV) office or visit their website for vehicle registration information.

OJD Courts ePay

The quickest way to pay your citation is by using the courts online payment system. When paying online please:

  • Have your citation # ready.
  • Wait at least two business days from the citation issue date before making an online payment.
  • By using OJD Courts ePay to make a payment, you will be entering a plea of no contest. This means you cannot request a trial or ask that your fine be reduced. If you wish to plead not guilty or guilty with an explanation, do not use OJD Courts ePay. For more information on these options see Contesting a Citation.
  • If your vehicle has been towed or booted (immobilized), you MUST appear in person at the Parking Citation Office to pay and obtain a release for the vehicle. Please see Towed Vehicles for additional information.

Pay by Mail

When paying by mail, send a check or money order (do not send cash) payable to ‘State of Oregon’, include with your payment the citation or case number as well as the license plate number of the cited vehicle. Mail payment to the mailing address listed at the top of this page.

Pay in Person

You can also pay in person in the Customer Service Area on the Second Floor of the Multnomah County Central Courthouse.​

Other Options

If you wish to plead not guilty or guilty with an explanation see Contesting a Citation for more information on how to pay.

Doubling of Parking Fine and/or Default Judgment

Fines may double after 30 days if not paid in full. If you do not make a full payment the court may issue an order to tow the vehicle, enter a judgment against you, and impose a fine. This fine could be up to the maximum amount allowed by law, and sent to collections with additional fees. If you respond after 30 days, see Failure to Appear​ 

Plead guilty with an explanation

To plead guilty with an explanation, complete and submit the Response to Parking Citation Form – and check either response B, C or D. You should include any documents you would like the judge to review with your response form. The court must receive the form and supporting documentation within 30 days from the issue date of the citation. Your explanation is a waiver of your right to a court hearing and consent to any judgment entered. Explanations written on your payment, citation, or on the envelope will not be accepted. Additionally, you must provide an updated mailing address for notification of judgment or case outcome.

Please note: Due to continued budget cuts it can take anywhere from 6 to 12 months to process your explanation. You can track the progress of your case by doing an Online Records Search.

 

OR

Plead not guilty

If you do not feel you are guilty of the violation you are charged with, you must plead not guilty and request a court hearing, so the judge may hear from both you and the issuing officer. To request a hearing, complete the Response to Parking Citation Form and check response E. You can submit the form by mail, to the mailing address listed at the top of this page, OR by appearing at the Multnomah County Circuit Court within 30 days from the date your citation was issued. You must provide an updated mailing address with your request, as the court will notify you of your trial by mail. Once the court has received your request, we will schedule your trial, and mail a trial notice to the address we have on file. This notice will have the date, time, and location of your trial.

**If you do not receive your trial notice within 60 days of requesting the trial, contact the court to check the status of your request. If you are unable to appear for a trial but still want to plead not guilty, you have the option of a Trial by Declaration; this is a sworn statement you present on your behalf.**

 

OR

Response to Parking Citation Form

Use the Response to Parking Citation Form when contesting a citation or resolving a citation by mail. Outlined below are the responses listed on the form for paying in full or contesting a citation.

You want to resolve your ticket and pay the full amount of the fine. Choose response A on the form.

In the following scenarios, you may be eligible for a fine reduction:
  • You are sending in proof that you paid for your parking at the time of the citation. For example, the receipt fell off the window. Choose response B on the form.
  • You are sending in documentation which shows you were in compliance at the time the citation was issued. For example, you were in possession of updated registration tags, valid permit, etc., but didn’t have them/it displayed properly at the time of citation. Choose response C on the form.
  • You were cited for an offense that you have since fixed. You must enclose proof. For example, my license plate was not properly mounted, or my permit or registration tags had expired, etc. Choose response D on the form.
Common situations not eligible for fine reductions:
  • You did not realize you were parking in a zone that required payment.
  • You were only parked unlawfully for a few minutes and did not pay at all.
  • You did not pay for enough time and were late getting back to your car.
  • Citations weren’t given to any other cars parked in the same area.

If none of the above responses fit your situation, and/or you feel the fine should be waived in full, you will need a court date. Choose response E on the form.

 

Please note:

Doubling of Parking Fine and/or Default Judgment

Fines may double after 30 days if not paid in full. If you do not make a full payment, the court may issue an order to tow the vehicle, enter a judgment against you, and impose a fine. This fine could be up to the maximum amount allowed by law and sent to collections with additional fees. If you are responding after 30 days, see Failure to Appear.
​If you received a parking citation for a vehicle that was stolen, you MUST submit:
  • Copy of the citation (if available); AND
  • Copy of the police report when you reported the vehicle stolen. You can obtain a copy from the agency you reported the matter to.
    • "Reported date" must be prior to or within 24 hours of citation issue date.
    • Report must include the license plate or vehicle identification number.

THE JUDGE WILL ONLY ACCEPT LETTERS WITH THE ABOVE INFORMATION.

You can fax your documents to the Parking Citation Office at 503.276-0994. *Note: the court does not respond to faxes*. It is the responsibility of the sender to follow up with the Parking Citation Office; they will need to make sure documents have been received, are clear, and complete. Faxed documents should include a current mailing address, so the court can contact you if more information is required.

Send the above documents OR see Contesting a Parking Citation​ for information on requesting a hearing.

The court must receive all documents or requests within 30 days of the date of the citation. If you are unable to provide the documents listed above, you can still contest the citation by using the Response to Parking Citation Form to submit your explanation and documents to a judge for a possible reduction of the fine amount or to request a trial.

​If you received notice of a citation for a vehicle that was sold, repossessed, or transferred to another person before the citation issue date and would like the matter reviewed, you MUST submit copy of the notice received and one of the following:

  • Copy of the Bill of Sale MUST:
    • reference the vehicle by license plate or Vehicle Identification Number, AND
    • include the date of sale, AND
    • have both the buyer’s and seller’s signatures;
  • Copy of the Vehicle Certificate of Title MUST:
    • Include both front and back of document, AND
    • include the date of sale, AND
    • have the buyer’s signature;
  • Copy of document from charity that took possession of vehicle MUST:
    • Be on company letterhead; AND
    • Reference the vehicle by license plate or VIN, AND
    • Include the date the vehicle was picked up/received by charity; AND
    • Have the signature of an authorized representative of the company;
  • Letter from insurance company MUST:
    • Be on company letterhead; AND
    • Describe the vehicle, including the license plate or VIN; AND
    • Include date of cancellation; AND
    • Also state that the reason insurance was cancelled was due to the sale/transfer of ownership of the vehicle;
  • Copy of Divorce Decree, ONLY if finalized before citation(s) issued – only pages required are:
    • Caption page of Final Order of Judgment, AND
    • Page that clearly identifies the vehicle, and which party it is awarded to, AND
    • Page that is signed and dated by the Judge prior to the citation issue date;
  • Proof of Repossession MUST:
    • Reference the vehicle by license plate or VIN, AND
    • State the date that it was surrendered, AND
    • Have the signature of an authorized representative of the company that took possession of the vehicle.

All documents MUST include vehicle license plate or VIN, and also state the date the vehicle was sold or transferred.

THE JUDGE WILL ONLY ACCEPT LETTERS WITH THE ABOVE INFORMATION TO REVIEW FOR DISMISSAL

If the court needs more information a letter will be mailed to you. Make sure the court has your current mailing address. Average process time is at least 6 – 8 months. You can check the status of your case(s) by doing an Online Records Search.

The court must receive all documents within 30 days of the date of the notice. You may fax these documents to the Parking Citation Office at 503.276.0994. *Note: the court does not respond to faxes*. It is the responsibility of the sender to follow up with the Parking Citation Office; they will need to make sure documents have been received, are clear and complete. Faxed documents should include a current mailing address, so the court can contact you if more information is required.

If you cannot provide the above documents, you can still use the Response to Parking Citation Form to submit your explanation and documents to a judge for a possible reduction of the fine amount or to request a trial.

In 1997 Oregon passed a law which requires the registered owner of a vehicle to notify the Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services (DMV) of the sale or transfer within 10 days. If you have not notified the DMV of the sale of your vehicle, you need to contact the DMV ASAP. Advise them of the sale and ask that they note the vehicle record. The Online Notice of Vehicle Sale/Transfer Form and more information can be found on the Selling, Donating or Gifting a Vehicle page.

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​The Portland Bureau of Transportation issues various types of parking permits, including:

  • Zoned Area Parking Permits
  • Truck Loading Zone Permits
  • Carpool Zone Parking Permits
  • Disabled Parking Permits
  • Reserved Zone Parking Permits

If you were cited for not having a permit displayed, but have a permit that would have allowed you to park when the citation was issued, follow the procedures on Contesting a Parking Citation. Be sure to read the citation carefully before writing your explanation. Include copies of any permits involved. If the judge feels the permit is not being used correctly, or that the permit holder is confused, a trial could be ordered.

The court must receive all documents within 30 days of the date of the citation. If you have questions about permits or how to obtain a permit, contact the City of Portland, Bureau of Transportation​.

​If your vehicle was immobilized (booted) or towed because an order to tow was issued for unpaid parking citations, you MUST do the following to get a release for the vehicle:

 

  • Appear in person at the Multnomah County Central Courthouse; AND
  • Be the registered owner; AND
  • Have a valid government issued photo ID; AND
  • Pay, in full, all outstanding citations with cash, a money order, a cashier’s check or credit/debit card in your name.

 

You cannot pay for a vehicle release over the phone or online. To see if you are a registered owner of a vehicle contact Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicles Services​. After you have completed the above, the court will give you a release for the vehicle. If needed, the court will then direct you to the tow yard where the car is impounded. The tow company will also charge towing and storage fees. For more information on towing or booting vehicles see City of Portland 16.30​.

​Failure to Appear

The court may enter a judgment against a person who does not appear on a parking citation, ORS 153.820. An appearance can be made by paying the citation in full, by paying with an explanation or by paying with a request for a hearing. For more information on appearance options see SLR 17.105.

Bail amounts double if an appearance is not made within 30 days of the issue date of the citation. A person who only pays the original bail amount, after the bail has doubled, has not made an appearance as required by court rule, SLR 17.035 and 17.105. Judgments entered under ORS 153.820 are considered failure to appear judgments. The fine imposed on the judgment is the full amount due. The judgment is owed to the State of Oregon. If the full amount due is not paid, the court may issue an order to tow the vehicle, add additional fees and send the balance to collections.

If a failure to appear judgment has been entered, the only way to have the case reviewed is to file a Motion for Relief from Failure to Appear Judgment.

Right to Appeal

If a judge has reviewed your case and the court has entered a judgment on your parking citation, you have the right to appeal. Your appeal would be based on legal errors in the decision, orders and proceedings of the court or the sentence. This is done by filing a Notice of Appeal through the Court of Appeals​. For more information, procedures and forms for filing an appeal see Information on Filing a Notice of Appeal​.

If you were cited for parking in a disabled parking space, and you had a valid state issued Disabled Person Parking Permit at the time of the citation, you MUST submit each of the following:

  • Copy of the citation
  • Copy of paid parking receipt IF parked at a disabled space within a timed zone requiring payment
  • Copy of the disabled placard (FRONT AND BACK) that was valid at the time the citation was issued
  • Copy of the permit holder’s state issued ID (FRONT AND BACK)
  • Signed letter of explanation from the permit holder.
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If you are unable to provide the above documents, you can still use the Response to Parking Citation Form to submit your explanation and documents to a judge for a possible reduction of the fine amount or to request a trial. The court must receive all documents within 30 days of the date of the notice. Documents can be faxed to the Parking Citation Office at 503.276.0994.

*Note: the court does not respond to faxes*. It is the responsibility of the sender to follow up with the Parking Citation Office; they will need to make sure documents have been received, are clear, and complete. Faxed documents should include a current mailing address, so the court can contact you if more information is required.

Please note: If you did not have a disabled placard that was valid at the time of the citation, but have since obtained one, it is still important to send a copy of the placard (FRONT AND BACK), with full payment. The judge may consider this when making a decision.

If you were cited for parking in a space reserved for wheelchair users only, and you do not have a state issued wheelchair user permit (this is different than a regular state issued disabled permit or a wounded warrior permit), you can still use the Response to Parking Citation Form to submit your explanation and documents to a judge for a possible reduction of the fine amount or to request a trial. These spaces are reserved for people who have these special types of permits. Please see Oregon DMV Disabled Person Parking Permits (Types of Permits) and/or Disabled Parking in Portland for more information.

 

Disabled parking plaquards 
 
Please note: your disabled permit does not allow you to restrict access to a handicap access aisle. However, if you were cited for either parking within or blocking this space, you can still use the Response to Parking Citation Form to submit your explanation and documents to a judge for a possible reduction of the fine amount or to request a trial.
 
More information can be found on the Oregon DMV Disabled Person Parking Permits page.

​I lost my citation and do not know my case number, what can I do?

You can use the Online Records Search to find your case number by using these helpful tips​.

I sent in my payment, but I just received a notice. What does this mean?

It can take several days for your payment to be applied to your case, and the notice may have already gone out. Read the notice carefully and make sure the fine did not double before sending payment. Verify the citation number on the notice is the same as the citation number you paid, there may have been an additional citation issued. If you are concerned about your payment being received and you paid by check, the quickest way to confirm payment is to look at your checking account to see if the check has cleared.

I received notice for a parking citation that was issued to a vehicle registered to me; however I was not the driver at the time. What can I do?

Under Oregon Law, ORS 811.555 (1)(b), the registered owner is responsible for parking citations issued to a vehicle whether they were the person who parked the vehicle or not. You can Contest your Parking Citation and explain your situation to the judge.

I paid using Parking Kitty or a Pay by Plate Meter, and was valid at the time I received a citation. Can I find out if there was an issue with the electronic system?

If you received a citation for no meter receipt or overtime parking when you had properly paid through Parking Kitty or a Pay by Plate Meter, you will want to verify that the plate was entered correctly and that the correct zone was used. If so, then you can call the City of Portland helpdesk @ 503.278.5410, they will be able to review the transaction records and advise you if there was an error on their part or if you will need to contest the citation through the court.

I cannot afford to pay my citation by the due date, what options do I have?

For debt that has not been referred out for collections you can set up a payment plan with our Court Collections Department. There is a mandatory fee that will be assessed if it has not already been added to your balance, but the court will work with you to make the plan as manageable as possible.

Where can I learn more about parking in Portland? 

Visit the City of Portland – Bureau of Transportation​ website.​

 

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