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 and the notice may have gone out prior to payment being applied. Read the notice carefully, make sure the citation did not double before receiving 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 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, here 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.
Why do I have to post bail in order to contest my parking citation?
Per the court’s Supplementary Local Rule 17.015, bail is required as a deposit when contesting a parking citation, the money is held in an escrow account by the court until the judge has reviewed the case and a ruling has been made. Once the judgment has been entered, if a fine is imposed, a portion (or all) of the funds held will be applied to the fine assessed; from this point a refund is generated if applicable. Applying these funds to any fines imposed, in most instances will prevent any further fees from being assessed.
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.