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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

Drop Box:  There is a drop box located in the lobby of the entrance to the Multnomah County Central Courthouse, here payments and documents can be dropped off for parking cases.  The drop box is checked daily and documents received by 5 pm on business days are stamped as received that day, documents received later than 5 pm will be stamped received the following business day.

 

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 by appearing at the Parking Citation Office, or in the Parking Drop box located in the lobby of the entrance to 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 will double after 30 days if not paid in full (SLR 17.035) . If you do not submit 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, submit a check or money order for the full bail amount on the citation, and include a separate written explanation. You should include any documents you would like the judge to see. This must be received 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. The court will consider your explanation and either refund or forfeit all or part your bail. Your explanation will not be considered without payment for the full bail amount.

Please note: Due to continued budget cuts it can take anywhere from 6 to 12 months to process your explanation. You will only receive notice if there is a refund or a balance owing. You can track the progress of your case by doing an Online Records Search.

Plead not guilty

If you do not feel you are guilty of the violation you are being charged with, the judge requires a court hearing to hear from both you and the issuing officer. To request a hearing you must post the full bail amount, and submit a separate written request for a hearing. Submit the request by mail, to the address listed above, OR by appearing at the Multnomah County Circuit Court within 30 days from the date your citation was issued. Once your request is received by the court your trial will be scheduled and a trial notice will be sent. This notice will have the date, time and courtroom of your trial. **If you do not receive this notice within 45 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.

Fine Reduction Request

If you received a citation for one of the qualifying violations listed below and you have a meter receipt that was valid at the time and location the citation was issued, you can submit a Request for Fine Reduction on Parking Citation Form. You must include the reduced fine amount listed on the form. The completed form and reduced fine must be received within 30 days of the date of the citation. (SLR 17.015(1)(b)) The violations qualifying for the Fine Reduction Request Form are:

  • 16.20.445 Improper Display Parking Meter Receipt
  • 16.20.430(A) No Meter Receipt
  • 16.35.130 Upper NW No Meter Receipt
  • 16.35.130(D) Upper NW Short-term Meter No Meter Receipt

Submitting this form is a waiver of the right to a court hearing.

If you are unable to provide the required documents you can still choose one of the options listed above to contest the citation.

Doubling of Parking Fine and/or Default Judgment

Fines will double after 30 days if not paid in full (SLR 17.035). If you do not submit 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.

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

  • Full bail amount (SLR 17.015(1)(c)). The fine amount on the citation will double after 30 days if not paid (SLR 17.035); AND
  • Copy of the citation; AND
    • Printed photos of both front and rear plate, with current registration stickers properly displayed on the plates (no temporary trip permits). Cell phone pictures are not accepted; AND · Proof of updated registration or ‘Notice of Transaction’ from the Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division (DMV).
  • You may also submit a letter of explanation.

You can mail the above documents. Include payment and send to the address listed above. You can also appear with the documents and payment at the Multnomah County Circuit Court. Faxes are not accepted.  All documents or requests must include full payment, and must be received by the court within 30 days of the citation issue date.

If you cannot provide the above documents, you can still Contest your Citation. For questions regarding your registration, contact your local Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division (DMV) office or visit their website for vehicle registration information.

​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.

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 3 – 6 months. You can check the status of your case(s) by doing an Online Records Search.

All documents must be received 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 doesn’t 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 Contest your Citation​.

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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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 at the time of the citation, you MUST submit:

  • Copy of the citation; AND
  • Copy of paid parking receipt IF parked at a disabled space within a timed zone requiring payment; AND
  • Copy of the disabled placard (FRONT AND BACK) that was valid at the time the citation was issued; AND
  • Copy of the permit holder’s state issued ID (FRONT AND BACK); AND
  • Signed letter of explanation from the permit holder.
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If you are unable to provide the above documents, you can still Contest your Citation​. All documents must be received 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 doesn’t 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), you must post bail with your letter. These spaces are reserved for people who have these special permits. Please see Oregon DMV Disabled Person Parking Permits (Types of Permits) and/or Disabled Parking in Portland for more information.

 

Disabled parking plaquards 
 
If you were cited for either parking within or blocking a handicap access aisle, you must post bail with your letter. Your disabled permit does not allow you to restrict access to this space
 
More information can be found on the Oregon DMV Disabled Person Parking Permits page.

​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, you will need to follow the procedures on Contesting a 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.

All documents or requests must be received within 30 days of the date of the citation; and must include payment in full. If you have questions about permits or how to obtain a permit, contact the City of Portland, Bureau of Transportation​.

​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.

Documents can be faxed to the P​arking Citation Office at 503.276-0994. *Note: the court doesn’t 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 Contest your Citation​ for information on requesting a hearing.

All documents or requests must be received within 30 days of the date of the citation. If you are unable to provide the above documents, you can still Contest your Citation​.​

​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 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 Circuit Court; 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​.

​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.​

 

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