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How the Parking Citation Appeal Process Works

A vehicle will be cited if it is parked illegally or does not properly display a valid UCSD parking permit or current DMV registration. If you get a UCSD parking ticket, you can submit a written appeal within 21 days of the issue date.

The following reasons are not considered valid for appeal:

  • Lack of knowledge regarding parking rules and regulations
  • Lack of nearby parking
  • Financial hardship
  • Failure to see or read signage
  • Parking or stopping for a brief period of time
  • Expired meter, unrelated to mechanical malfunction
  • Expired permit
  • Failure to display permit
  • Failure to file an appeal within the specific time period

Follow these steps to appeal your citation.

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Level 1: Administrative review

All citation appeals must be submitted in writing for adjudicators to review. Keep your citation (ticket) and make a copy of your appeal for your records.

You can obtain a citation appeal form in the following ways:

Include any documentation to support your claim. If submitting online, scan and upload your supporting documents. Documents will not be returned.

You must submit an appeal within 21 days of the date on the citation. After 21 days, you lose your right to appeal, and the fine doubles.

Until a decision is made, the citation fine is placed on hold and no additional fees are charged.

If your address changes during the review period, contact the adjudication office, (858) 534-4356.

You’ll receive a result letter within 21 days of submitting your appeal.

You are responsible for following up on your appeal. Check appeal status online or contact the adjudication office, (858) 534-4356, for your appeal results, no matter how you submitted it. Have your citation or license plate number ready.

You may receive a letter allowing you to submit proof of a valid permit for the day in question.

Bring proof in person to the campus or Hillcrest parking office.

Level 2: Administrative hearing

If you have been found liable and are dissatisfied with the result of the initial review, you can request an administrative hearing.

You must complete both of the following steps by the due date shown on your result letter in order to contest your citation at this level:

  1. Pay the original fine by the due date. Payments can be made in person by check, money order, cash, or online.
  2. Request a hearing date by calling (858) 534-4356 or emaiiling citation@ucsd.edu. You can either send a written appeal or appear before a hearing officer to explain your case.

If your appeal is successful and you're found not liable during the administrative hearing, you'll receive a refund of the amount paid, minus any credit card convenience fee, which is nonrefundable.

You must submit an appeal within 21 days of the date on the initial review result. After 21 days, you lose your right to request an Administrative hearing, and the fine doubles.

Level 3: Civil appeal

California Vehicle Code Section 40230(a) allows you to file a civil appeal for a parking citation if you're dissatisfied with the results of your administrative hearing.

Before you can file, you must receive a Result of Administrative Hearing that shows you were found liable.

Follow these steps:

  • Request a court date within 30 calendar days of the date when the Result of Administrative Hearing was mailed.
  • Pay the $25 filing fee to the court.

If the civil appeal process finds you are not liable, any amount paid will be refunded, including the $25 filing fee.

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