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Avoid a Parking Ticket

It’s easy to avoid a ticket. Be sure you’re parking properly and that you are complying with all signs. Here are the top three tickets issued in Denver, and how to avoid them:

PARKING METER VIOLATION

Always put money in the meter and be sure to either add more time if you’re running out or leave before the meter time expires. Meters have time limits, and parking beyond the allowed limit makes you subject to a $25 ticket, even if you put more time on the meter after it runs out.

If you do not have coins, the new Smart Meters accept credit or debit cards.

STREET SWEEPING VIOLATION

When street sweeping takes place, any cars in the street will be ticketed and/or removed. Pay attention to the posted street sweeping signs and schedules and move your car accordingly. Even if you have a residential parking permit, you need to move your car during your street sweeping day.

NOTE: On your street sweeping day, that space is off-limits even if the sweeper has been through already.

Enroll for email reminders to help avoid getting a $50 ticket.

LICENSE PLATE VIOLATION

You need both a front and rear plate on your car, and they need to be at least 12 inches from the ground on the outside of the vehicle facing horizontally. In the City and County of Denver, both the police and parking enforcement agents enforce the license plate law and the fine is $75. If you lost your front plate and need a new one, contact a Denver Motor Vehicle office for more information.