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Dispute a Parking Ticket

DISPUTE A PARKING TICKET

The Parking Magistrate’s Office provides a way for citizens to contest a parking ticket through a judicial process. You may choose one of the four options available to contest a parking ticket.

Appear in Person

The Parking Magistrate’s Office is open between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and is located on the first floor of the Wellington Webb Building at 201 W. Colfax Avenue. The owner or operator of the cited vehicle should bring any and all supporting documents they would like the magistrate to consider when hearing the case. Photo identification is required.

NOTE: All fines are due by midnight of the day you appear in the Magistrate’s Office. If fines are not paid by midnight, any reduction of fines will be withdrawn.

Written Dispute

Mail a letter explaining the reasons you are disputing the violation, along with any supporting documentation you would like the magistrate to consider to:

Denver Parking Violations Bureau, P.O. Box 46500, Denver, CO 80201-6500.

You will receive a written decision within 30 business days. Your ticket will not incur any additional fees while under review. If the magistrate decides the violation is valid or reduces the fine, a response date will be given. If you do not respond by the date given, you may incur additional fees; your vehicle may be booted; the delinquent fines may be reported to the credit bureau; or a default judgment may be entered.

Internet Dispute

An email explaining the reasons you are disputing the violation, along with any scanned supporting documentation you would like the magistrate to consider, can be sent to www.ParkSmartDenver.org.

You will receive a written decision via US mail within 30 business days. Your ticket will not incur any additional fees while under review. If the magistrate decides the violation is valid or reduces the fine, a response date will be given. If you do not respond by the date given, you may incur additional fees; your vehicle may be booted; the delinquent fines may be reported to a credit bureau; or a default judgment may be entered.

Final Hearing

A Final Hearing is set before a judicial officer of Denver County Court. You will have the opportunity to testify under oath and present evidence on your behalf. The issuing officer will also be present to testify.

To request a Final Hearing you must be the owner or operator of the cited vehicle. You must appear at the Parking Magistrate’s Office at 201 W. Colfax Avenue, with an acceptable form of photo identification and bring the ticket or Notice of Outstanding Ticket with you.

If you are disputing multiple tickets issued by different officers, you may be required to appear on numerous court dates. You will be issued a Summons for each final hearing date. You will also be required to read and sign the Advisement of Rights form. Each Final Hearing Summons may be assessed $26.00 in court costs. The final hearing court date is usually set 3 weeks from the date you appear in the Parking Magistrate’s Office. Should the judicial officer find you responsible for the fine and court costs, you must immediately pay the amount due.

To cancel a Final Hearing court date you must pay all fines and fees. You may pay by US mail, over the internet at www.ParkSmartDenver.org, in person at the Parking Cashiers Office at 201 W. Colfax Avenue, or by calling 1-866-280-9988. Payment must be received 48 hours prior to your scheduled court date. If you are paying by mail, please include the parking ticket number on your check or money order. Do not send cash.

If you fail to appear for a Final Hearing or fail to pay the amount due, the judicial officer will enter a default judgment and your vehicle is immediately placed on a list for immobilization (boot list) and your case may be referred to a collection agency for collection. Once a default judgment is entered, you may no longer contest the ticket and the full amount of fine and fees are due.

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