You must pay or contest your parking ticket within 20 days of the date the ticket was issued. If payment is not received within this time, the ticket will be considered delinquent and late fees will be added. If your citations remain outstanding, you may be referred to a collection agency, which will impact your credit rating, and a default judgment may be entered, which will make you ineligible to contest the ticket.
If there are more than 3 other outstanding tickets, a seizure warning notice will be issued, and a boot may be placed on your car. The boot will not be removed until all outstanding fines and fees are paid. If a vehicle is booted for 72 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) without payment, it will be considered abandoned and towed to the Denver Impound Lot and you will be required to pay all towing and storage fees.
When an individual does not pay or successfully contest a parking ticket within 120 days of it being issued, the Court will find the person “in default.” Also, if a person fails to appear for a Final Hearing, the Court will find the person “in default.” A default judgment will be entered which means the individual is automatically found liable and must pay all fines and fees due. Once a default is entered, the ticket can no longer be contested.
Unpaid parking tickets can result in your vehicle being immobilized, also known as a “boot.” Once your car is booted you may choose one of the three options available if you want the boot removed:
You can pay the full amount due on all outstanding parking tickets and any additional fees associated with the boot. You can do this online or by calling 1-866-280-9988. Payments made after 5:00 p.m. will result in the boot being released the following business day.
You can contest the tickets by appearing in person at the Parking Magistrate’s Office and bring all supporting documents you would like the magistrate to consider. You must immediately pay all fines and fees deemed necessary by the magistrate prior to an order of release for your booted vehicle. You can pay with cash, Visa or MasterCard.
You can schedule a Final Hearing before a judicial officer and you will be required to post a cash bond, pay a bond fee and boot fee before a court date will be scheduled. If you are disputing multiple tickets issued by different officers, you may be required to appear on numerous court dates and pay multiple bond fees. After the Final Hearing court date(s) has been scheduled, the Court will order a release of your booted vehicle.
At Final Hearing, if the judicial officer finds you liable for the fines and costs, the Court will apply your bond to the amount due. If you are found not liable, the Court may order a refund. The bond filing fees and boot fee are non–refundable. The amount of the bond refund will be determined at each hearing and will be refunded to you in the form of a check. An acceptable form of photo identification will be required to receive the bond refund.
If you fail to appear at a Final Hearing, the judicial officer will find you liable for the fines and costs and your bond will be applied to the amount due.
Vehicles can be towed for a number of reasons. One reason a vehicle can be towed is for unpaid parking tickets. If a boot is placed on a vehicle for unpaid parking tickets and the boot is not released from a vehicle within 72 hours, the vehicle will be towed to the Denver Impound Lot. If your car is towed, you can choose one of three options to resolve the matter.
1) You can pay the full amount due on all outstanding parking tickets and any additional fees associated with the boot and towing, or 2) Contest the matter by appearing in person at the Parking Magistrate’s Office; or 3) Post a cash bond and schedule a Final Hearing.
If you choose to pay, you must do so in person at the Parking Cashier’s Office located in the Wellington Webb Building at 201 W. Colfax Avenue. You can pay with cash, Visa or MasterCard. The Parking Cashiers will give you a document to take to the Denver Impound Lot to show all parking tickets and associated fees have been paid in full.
NOTE: If your ticket is in default status, your only option is to pay in full. You can no longer dispute your ticket.
If you appear in person at the Parking Magistrate’s Office, please bring all supporting documents you would like the magistrate to consider. You must immediately pay all fines and fees deemed necessary by the magistrate. You can pay with cash, Visa or MasterCard. The Parking Cashiers will give you a document to take to the Denver Impound Lot to show all parking tickets and associated fees have been paid in full. The Impound Lot will require you to pay all towing and storage fees assessed to the vehicle prior to release.
Vehicles can be towed for a number of reasons. If you receive a “Notice of Right to a Hearing” from the Impound Lot, and you feel your vehicle was not legally towed by the City, you can visit the Parking Magistrates Office at 201 W. Colfax Avenue and request a Tow Hearing. The owner of the vehicle should bring any and all supporting documents they would like the Magistrate to consider when hearing the case. The Magistrate cannot waive or reduce impound fees.