Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I am unable to attend Court on the date that was assigned to me?

For Parking Citations, you can send a written request to Patapsco District Court, 700 East Patapsco Avenue, Baltimore, MD. 21225. Include in your response a brief explanation as to why you are unable to attend on the assigned date, your name, citation number, and tag number. If you would like to discuss this with District Court, contact them at 410-878-8300.

For Red Light Camera Citations, you can send a written request to Wabash District Court, 5800 Wabash Avenue, Baltimore, MD. 21215. Include in your response a brief explanation as to why you are unable to attend on the assigned date, your name, citation number, and tag number. If you would like to discuss this with District Court, contact them at 410-878-8000.

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Where can I pay my parking ticket?

The Abel Wolman Municipal Building is the only place to pay a parking citation in person. Payments can also be made by mail at the following address: P.O. Box 13327, Baltimore, Maryland 21203; by telephone: 1-877-729-6269; or internet

If paying by telephone or on the internet more than one citation, please be sure to use your bill number. The bill number is located at the upper right hand corner of your bill. Refer to Article 31, Section 36-1 of the Baltimore City Code for a listing of all parking fines.

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I received notification from MVA informing me that I could not renew my registration because my tags were flagged by Baltimore city parking. What does this mean?

If a parking citation is not paid within 55 days of receiving your ticket it becomes delinquent and the City notifies MVA. MVA places a “flag” on your registration. Prior to being able to renew your vehicle registration you will need to satisfy all parking fines with the City.

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Why did I receive a parking citation for an expired meter while my handicap hang tag/plate was displayed?

If your handicap tag/plate is displayed, you are entitled to park at a meter for double the allotted time printed on the face of the meter (not to exceed four hours). Example: if the meter is a one hour meter, you may park for two hours; if the meter is an eight hour meter, you may park for four hours.  Parking meters in Phases 1, 2 and 3 of Project SPACE allow parking up to 4 hours.

Parking meters in Phases 1, 2, and 3 of Project SPACE in Baltimore have been upgraded to meet the most recent Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements and people with disabilities are required to pay parking meters in this area, even if displaying a disability placard or license plate. Phase 3 launches April 17, 2017.  Additional areas will be added.  Area boundaries and additional information can be found at www.morespace4all.com.

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If I need to release the flag from my vehicle registration, what do I need to do?

Effective January 1, 2011, the City of Baltimore will no longer fax release forms to the local Department of Motor Vehicle Offices.

First you need to satisfy all outstanding citations against the vehicle for which you would like to register. If you have two or more weeks before you need to renew your registration, a VR119 release form that you will take to the Motor Vehicle Administration can be mailed to you by calling (410)396-4080. However, if you are less than two weeks from your registration date, you may pick-up a VR119 release form in person at the Parking Fines Office, Room 2 200 Holliday Street Baltimore, MD 21202.

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What do I do if my car is stolen and the thief receives parking citations in my name during the time it is missing?

Provide a copy of the police reports showing the date the vehicle was stolen and the date the vehicle was recovered (a stolen vehicle report and recovered vehicle report) to the Parking Fines Section. If the vehicle was not recovered, submit a copy of the stolen vehicle report along with a total loss statement from your insurance company. If the date of the violation falls between the stolen and recovery dates on the reports, the citation(s) will be submitted to the State's Attorney's Office for permission to abate. The registered owner will be notified, by mail, once the citation(s) have been abated.

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Why does it take so long to get a trial date set once I submit my request?

Trial dates are scheduled by the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore City. Requests are scheduled for the next available date by the court. Due to the large volume of requests received by the court, it may be three to five months.

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If I found a mistake on my citation, is there an administrative abatement process or should I request a hearing?

A citation can be administratively abated for material error if the citation issuing device malfunctions while preparing the citation and/or fails to properly capture the make of the vehicle or the proper tag number. If the nature of your error does not fit into these criteria, the Director of Finance cannot correct the error and the citation will require adjudication.

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Can the amount of the parking fine be lowered or discounted?

Fines and penalties are set by law per Article 31, Section 36-1 of the Baltimore City Code and there is no administrative authority given to lower the fine.

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Do you offer a payment plan for parking fines?

In order to be eligible for a payment plan, a citation must be at least 180 days old and referred to the City’s contracted collection agent (currently Penn Credit Corporation LTD) who will administer the agreement. To enter into a payment agreement, a debtor with over $500 in outstanding delinquent citations is required to pay 25% down and the remainder of the outstanding balance over 12 months. Less than $500 in outstanding delinquent citations is required to pay 50% down and the remainder of the outstanding balance over six months. Once a payment agreement has been entered into, the accrual of penalties are suspended at the time the agreement is signed. If a debtor breaches a payment agreement, the penalties are reinstated from the time the agreement was put into effect and the debtor may become eligible for booting and/or towing—If the debtor has 3 tickets or more that are over 30 days old. Entering into a payment agreement does not release a boot, allow the debtor to retrieve the vehicle from the impound lot, or remove a vehicle registration flag with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration.

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Where do I take care of Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) issues?

VEIP is a State program. If you would like additional information, please visit http://www.marylandmva.com/MVAProg/VEIP/default.htm

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How do I resolve abandoned vehicle issues? 

Contact the Vehicle Impound Lot at 410-396-9958 or visit 6700 Pulaski Highway.

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How does my filing bankruptcy affect my outstanding parking tickets?

Baltimore City parking citations are not dischargeable through bankruptcy. Once a bankruptcy is filed, the amount due for the citations will not increase (i.e. penalties will not accrue) until the case has been discharged. Once the case is discharged, if the total amount due is not paid in full, the City will apply penalties retroactively for the time period that you were in bankruptcy. However, if the parking fine is paid in full by the time the bankruptcy is discharged, no further penalties will be due. Bankruptcy only covers the citations that are outstanding at the time of filing. It does not cover citations issued after the filing date.

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When is Amnesty?

According to Article 31, Subtitle 36-23 of the Baltimore City Code, the Director of Finance, with the Approval of the Board of Estimates, may periodically offer amnesty from the payment of penalties that have accumulated on Baltimore City parking fines. The last amnesty was in 2003 and the Baltimore City code (Article 31, Section 36-23) states that “no further amnesties may be offered for 10 years.”

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Why do I have to pay penalties?

Penalties for late payment are enacted by the City Council and signed into law by the Mayor. The law related to penalties is located in Article 31, Subtitle 154 of the Baltimore City Code.

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To whom do I speak if I have concerns about my parking citation(s)? 

Contact the Department of Finance Collections Call Center at 410-396-4080.

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To whom do I speak about the lack of parking in my neighborhood?

Call the Parking Authority of Baltimore City at 443-573-2800.

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To whom do I speak if damage was done to my vehicle while immobilized or impounded by the City?

You can contact the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the City’s Law Department at 410-396-3402(3) to file a claim.

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Where do I pay a moving violation? 

Moving violations may be paid at any District Court of Maryland http://www.courts.state.md.us/district/selfhelp/traffic.html.

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