Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Parking Citation Questions

Q. Can I be arrested for my unpaid parking ticket?

A. No. Parking tickets are not criminal offenses in the State of California and you will not be arrested for your unpaid parking ticket. However, there is an additional fine for tickets that are not paid on time and you may be subject to a DMV fee if a hold is placed on the registration of your vehicle. If a hold is placed on the registration of your vehicle, you will be unable to register your vehicle until all your outstanding parking tickets have been paid in full.


Q. Can my vehicle be towed for my unpaid parking ticket?

A. Your vehicle may be towed if you have five (5) or more unpaid parking tickets issued to your license plate.


Q. I paid my ticket late and was told that the penalty could not be waived. Can I appeal?

A. No. You cannot appeal the late fee. Tickets must be paid within the time prescribed in the California Vehicle Code, which is 21 days from the date the ticket was issued or 14 days from the date of the delinquent parking notice. If you moved and did not receive your delinquent parking notice and you failed to submit a change of address with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) within 10 days from the date you moved, you will still be held responsible for any additional late charges.


Q. I wanted to contest my parking ticket but was informed that it was too late. Can I appeal and if so who can I make an appeal to?

A. No. You cannot appeal your parking ticket if you do not do so within 21 days from the date your parking ticket was issued or 14 days from the date of your notice of delinquent parking. The time allowed to contest your parking ticket is specified in the California Vehicle Code. There are no exceptions unless one of the following conditions exist: your vehicle was stolen at the time the parking ticket was issued or the owner of the vehicle is deceased.


Q. Can I get an extension on the payment of my parking ticket?

A. No. Payment extensions are not granted. The Department of Motor Vehicle requires that you pay your ticket in full within 21 days from the date your parking ticket was issued or 14 days from the date of your delinquent parking notice. There are no exceptions.


Q. Can I perform community service instead of paying for my parking ticket?

A. No. Parking tickets are not criminal offenses and as such community services cannot be performed in lieu of paying your parking ticket.


Q. I cannot afford to pay my parking ticket. Can you cancel it?

A. No. Parking tickets cannot be cancelled due to financial hardship or inability to pay. Additional penalties will be imposed if your ticket is not paid within the prescribed time and a hold may be placed on the registration of your vehicle.


Q. My car was sold. Why do I continue to receive parking tickets when I no longer own the vehicle?

A. If you were the registered owner of the vehicle at the time you received the parking ticket or notice of delinquent parking, you are responsible for paying the ticket. If you did not own the vehicle when the parking ticket was issued, then it is your responsibility to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles that you sold the vehicle. You are required to submit a release of liability/responsibility form immediately to DMV upon the sale transaction that includes the date you sold the vehicle as well as the name and address of the person that you sold the vehicle to. If you are still receiving parking tickets from the City of Rosemead it probably means that the Department of Motor Vehicles records are still showing that you are the vehicle owner of record. In order to clear the ticket you must complete and submit a Declaration of Non-Ownership form to the Rosemead Parking Administration.


Q. I paid my ticket at the City's Parking Administration, but when I went to renew my vehicle's registration I was told that my ticket was still unpaid. If I paid my ticket in your office why isn't the DMV aware of my payment? What can I do to clear my citation at the DMV?

A. It takes approximately 30 days from the date you paid your ticket at the City before the Department of Motor Vehicles records will show the payment you made. If you need to obtain your vehicle registration right away, you can go to the Rosemead Parking Administration and request an abstract sent to DMV. Abstracts will only be given when the Rosemead Parking Administration is able to confirm your payment.


Q. I received a notice of delinquent parking but I have not visited the City of Rosemead. How do I clear the ticket?

A. If you received a delinquent parking notice and your vehicle was not in the City of Rosemead on the day the ticket was issued, you must submit and return a copy of your current vehicle registration, notice of delinquent parking and a brief explanation to the Rosemead Parking Administration. The Rosemead Parking Administration will review your vehicle registration along with the vehicle description information on the ticket and will render a decision as to whether or not you are responsible for paying the parking ticket. You will receive written communication from the Rosemead Parking Administration that will provide you with the status of the parking ticket.


Q. I received a ticket for violation of California Vehicle Code Section 5200 or 5204. What can I do?

A. CVC Sections 5200 or 5204 require vehicle inspection and evidence of violation correction. Evidence of correction may be obtained by any police agency during regular business hours. The Rosemead Parking Administration charges a $23.00 administrative fee to inspect and sign off the violation correction. Additionally, if the violation is corrected and signed off, the fee for this violation will be reduced to $10.00, which is due within 21 days of the citation or notice of violation. The total amount for a correctable violation is $33.00. If you were ticketed for a parking violation and a violation of California Code Section 5200 or 5204 you must respond to both violations.

You can appear in person with your ticket and vehicle to the location listed below.

City of Rosemead
Rosemead Parking Administration
8301 E. Garvey Ave.
Rosemead, CA 91770
(626) 569-2292

Office Hours: Monday - Friday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Closed Saturday, Sunday and Holidays