Pay A Parking Citation

What do I do if I receive a parking citation? 

You have 15 calendar days from the date of issuance to make payment or arrange to dispute the citation. The original fine will double on the 16th day and you will be responsible for twice the original amount of the citation. Payments received in our Accounting Office are posted to your account the same day. If you need to make payment on a citation that was issued 13 or more days ago, please use the 'pay by phone' option below to ensure receipt.

Phone ClipartPay by phone: Our Account Technicians can take payments over the phone with your Visa or Mastercard. Contact them directly at (505) 955-6581, option 1. Please have your citation number, license plate number and payment information ready.

Person Silhouette ClipartPay in person: Bring payment to our Accounting office at Market Station, 500 Market Street, Suite 200. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please bring your original citation and/or license plate number with you.

Mailbox ClipartPay by mail: Mail payments to the City of Santa Fe Parking Violations Bureau, PO Box 909, Santa Fe, NM 87504-0909. Please print your citation number, license plate number and/or account number on your check or money order. Please do not send cash. 

Drop payment in a Yellow Box: For your convenience, we have 12 drop boxes throughout the downtown area into which you can drop your payment and our Collections staff will retrieve it and deliver it to the Accounting Office. Please be advised: Yellow boxes are collected in the early morning hours Monday through Friday - if you drop your payment in a yellow box the day it is scheduled to double (the 15th day), we cannot guarantee receipt until the following business day. 

Yellow boxes are located at the following locations:

  • West Marcy Street in front of City Hall on Meter # 155
  • Washington Avenue across from the Burrito Co. on Meter # 511
  • Federal Street in front of the Main Post Office on Meter # 57
  • Old Santa Fe Trail in front of the La Fonda Hotel on Meter # 1101
  • East Marcy Street in front of the Santa Fe New Mexican on Meter # 626
  • Guadalupe Street in front of the Zia Diner on Meter # 1798

Additional yellow payment boxes are located at the following parking facilities: Water Street Lot, 100 East Water St.; Canyon Road Lot, 777 Canyon Road.

What happens if I don't pay a parking citation?

If you don't pay your parking citation or otherwise respond to your parking citation within 15 calendar days from the date of issuance, you will be responsible for twice the amount of the original fine. If no action is taken within 30 days of the date of issuance you will be responsible for additional penalties and your account will be turned over to a collection agency.

Don't get the boot

Pursuant to the Uniform Traffic Code, if you have 3 or more unpaid parking citations, a boot will be placed on your car, and won't be removed until all outstanding fines are paid (plus a boot fee of $50). Payment must be made in full at the Parking Division Accounting Office, located at 500 Market Street, Suite 200, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. If payment is not made in full within 72 hours of immobilization, the City or its designee will tow your vehicle. Additional towing, tow yard storage, and processing fees will apply.

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