New Jersey parking tickets may be issued for a number of different infractions. Parking violations include parking your vehicle in reserved spaces, such as those meant for drivers with disabilities or protected veterans. The parking authority issues citations for other offenses, such as blocking intersections, driveways, crosswalks and fire hydrants. Motorists may also receive a parking ticket if they stop or park in places where parking is not allowed. Parking citations in NJ come under the discretion of the individual municipalities that issued them. Municipalities may issue a parking citation for a variety of reasons that may vary from town to town. Drivers have options to pay parking tickets if they receive them. Learn more about parking laws and penalties for breaking them in the state in the sections below.
When are New Jersey parking citations issued?
You may be cited for parking offenses in NJ for a variety of infractions. Parking tickets for leaving a car parked in a restricted spot, such as a parking spot for disabled drivers or a veteran’s space, often result in increased parking fines. Other parking infractions include keeping your vehicle in places where parking is prohibited. Parking tickets are issued in such instances which include leaving your car parked on bridges, on freeways or in tunnels. A municipal parking authority also issues tickets for blocking intersections, driveways and crosswalks. A very common reason for receiving parking tickets in New Jersey occurs when using metered parking spaces. Sometimes motorists run out of time on their meter before they return to their vehicles or even forget to put money in the meter. In either instance, the parking authority issues a parking citation.
How do I pay New Jersey parking tickets?
You may pay parking offenses in person through your local parking authority. Make sure to contact your local court to determine acceptable payment methods and whether any additional costs may be assessed. The Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) does not collect parking fines, as payments are only made to the local municipalities. The MVC acts on information received from the local courts, so any nonpayment of parking violations eventually reaches the agency and may impact your driving privileges. You may also pay parking citations online through a web portal for New Jersey courts. To pay parking tickets online you must:
- Have your parking ticket number.
- Have your license plate number.
- Have your payment method ready.
You may also pay your parking ticket by regular mail. Use a personal check or money order in the amount that appears on your parking citations and make sure to print the numbers on your check or money order. Be sure you have the correct municipal court and its address. If you do not know your parking citation number, then you can search for it on the municipal court’s website. You may also contact the court directly for additional information.
Note: There is a service charge for paying tickets online.
Appealing Parking Tickets in New Jersey
The procedures for appealing parking tickets in New Jersey vary from municipality to municipality. To dispute a parking citation, some municipalities require that you notify the parking authority of your intent to do so within a specific period of time from the date you received the ticket. Some parking authorities request that you send in a copy of your parking ticket by either fax or email. Once received, the parking authority reviews your documentation and renders a decision. Should it deny a dismissal and you desire to pursue the matter further, its representatives will direct you to the municipal court to request a date on which to appear.
Sometimes drivers may receive parking tickets that were issued to a license plate they no longer own or to a vehicle that does not match the one they own. It is the driver’s responsibility to provide proof of the error to the municipal court. To contest parking violations that do not correspond to a motorist’s license plate or vehicle, he or she must:
- Obtain an original copy of the parking ticket from the issuing parking authority.
- Inform the MVC through a letter that includes his or her signature that the plates on the offending car are no longer his or hers or that the vehicle does not match the one he or she owns.
- Provide the license plate number receiving the parking citation along with his or her new license plate number, driver’s license number and current address.
- Provide documentation that he or she turned in the old plates and received new ones.
- Send the letter, a copy of the parking ticket and the summons to the MVC.