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Parking Citations

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 Pay a Parking Citation
 Lost Citations
 How to Read my Citation
 Online  Late Payments
 Parking Penalties
 By Mail
 Unpaid Citations
 Municipal Code
 By Telephone
 Appeal a Citation  Vehicle Code


Pay a Parking Citation

How much time do I have to pay a parking citation penalty before I incur late fees?
You must pay your citation within 21 days of issuance or within 14 days of the mailing of the notice to avoid paying late penalties.

May I pay my citation immediately?
Yes, provided that the citation has been entered into the computer system.  If you choose to pay online or by telephone, please allow at least one business day for an electronic citation to be processed and two to three business days for a handwritten citation to be processed and placed in the citation management database before attempting to pay.  You may attempt to pay sooner, but the time required to process the citation may be the reason if the record is not immediately available.

How may I pay a parking citation issued in the City of Redondo Beach?
You may pay in one of three ways:
  • Online: You may pay online by visiting https://www.citationprocessingcenter.com and click the link for “citizen inquiries.”  See the directions below.
  • Mail: You may pay by mail by sending your check or money order (with your citation number written on the check or money order) to the City of Redondo Beach, C/O Citation Processing Center, P.O. Box 2730, Huntington Beach, CA 92647-2730.
  • Phone: You may pay by telephone by calling 1-(800) 989-2058 and follow the verbal directions.  
You may pay your citation using the steps described below.

What steps should I follow to pay my citation?
  • Online
  1. Have a copy of your citation ready.
  2. Have your credit or debit card ready.
  3. Go to https://www.citationprocessingcenter.com to review or pay your citation and to begin the process.
  4. Make sure that popups are enabled on your computer, or allow popups for this website.
  5. The information you enter is protected by a security certificate; the payment gateway is secured so that your personal information is safe and secure.
  6. Note that Data Ticket, Inc. charges a $3.50 service fee to accept payments by credit card.
  7. Data Ticket currently accepts MasterCard, VISA, American Express and Discover.
  8. Note the following before starting your payment process and entry into the online database:
    • The citation number and time of citation (The citation number begins with an RB or R and is below the bar code on the white paper electronic citations and in the upper right corner of the green handwritten citations.  The time of the citation is written in military (24-hour) time below the day and date on the white electronic citations and in the upper right corner of the handwritten green citations below the citation number.)
    • The delinquency notice number and ZIP code;  (The notice of delinquency number begins with a TW and is in the lower third of the notice.)
    • Your license plate number ready to enter in the online database.
  9. Enter the required information on the website.
  10. If you have additional questions about the process, there is a frequently asked question page at https://www.citationprocessingcenter.com/FAQ.htm
  • By Mail
  1. Do not send cash if paid by mail; it will not be accepted.
  2. Use the addressed envelope that was left with your citation.
  3. Enclose a check or money order payable to the City of Redondo Beach (all transactions must be in United States dollars)
  4. Write your citation number on the check or money order.
  5. If you have lost the envelope, send your payment to:
City of Redondo Beach
C/O Citation Processing Center
P.O. Box 2730
Huntington Beach CA 92647-2730
If you have additional questions, contact The Citation Processing Center at 1-800-989-2058.

  1. Have a copy of your citation ready.
  2. Have your credit or debit card ready.
  3. Note the following before starting your payment process using your telephone keypad:
    • The citation number and time of citation (The citation number begins with an RB or R and is below the bar code on the white paper electronic citations and in the upper right corner of the green handwritten citations.  The time of the citation is written in military (24-hour) time below the day and date on the white electronic citations and in the upper right corner of the handwritten green citations below the citation number.)
    • The delinquency notice number and ZIP code;  (The notice of delinquency number begins with a TW and is in the lower third of the notice.)
    • Your license plate number ready to enter on the automated telephone system. 
  4. Call the Citation Processing Center at 1-800-989-2058.
  5. Enter the required information on the telephone keypad as requested.
  6. Note that Data Ticket, Inc. charges a $3.50 service fee to accept payments by credit card.
  7. Data Ticket currently accepts MasterCard, VISA, American Express and Discover.
If you have additional questions about the citation payment process, there is a frequently asked question page at https://www.citationprocessingcenter.com/FAQ.htm

Lost Citations

What should I do if I lose my original parking citation, or if I did not find my parking citation on my vehicle?

You may obtain the citation information online by:
  1. Enter your information in the appropriate fields
  2. Your citation records for this vehicle or notice will be displayed if the citation is already entered in the system.
  • You may obtain the information by telephone by calling (310) 318-0617.
  1. Provide your license plate number or delinquent notice number, or
  2. Provide your name as it appears on your vehicle registration
  3. Staff may also be able to search for the information with information about the date and location of the citation.
Late Payments

What will happen if I do not pay my citation by the due date?
  • A payment received after the due date will cause an added late penalty to your citation.
  • Postmarks will not be honored.
  • You will have to pay the late penalty amount before the citation will be cleared from your vehicle record.
Does the City of Redondo Beach process the payments for citations?
No, the City contracts with Data Ticket, Inc. to process its citations and to collect all fines.

May I pay my citation in-person at the Police Department or at City Hall?
No, you may not pay your citation at the Police Department or at City Hall.  All payment transactions must be made at the Data Ticket, Inc.  Citation Processing Center by mail, by telephone or online.

May I pay my citations at the court or at the Department of Motor Vehicles?
Citations cannot be paid at the court or at the DMV unless a DMV hold has been placed on your vehicle for delinquent citations.

May I get an extension on the payment of my parking citation?
No.  The Vehicle Code requires that you pay your citation in full within 21 days from the date that the parking citation was issued or 14 days from the date of your delinquent parking notice.


Unpaid Citations

What are the penalty fees for a citation that is paid late?
See the Police Master Fee Schedule for delinquent parking citation penalties.

Can I be arrested for unpaid parking citations?
  • No.  In 1992 the California legislature passed Assembly Bill 408 codified as Vehicle Code 40200 et seq.. 
  • This decriminalized parking citations and allowed cities to establish an administrative process to adjudicate parking citations.
If I don’t pay the parking citation penalties, what can occur?
  • The City may send the information to the California Department of Motor Vehicles to withhold your annual vehicle registration until the full amounts are paid.
  • The City may send the claim to the California Franchise Tax Board to file a lien against your State income tax return.
  • The City may send the amounts to a collection agency, which may affect your credit rating.
  • Failing to respond to five or more delinquent citations may result in your vehicle being towed and impounded until you pay the citations as per Vehicle Code 22651(i).  (Link to tow/impound section)
What is the effect of a DMV hold?
  • A DMV hold will prevent you from registering your vehicle or filing a “Planned Non-operational” status permit until all citation penalties and delinquent fees are paid. 
  • If you do not pay the citation penalties and fees before your vehicle registration is due, you will be assessed additional penalties for late registration.
Where do I pay for my delinquent citations if I have a DMV hold on my vehicle?
  • If you have delinquent citations from multiple jurisdictions, you may want to pay for the citations at the DMV.  
  • You cannot pay for citations at the DMV if a hold has not been placed.  You will have to pay for your citations using the city’s process.
May I perform community service instead of paying for my parking citations?
No.  Parking citations are not criminal offenses, and there is not a mechanism to enable you to do community service to satisfy your obligation.

Do I have to pay the delinquent penalties if I did not receive a notice in the mail that my parking citation was late?
  • Yes, provided that a notice was sent.
  • If you moved and did not provide the Department of Motor Vehicles with your new mailing address, you will be responsible for any late fees added to your citation.  The California Vehicle Code requires you to notify the DMV within ten days of a change of address.
Why do I continue to receive parking citation delinquent notices and lien notices when I sold the vehicle?
  • If you were the registered owner of the vehicle when you received the parking citation or notice of delinquent parking, you must pay the citation.
  • If were not the registered owner when the parking citation was issued, you must notify the Department of Motor Vehicles that you sold the vehicle.
  • You must submit a DMV Release of Responsibility form that includes:
  1. The date you sold the vehicle
  2. The name and address of the person that bought the vehicle
Parking Penalties

How are the parking penalties determined in Redondo Beach?
  • The Redondo Beach City Council determines the civil parking penalties by resolution in conjunction with the Master Fee Schedule. 
  • California Vehicle Code, section 40203.5. (a), states that the schedule of parking penalties for parking violations and late payment penalties shall be established by the governing body of the jurisdiction where the notice of violation is issued. To the extent possible, issuing agencies within the same county shall standardize parking penalties.
Does Redondo Beach receive all of the money from parking citations issued in Redondo Beach?
  • No.  
  • Parking penalties include a mandatory surcharge of $12.50 that is paid to the State of California as part of the amount of every citation.
  • The City also pays a portion of every penalty to the contract service company that processes the citations and collects the funds.



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