Parking Citation Process

Click to download a Request for Informal Review of Citation Form

Important Notice

If you do not meet the time frames listed your option to dispute the citation will be forfeited and you will be liable for payment of the parking violation and any additional fees. There is a three level process for contesting a parking citation and per California Vehicle Code Section 40215(a).

How To Contest A Parking Violation

You will need to complete an Informal Review Form and email it along with any attachments you would like included for review to or in person to the City Finance Department at 1010 10th St, 2nd floor, Suite 2100 or by mail to City of Modesto, P.O. BOX 3063 Modesto CA 95353. The completed Request for Informal Review form must be submitted within 21 calendar days from the date the ticket was issued. If you have any questions, please call 209-571-5140 Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

To pay a parking citation in person you may go to City of Modesto, Finance Department at 1010 10th Street, Suite 2100 between the hours of 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday or to pay by mail send your payment to P.O. Box 3063, Modesto, Ca, 95353.


Note: If you would like to contest your parking ticket please do not pay the ticket or you will lose your option to request an Informal Review.

There is a three level process for contesting a parking citation per California Vehicle Code section 40215.

  • 1st Level - Informal Review: If you disagree with a parking ticket you received, and would like to contest it, you have 21 calendar days from the date that the ticket was issued or 14 days calendar days from the mailing date of the Notice of Parking Violation to submit a completed Informal Review form per VC 40215. You should also include any supportive documentation (e.g. receipts, pictures, diagrams) to support your statement. (Materials submitted for review will not be returned)

    There is no payment required at the 1st level.
    The Informal Review Results will be mailed to the address you have provided on the form.

  • 2nd Level - Formal Hearing: If you are dissatisfied with the informal review results, you must deposit the amount of the citation and request a Formal Hearing within 21 calendar days from the postmark date of the results as required by State Law. If you are unable to deposit the amount of the citation, you may be eligible for an exemption. To determine if you qualify for the exemption you will need to complete a Financial Evaluation Form and provide copies of all required documents for review. If you fail to meet the time frame prescribed by law, you will lose the option to contest the parking citation.
  • 3rd Level - Superior Court: If you are not satisfied with the Hearing Officers decision, you may seek a review by filing an appeal to be heard by the superior court within 30 calendar days from the postmarked date of the Formal Hearing results. To request a civil review, you must contact the Parking Citation Processing Office at 209-571-5140 or in person at 1010 10th street, Suite 2100. You will be required to pay a $25.00 filing fee payable to Stanislaus County Superior Court. If the court renders a decision in your favor, the parking violation penalty and the $25.00 filing fee will be refunded to you.

    The judgment by the superior court is final per CVC 40230.

For More Information

If you have any questions, contact the City of Modesto Parking Citation Office at (209) 571-5140. You may also write: City of Modesto Parking Citation Office, P.O. Box 3063, Modesto, CA 95353 or e-mail

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