Parking Violations - Frequently Asked Questions

1.  What is a registration stop?

If you receive three or more outstanding parking tickets for any violation or one outstanding citation involving a disabled parking space, the Department of Motor Vehicles will be notified to issue a deferral, or "stop," to the registration of any vehicle in your name. To release the registration stop, you must pay the total amount due.   If you need your tag renewed, you must also pay an additional $7.00 for a Certificate of Release.

Payment can be made at any of the Parking Payment Locations, however, if you require immediate assistance with the release of a registration stop you must appear in person at the Parking Violations Bureau or one of our District Court locations.

 

2.  What is a tow order?

If you have five or more past due parking tickets or one (1) or more past due citation(s) involving parking in a disabled parking space, a court order will be issued for the impoundment and immobilization of any vehicle and license tag registered in your name. Your vehicle may be towed, or your license tag may be removed. In this case, online payments to the Parking Violations Bureau or payments by phone are not allowed.

If your vehicle has been towed, or the license tag has been removed, you must appear in person at the Parking Violations Bureau or one of our District Court locations, to pay the full amount due by cash, cashier's check or money order.  The payment will immediately release the order to tow and impound your vehicle or tag.  You must also pay an additional $7.00 for a Certificate of Release which must be presented to the towing company. You must deal directly with the towing company for towing and storage charges. 

If your vehicle HAS NOT been towed, and the license tag HAS NOT been removed, you may do one of  the following:

  • Appear in person at the Parking Violations Bureau or one  of our  District Court locations, to pay the full amount due by cash,  cashier's  check or money  order.  The payment will immediately release the order to tow and impound your vehicle or tag.
  • Pay the amount due to the specified collection agency. The tow order will remain in effect until your payment has Been  received  and  confirmed  by  the  Parking Violations Bureau. Allow three to five business days for the payment to reach our office.

3.  What is a bad check fee?

A bad check fee is a service charge imposed by Florida law when a worthless check, draft or order of payment has been used to pay parking fines. The law provides that the service fee and the full amount of the check, draft or order of payment must be paid to the Parking Violations Bureau. Payment made to satisfy a worthless check can only be made in cash, money order or cashier's check.

 

4.  Too many unpaid citations.

Due to the number of unpaid citations you must pay in person at the Parking Violations Bureau.