Parking Violations - Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a registration stop?

2. What is a tow order?

3. What is a bad check fee?

4. How can I request Court?


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 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 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.

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. How can I request Court?

You may request a Hearing within 90 days of the issue date of the citation in order to dispute what the officer has indicated.  This must be filed in person at Courthouse East (Parking Violations Bureau), or any of the District Courts.