Park illegally and get busted? Or did you forget to bring cash the last time you crossed a toll? These things happen to the best of us. Unfortunately, you will have to be sure that all parking and toll violations on your record are paid before you are allowed to renew your registration with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). If you have an outstanding violation that requires payment, the DMV will include this information on your registration renewal notice.
The process for paying a parking or toll violation will vary depending on where you were issued your citation. Payment instructions will be detailed on the citation and will tell you exactly how and where your citation can be paid. These options generally include online, by mail, or in person. You will likely also have the option of contesting your parking violation. This information can also be found on your citation. As stated above, your registration renewal cannot be completed until all violations are cleared from your record. You have a few options when it comes to payment. You can either 1) pay the agency that issued your citation the fee, 2) pay the amount to the DMV along with your normal renewal fees, or 3) you can pay for your violations online with CarRegistration.
Paying Your Violation through the Issuing Agency
If you choose to pay your parking/toll violation to the issuing agency using the instructions on the citation, you will have to show the DMV proof of payment. Acceptable proof of payment includes:
- A Notice of Disposition of Parking/Toll Violation (REG 194R)
- A Notice of Disposition of Multiple Parking/Toll Violations (REG 197).
- A receipt from the agency with the citation number, date paid, and the agency name or code.
- A letter, using the issuing agencies' letterhead, complete with citation number and the date the payment was received.
- A cancelled check payable to the toll/parking agency showing the bail amount and the citation number.
Once you submit one of the above documents to the DMV, you will be cleared and able to renew your registration.
Paying Your Violation Through the DMV
In order to pay your parking/toll violation to the DMV, you must first be issued a renewal notice that lists your citation. Renewal notices list up to three citations and show the number of remaining citations. The notice will also list the total fees that will be due in order to clear the violations off of your record and continue with renewal. Your renewal notice should include instructions on how to pay these fees directly to the DMV. After you pay the fees to the DMV, you will be issued a receipt confirming that you made your payment. Hold on to this receipt because you may be required to show proof of payment to the issuing agency. Note: If you accidentally pay your fee to both the issuing agency and the DMV, you will have to get your refund from the issuing agency. The DMV will not refund your payment.
Paying Your Violation Online With CarRegistration
CarRegistration, your trusted DMV alternative is licensed by the Department of Motor Vehicles and is authorized to perform a number of DMV transactions, including accepting payment for parking and toll violations. Once you enter some basic information (driver's license number, VIN, etc.) CarRegistration will retrieve your outstanding violations and allow you to post your payment to the DMV instantly and clear your record. You can use CarRegistration anytime, regardless of whether or not your registration renewal is coming up.