Site Message: The Parking Violations Bureau at 805 Central Avenue is currently CLOSED to the public due to COVID19. All hearings will be conducted by Zoom / telephone or continued to a later date in accordance with local emergency orders. All DETER registration block clearances will be processed via telephone or email upon payment of the related parking fines. Please call 513-352-4899 or email DETER@cincinnati-oh.gov.
This website allows you to look up parking citations by citation number, license plate number, or VIN. It also reflects unpaid balances and case statuses. If you cannot locate your citation on the website and need additional information or are experiencing difficulties accessing the website, please call the phone number on your parking ticket or delinquent notice. Please note, parking citations issued by private parking lots are not handled by the City of Cincinnati Parking Violations Bureau.
If you just received your citation, you will not be able to pay online until it is downloaded to the Enforcement Solution Center's system. Citations are issued using handheld electronic ticket writing equipment and are downloaded within just a few minutes after being issued. Handwritten citations can take several weeks to be entered into the parking citation system. Please note, parking citations issued by private parking lots are not handled by the City of Cincinnati Parking Violations Bureau.
You can pay a parking citation online via credit card at this website. You can pay via credit card by calling 858-218-0279. You can mail a check or money order to the Parking Violations Bureau, 805 Central Avenue, Suite 110, Cincinnati, OH 45202. Cash is accepted at the front desk of the Parking Violations Bureau. There is a processing fee for credit card payments.
Your citation indicates various deadlines for payment. Failure to pay may result in the imposition of late fees. Once you contest a citation, all deadlines are frozen and no additional late fees will be assessed until after the decision is issued.
It’s important to resolve your parking citations. You have a limited time to appeal a parking citation. Failure to pay three or more parking citations could result in a DETER registration block. Failure to pay multiple parking citations could result in your vehicle being towed / impounded. But a parking citation is not a criminal offense. And there is no possibility of jail or probation.
DETER stands for Drivers with Excessive Tickets Excluded from Registration. The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) has the authority to block a motor vehicle registration for three or more unpaid parking violations. In order to remove the registration blocks and complete any vehicle registration activities, all outstanding judgments must be paid in full. In addition, a $5.00 BMV fee per judgment is required.
You must pay all the parking citations that caused the DETER registration block. Please email DETER@cincinnati-oh.gov with your name, license plate(s), and phone number. The Parking Violations Bureau will research all your unpaid parking tickets and calculate your total amount due. Upon payment, the Parking Violations Bureau will send you a DETER registration block clearance form, and fax that information to the BMV to remove the block.
You can request an “in-person” hearing at the Parking Violations Bureau or an “written” review via email (with no physical appearance required). You can submit exhibits for review. You can explain the reason for contesting the citation. An impartial hearing examiner / licensed attorney will review the evidence and issue a written decision. No additional late fees will be imposed until after the decision is issued.
Yes. The decisions of a hearing examiner may be appealed to the Hamilton County Municipal Court. Those appeals must be filed in-person at the Clerk’s Office. The parking fine and appellate fee must be prepaid. This money will be refunded if a Judge rules in your favor.
It’s best to contest a citation and indicate this reason. The Parking Enforcement Division will check the meter to ensure it was working correctly. Please do not break our parking meters to get out of a parking citation. That is criminal damaging and may result in criminal prosecution.
It’s best to contest a citation and indicate this reason. Generally, the registered owner of a vehicle is responsible for parking citations. You may have to change the title or record the sale and show proof to the Parking Violations Bureau. If the parking citation occurred when you were still the legal owner, you are responsible for that citation even if you have since sold the vehicle.
Probably, yes. Your rental car company will probably send us a letter indicating that you were renting the vehicle at the time of the parking citation. We will then send a letter to the address provided.
The Parking Violations Bureau is a division of the City of Cincinnati’s Office of Administrative Hearings. It is staffed by attorneys and paralegals who adjudicate parking citations. It is separate from the Parking Enforcement Division which writes parking citations.
The best way to contact the Parking Violations Bureau is via email at DETER@cincinnati-oh.gov. You may also call the main number at 513-352-4899. Limited staffing sometimes prevents us from immediately answering your call. If so, please leave a voicemail including your name and call back number.