How to deal with pesky parking tickets in San Antonio

Resolving parking citations in the 210 will always be a bummer, but hopefully our guide makes it less confusing.

SATXtoday: Parking downtown SA

Check out our quick guide for taking care of your San Antonio parking ticket.

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On the list of “things that can ruin a day,” walking back to your car to find that white piece of paper tucked under the windshield wiper has to rank pretty high.

So you got a parking ticket in San Antonio — now what?

Well, from the date of your citation, a countdown begins. If the ticket is not resolved within that window, San Antonio will consider that ticket delinquent. Ouch.

Note: Private parking operators also issue citations and have their own set of procedures.

How to pay

SATXtoday: Frank D. Wing Municipal Courthouse

Pay your parking ticket in person at the Frank D. Wing Municipal Court Building.

Photo by City of San Antonio

To pay the fee, you can do so one of three ways: by mail, in person at Municipal Court Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or online. While the average fine is $35, tickets can run as high as $500.

You can also contest the parking ticket in one of two ways:

  • Option one: You must appear no later than the hearing date listed on the parking ticket.
  • Option two: Send a letter through the mail with the ticket number and any evidence necessary to contest the ticket, then a Parking Hearing Officer will review your case and make a ruling. Check out the mailing instructions.

No action can be taken in any case until the ticket is submitted to the court and a parking case is created in the court docketing system. If the case is created after the hearing date on the ticket, a new summons for a hearing will be mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle.
Pro tip: San Antonio offers free parking downtown every Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. in select areas. Download the app for easy parking.