Parking Ticket FAQ

  • How do I look up my and pay my parking ticket by my license plate number when I don't have the ticket number?

    Go to our pay by web application by clicking here, scroll to the bottom, select your state, and enter your license plate registration number. If you are unable to bring up your ticket please call our office at (617) 349-4700.

  • How do I clear a hold on the parking tickets I just paid off?

    Once you have paid off all of your outstanding tickets, please call the city of Cambridge at 617-349-4700 and request a "clear".  We will then confirm that all tickets have been paid off by registration (license plate), name, and license number.

    If you have a $0.00 balance your hold with the RMV will be cleared in 5-30 minutes.  Please note that the city of Cambridge  cannot assist with matters for any other town or city in Massachusetts.

  • How do I pay a parking ticket?

    Parking tickets can be paid by web, over the phone, by mail or in person in our office. Click here for more information about how to pay a parking ticket.
  • What is the reason I received my parking ticket?

    Each parking ticket is issued for a specific reason as listed on the parking violation. For more information about a specific violation click here. 

     

  • How do I dispute my parking ticket if I believe it was issued in error or there are extenuating circumstances relating to my ticket?

  • I lost my ticket and want to pay it online, how do I get my ticket number?

    Go to our pay by web application by clicking here, scroll to the bottom, select your state, and enter your license plate registration number. If you are unable to bring up your ticket please call our office at (617) 349-4700.

  • How do I find out if I have any outstanding parking tickets?

    Go to our pay by web application by clicking here, scroll to the bottom, select your state, and enter your license plate registration number. If you are unable to bring up your ticket please call our office at (617) 349-4700.

  • I want to pay my ticket online but the system won’t acknowledge my ticket. What should I do?

    The City issues two types of parking tickets. Most tickets are produced by handheld ticket writing machines and will be available for payment the day after they are issued. Handwritten paper tickets can take up to ten days to be added into the system. 

    If you would like to pay for a ticket that is not yet in our database, please mail payment to our office at 344 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139 and be sure to note the ticket number and your license plate number including the state in which your vehicle is registered on your check or money order.  You can also email a photo of the ticket to ParkingServices@CambridgeMA.gov and request that it be added to the system.

  • Why did I receive two tickets when parked in the same space on the same day (Overtime)?

    When parked at a parking meter or pay station, in a lot or on the street, you may receive two tickets, one for an expired meter and one for overtime, which is parking beyond the posted time limit. Both tickets are valid.

    Meters and zones are for short term parking only and time limits are strictly enforced. When parking on a street with single space meters you cannot stay in the same space for longer than the posted time limit.  In areas where zone parking is in place, you must exit the entire zone and find a new space outside of that area.

    When parking on a street (without meters or resident permit parking only) or in a parking lots with pay stations, you must move your vehicle from that street or lot prior to being there for the posted amount of time which is either two or four hours depending on location and time of day. If your vehicle is parked for longer than that posted time limit, you are subject to receiving an overtime parking violation.