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Appealing a Parking Citation

Anyone who wants to contest a citation can now complete that request online or in writing. 


  • To submit an appeal online, go to
  • Select where the citation was issued - CSM, Skyline, or Cañada.
  • Enter your citation number and press SEARCH. If your citation qualifies for an appeal, a CONTEST ONLINE link to the contesting form will appear to the right of the citation number.

In Writing

  • You may contest the citation in writing within 21 calendar days of the issue date of your citation,
  • Indicate the reason(s) you feel your citation was issued in error,
  • Include copies of any documentation to support your claim (documents will not be returned),
  • Include your citation or reminder notice,
  • Include your full name,
  • Include your mailing address (Your decision cannot be mailed without a complete and correct address – include suite number, apartment number, zip code, etc.)

    Mail all information to:

    Office of Parking Violations
    SMCCD - College of San Mateo
    P O Box 9003
    Redwood City CA 94065-9003