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Appeal A Citation

According to California Vehicle Code (CVC) 40215 and 40230, you have the following rights when appealing a parking violation.

Appeal Options

  1. Submit an Appeal Online
  2. Download a Citation Level 1 Appeal Form.
  3. Email to or send by mail

Level 1: The Administrative Review

California State University, Sacramento is required to perform an Administrative Review of a contested parking citation if the appeal is made within 21 calendar days of the issuance of the citation or within 14 calendar days of the mailing of the Notice of Delinquent Parking Violation.

The Process

  • A written explanation prepared by you, stating why you should not be charged with the cited parking violation shall be reviewed and evaluated by California State University, Sacramento.
  • You will be notified by letter and/or email once a decision has been rendered. Appeals are adjudicated in the order they are received. Notification typically takes 2-4 weeks, however; during peak times (the beginning of a semester, for example) appeal decisions may take longer.
  • The payment is placed on hold and no late fees will be applied during the review process. Do Not Send Payment at this time.

Level 2: The Appeals Hearing

If you are not satisfied with the results of the Level 1, Administrative Review, you may pursue the matter by requesting an Appeal Hearing.

California State University, Sacramento is required to perform an Appeal Hearing if an Appeal Hearing is requested and turned in within 21 calendar days of the mailing of the results of the Administrative Review. You may request a mail-in or in-person Appeal Hearing.

The Process

Requests for an Appeal Hearing are required to be made in writing by completing a Request For Appeal Hearing Form and submitting it to email. Your request for an Appeal Hearing must be accompanied by payment in full of the amount due for the citation. (Reference CVC 40215.b. for complete details).

  • Phone Hearing: A phone hearing will be scheduled only when specifically requested.
    • The issuing officer is not required to be present at the hearing.
    • A hearing examiner will review the written information provided, your testimony and that of any witnesses and evidence provided which is relevant to your case. A decision is then rendered.
    • You will be notified by mail within 5 days of the hearing examiner's decision.
  • Written Hearing: In lieu of an in-person hearing, a written Appeal Hearing may also be conducted.
    • A hearing by written declaration will be performed after full payment of the penalty is received.
    • A hearing examiner shall review the written declaration and render a decision based on the information submitted.
    • The decision of the Hearing Examiner may be delivered personally to you or by first class mail.
    • If you are found "not liable," the penalty paid for the citation will be refunded in full.
    • You will be notified by mail within 5 days of the hearing examiner's decision.

Level 3: Judicial Appeal

If you are not satisfied with the Appeal Hearing decision, you may further appeal your case to a court of law [Carol Miller Justice Center, (916) 875-7429] within 30 calendar days from the mailing of the Level 2 Appeal Hearing liable notice, (Reference CVC 40230).

The Process

  • The court charges a filing fee to process the appeal. If the court rules in your favor, California State University, Sacramento will be required to refund your filing fee plus any parking penalties that the court may dismiss.
  • If a notice of appeal is not filed with Carol Miller Justice Center within the 30 calendar day limit, the decision rendered by California State University, Sacramento shall become final.