The New York City Parking Card is a pre-paid card that can be used for parking at

  • Parking meters
  • City-owned parking fields
  • Select electronic single-space meters located in Long Island City and Manhattan

The City no longer sells Parking Cards, and you can’t refill cards that were bought previously. However, cards with a remaining balance are still accepted at parking meters throughout the City and do not expire.

Refunds are not issued for any unused funds or partially used cards.

To check the balance of a Parking Card, you must insert it into the meter. The meter will display the remaining balance on the card. After you deduct the amount you need to pay, the new balance will be displayed.

When a Parking Card has a remaining value lower than what is needed for parking, you can combine the card value with cash to complete the transaction. In order to do this, don’t allow too much time between deducting the payment from the card and inserting the additional coin payment.

The following steps are recommended:

  • Get the Parking Card and coins ready before beginning a transaction.
  • Insert the card into the machine.
  • Press the blue button to deduct payment from the card until it's fully used.
  • Leave the card in the machine.
  • Insert as many coins as needed to purchase the full amount of parking.
  • Press the green button for your receipt.
  • If you're in a Pay-N-Display facility, display the receipt on your dashboard.

The City is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged NYC Parking Cards.

Cards can be damaged if mistreated. Avoid exposure to high temperatures (leaving the card on the dashboard under a hot sun) and keep cards dry. Do not bend the card, peel away the protective coating or scratch the card chip with sharp objects.

Cards are valuable. Treat the card as if it were cash.

You can get help with a Parking Card that is not working.

The City is not responsible for cards damaged by mistreatment.

Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) for help.

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