Your vehicle may be booted or towed by the City Sheriff/Marshal on behalf of the Department of Finance (DOF) or the New York Police Department (NYPD). It is important to look at the boot and determine which agency has booted you. The process for resolving boots is different depending on if you were booted by the sheriff/marshal or NYPD.

The sheriff/marshal boots vehicles that owe more than $350 of parking ticket and/or camera violation judgment debt. This boot is a green metal clamping device with a keypad. The boot is attached to one of the four wheels to prevent the vehicle from moving.

NYPD boots illegally parked vehicles prior to towing them. NYPD boots have a padlock and may be yellow or blue but do not have a keypad.

The City Sheriff or Marshal boots vehicles that owe more than $350 of parking ticket and/or camera violation judgment debt. If you owe more than $350 in judgment debt, any vehicle registered to you can be booted, even if that is not the vehicle which received the tickets initially.

This boot is a green metal clamping device with a keypad. The boot is attached to one of the four wheels to prevent the vehicle from moving.

When a vehicle is booted, a notice will be placed under the windshield wiper on the driver's side and on the driver's door window.

If your vehicle is booted, you must pay your judgment debt, interest and fees along with the booting fees by phone or in person.

If you don’t pay within 48 hours of being booted (excluding weekends and holidays), the vehicle will be towed. You will be responsible for both booting and towing fees, if your vehicle is booted and then towed.

Learn more about the vehicle booting program.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) boots illegally parked vehicles in Manhattan. NYPD boots may be yellow or blue and do not have a keypad.

All vehicles booted by the NYPD are subject to immediate tow.

If your vehicle is parked in an illegal spot and gets booted, your vehicle may be towed at any time.  

Illegal parking includes vehicles parked:

  • At a bus stop
  • In a no standing zone
  • In a no stopping zone
  • On the sidewalk
  • In a crosswalk 
  • Blocking a pedestrian ramp
  • At a hydrant
  • Double parked
  • Blocking a driveway

You should look at the boot to determine why you have been booted. 

  • If the boot has keypad, you have been booted by the sheriff/marshal for owing the City more than $350 in parking ticket or camera violations that are in judgment. You should follow the instructions provided and call the Booting Program to pay your judgment debt. If you are illegally parked and you don’t pay immediately, your vehicle will be towed. There is no 48-hour window for vehicles parked in violation of public safety regulations. You may still make a payment to release the boot, but if a tow truck has been dispatched already, a tow dispatch fee will be added to the total.
  • If the boot doesn’t have a keypad, you have been booted by the NYPD for illegal parking. The NYPD has the authority to tow your vehicle even if you don’t owe any outstanding tickets.

Reporting Booted Vehicles Parked Illegally

If a booted vehicle is blocking your driveway, double parked and blocking you in, or parked illegally, you can report the vehicle. First, you should look at the boot. If the boot has a keypad, it is a sheriff or marshal boot. If the boot doesn’t have a keypad it is an NYPD boot.

Call 311 for assistance.

The fees for booting are:

  • $136 for the boot.
  • $80 for the Sheriff/Marshal execution fee
  • 5% of the total amount of all other fines and fees

You must also pay your judgment debt.

If you don't return the boot within 24 hours of the time that you call the Booting Program, a late fee of $25 per day up to a maximum of $500 for 20 days will also be charged.

Damaged Boot Fees

If the boot on your vehicle is damaged, you may be charged a $500 replacement fee. And you may be prosecuted for the crime of property destruction.
A damaged boot may also result in damage to your tire or vehicle.

The booting fee is $185, plus any fines, penalties, and interest for parking and camera violations in judgement.

You do not have to pay the violation that caused your vehicle to be booted and/or towed by the NYPD to retrieve your vehicle. You have 30 days from the date of the violation to pay or dispute that ticket. After 30 days penalties will be applied.

Follow the instructions on the notice of violation placed on your vehicle's windshield, which states that you must call or visit the Manhattan Tow Pound at Pier 76. NYPD boots cannot be removed by drivers.

Call 311 for assistance.

To get the release code to remove the boot, you must pay your judgment debt, interest, and fees along with the booting fees.

By Phone

Call the telephone number for the Booting Program that’s on the notice. It’s available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

You can pay by credit or debit card, electronic check, or pre-paid card with a credit card logo.

After paying, you will be given a release number to enter into the keypad on the boot. You will then be able to take it off.

If the code you were given doesn’t release the boot, call the booting program back to confirm your information, such as the location of your booted vehicle or the release code.

  • Agency: Department of Finance
  • Division: Booting Program
  • Phone Number: (646) 517-1000
  • Business Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week

In Person

You can pay your judgment debt, booting fees, and other charges in person with cash, check, money order, or credit, debit or pre-paid card at any DOF Business Center. No appointment is necessary, however you can schedule an appointment to ensure social distancing at the centers.

After paying, a DOF representative will contact the booting company to release the boot. Then a support vehicle will be dispatched to the location where the vehicle is booted and the driver will remove the boot. These assisted boot releases may take between 2 to 6 hours to complete, depending on the support vehicle’s availability, time of day, or traffic conditions.

If you have waited more than 6 hours for a support officer, call the booting program to confirm your information, such as the location of your booted vehicle.

Once you have paid the total judgment debt and all fees and have removed the boot, you must take the boot within 24 hours to a return location. If you don't return the boot on time, you can be charged $25 a day in late fees, up to a maximum of $500 for 20 days.

If you can't return the boot within 24 hours, you should call the toll-free number on the notice to schedule a return time. For an additional $25 fee, you can make arrangements to have the boot picked up at a location designated by you.

BRONX
BP Gas Station
1360 Bruckner Boulevard
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
BP Gas Station
1930 Bartow Avenue
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
BP Gas Station
3804 Boston Road
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
BP Gas Station
481 East 163rd Street
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Mobil Gas Station
4201 Webster Avenue
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
BROOKLYN
Ken Ben Industries
1908 Shore Parkway
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Impark
500 4th Avenue
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Impark
353 4th Avenue
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Impark
169 North 11th Street
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Impark
185 Pacific Street
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Impark
105 Underhill Avenue
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
BP Gas Station
1049 Grand Street
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
BP Gas Station
756 Utica Avenue
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
BP Gas Station
1149 Utica Avenue
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
MANHATTAN
Impark
41 West 17th Street
Mon – Fri: 6 AM – 11 PM;
Sat – Sun: 7 AM – 11 PM
Impark
55 Water Street
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Impark
452 10th Avenue
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Impark
305 West 42nd Street
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Impark
750 6th Avenue
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Impark
60 East 12th Street
Mon – Sun: 6 AM – Midnight
Impark
215 West 125th Street
Mon – Fri: 6 AM – 8 PM
Impark
40 East 89th Street
Mon – Sun: 6 AM – Midnight
Impark
188 East 78th Street
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Impark
611 East 83rd Street
Mon – Sun: 6 AM – Midnight
Impark
422 East 78th Street
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Impark
1199 Park Avenue
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Impark
120-122 Under Metro North
Park Ave Viaduct
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Impark
105 South Street
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Impark
99 Charles Street
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Impark
222 West 14th Street
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Impark
200 West 79th Street
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Impark
330 East 75th Street
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Impark
155 West 70th Street
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Impark
211 West 56th Street
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
BP Gas Station
2326 1st Avenue
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
QUEENS
Impark
90-15 Parsons Boulevard
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Impark
92-30 165th Street
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Impark
90-02 168th Street, Lot 3
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Impark
89-35 162nd Street 
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Impark
92-77 Queens Boulevard
Mon – Sun: 6 AM – Midnight
Impark
95-25 Queens Boulevard
Mon – Fri: 6 AM – 7 PM;
Sat: 7 AM – 4 PM
BP Gas Station
134-30 Atlantic Avenue
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
BP Gas Station
148-12 Rockaway Boulevard
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
BP Gas Station
178-02 Union Turnpike
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
BP Gas Station
218-01 Northern Boulevard
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
BP Gas Station
241-15 Hillside Avenue
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
BP Gas Station
40-08 30th Avenue
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
BP Gas Station
99-51 Horace Harding Expressway
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
STATEN ISLAND
Impark
155 Richmond Terrace
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
BP Gas Station
6778 Hylan Boulevard
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
BP Gas Station
2990 Victory Boulevard
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

You can request a hearing for your parking and camera violations that have been in judgment less than one year. You should visit any DOF Business Center and request an in-person hearing. Any judgment violations that are paid are not eligible for a hearing.

To learn more about disputing a parking or camera violation, use the Parking Ticket or Camera Violation Dispute page.

If your vehicle was booted or towed by NYPD you have 30 days from the date of the violation to request a hearing. If the ticket that led to your vehicle being booted or towed is dismissed you can request a refund of the tow fee. 
 
To learn more about disputing a parking or camera violation, use the Parking Ticket or Camera Violation Dispute page.

You may be eligible to set up a payment plan so you can make a series of smaller payments over time instead of paying the full amount all at once.

To find out how to qualify for a payment plan, the owner of the vehicle must go to a DOF Business Center. No appointment is necessary, however you can schedule an appointment to ensure social distancing at the centers.

You must pay half of what you owe and all of the booting and towing fees and redeem your vehicle within 48 hours.

To learn more about payment plans, visit the Parking Ticket or Camera Violation Payment Plan page.

If you don’t pay within 48 hours of being booted (excluding weekends and holidays), the vehicle may be towed. You will be responsible for both booting and towing fees, if your vehicle is booted and then towed.

Your vehicle will be marked for an immediate tow by if:

  • Your vehicle has been booted while parked in a bus stop, No Standing/No Stopping zone, in front of a hydrant, double parked, or other public safety violations, or
  • You owe more than $2,500 parking judgment debt
  • Your vehicle was previously booted and the boot was removed illegally

Once the tow company has been notified to have a vehicle towed, a $70 to dispatch fee will be added, even if you pay the entire amount owed and the tow truck hasn't arrived at the location.

  • Agency: Department of Finance
  • Division: Booting Program
  • Phone Number: (646) 517-1000
  • Business Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week

Unclaimed Vehicle with Unpaid Debt

If you don't pay the judgement amount owed, plus associated fees, your vehicle will be auctioned. If the auction amount doesn't cover all of the judgment debt and fees, you will still owe the remaining amount.

If the judgment amount remains unpaid, the City can take other enforcement actions, such as garnishing your wages and restraining your bank accounts, as well as booting and towing other vehicles registered to you.

You may receive a courtesy email from DOF if you have previously paid a ticket for a vehicle with nearly $350 in unpaid parking or camera summons judgment debt.

The email warns you to take action to avoid having your vehicle booted or towed by paying or disputing the violations that are in judgment. The email lists the license plates of the vehicles with the judgment debt, but any vehicles registered to the same owner are subject to booting or towing, even if they aren't listed on the email or don't have any judgment debt.

You can contact the Booting Program if you have any questions or issues, including if:

  • You’ve waited more than 6 hours for a support officer to come to remove the boot
  • The code you were given doesn’t release the boot
  • You can’t return the boot within 24 hours after paying to release it and want to schedule a return time
  • For an additional fee, you can make arrangements to have the boot picked up at a location designated by you.

If you paid the Department of Finance before the boot was applied, but your payment has not yet been posted, you must either call the booting program, or go to a DOF Business Center with your proof.

  • Agency: Department of Finance
  • Division: Booting Program
  • Phone Number: (646) 517-1000
  • Business Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week