If you owe more than $350 for parking tickets or red light or bus lane camera violations in judgment, your vehicle can be booted.

The boot is a yellow metal clamping device that is attached to one of the four wheels to prevent a vehicle from moving. Booting is actually faster, easier, and more convenient than towing for registered owners because they do not have to go to another location to get their vehicle released.

When a vehicle is booted, a notice will be placed under the windshield wiper on the driver's side. For the vehicle to be released, booting charges have to be paid in addition to the balance of parking tickets or camera violation judgments, interest, and fees.

Booting Fees

The fees for booting are:

  • $159 for the boot
  • $80 for the Sheriff/Marshal execution fee
  • 5% of the total amount of all other fines and fee

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

Damaged Boot

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.

NYPD Boot

Boots without keypads are NYPD boots and the process for removal and the booting fee are different from the Department of Finance (DOF) booting program.

Unclaimed Vehicle with Unpaid Debt

You must pay your judgment debt along with the booting fees within 48 hours of being booted, excluding weekends and holidays.

If you don't pay, the booted vehicle may be towed. You will be responsible for both booting and towing fees, if your vehicle is booted and then towed.

If you don't claim your towed vehicle, it can be auctioned. If the auction amount doesn't cover all of the fines and fees, you will still owe the remaining amount. 

The City can take other enforcement actions, such as garnishing your wages and restraining your bank accounts, if the amount remains unpaid.

Boot or Tow Warning Email

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 tickets that are in judgment. The email lists the license plate of the vehicle 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.

Call 311 for assistance.

You must pay your judgment debt along with the booting fees within 48 hours of being booted, excluding weekends and holidays; if you do not, the booted vehicle may be towed.

By Phone

You can call the toll-free telephone number on the notice and pay by credit or debit card, electronic check, or pre-paid card with a credit card logo.

In Person

You can go to a DOF Business Center and pay by cash, check, money order, or credit, debit or pre-paid card. For locations, visit the DOF Business Center page.

Payment Plan

To find out how to qualify for a payment plan, the owner of the vehicle must go to a DOF Business Center with his or her valid, current driver's license, registration stub and insurance card for that vehicle and pay all the fees and half the judgment debt. To learn more about payment plans, visit the Parking Ticket or Camera Violation Payment Plan page.

Payment Not Yet Posted

If you paid the booting company but your payment has not yet been posted, you need to either call the toll-free number for the booting program, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or go to a DOF Business Center with your proof.

When you call the toll-free number for the booting program, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and pay, you will be given a release number to plug into the booting device. You will then be able to take it off.

If you paid at a DOF Business Center, when you return to your vehicle, you can call the toll-free number that is on the notice. If you do so, a customer service representative will verify ownership of a valid credit card and then give you the release code.

If you pay at a DOF Business Center and don't call the toll-free number, a support officer will come to your vehicle to release and remove the boot 2 to 6 hours after you have paid.

If you have waited more than 6 hours for a support officer, or the code you were given does not release the boot, call the booting program to confirm your information, such as the location of your booted vehicle or the release code.

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.

Bronx

Pay-O-Matic
3480 Baychester Avenue (at Boston Road)
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Pay-O-Matic
1865 Bruckner Boulevard (between Underhill and Leland Avenues)
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Brooklyn

Williamsburg Service Center
713 Kent Avenue (between Penn Street and Classon Avenue)
Mon - Thurs: 24 hours a day; Fri: 12 AM - sundown; Sat: sundown - midnight

Kings County Hospital Parking Garage
581 Clarkson Avenue (between East 40th Street and East 39th Street)
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Ken Ben
1908 Shore Parkway (between 26th Avenue and Bay 43 Street)
Mon - Sat: 7 AM - midnight

Manhattan

Little Man Parking
300 West 135 Street (between Edgecombe and Eighth Avenues)
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Little Man Parking
220 East 9 Street (between Second Avenue and Stuyvesant Street)
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Shell Gas Station
1855 First Avenue (between East 95th and East 96th Streets)
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Queens

Pay-O-Matic
102-26 Atlantic Avenue (between 102nd and 104th Streets)
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Pay-O-Matic
99-25 Horace Harding Expressway (between 99th Street and LIE Exit 20 Westbound)
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Pay-O-Matic
160-39 Rockaway Boulevard (between 144th Terrace and 145th Avenue)
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Staten Island

Ace Discount Tires
132 Morningstar Road (at the corner of Innis Street)
Mon - Fri: 8 AM - 6 PM; Sat - Sun: 9 AM - 2 PM

Pay-O-Matic
2510 Hylan Boulevard (between New Dorp Lane and Coddington Avenue)
Mon - Wed, Sat: 8 AM - 6 PM; Thu - Fri: 8 AM - 8 PM

You can request a hearing for your parking and camera violations that have been in judgment less than one year. If you have been booted incorrectly, you can request a refund of your payment, including the booting fees.

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

The New York Police Department (NYPD) also boots illegally parked vehicles in Manhattan.

The booting fee is $185.

NYPD boots do not have a keypad like the boots do in the Department of Finance booting program.

The Department of Finance Booting Program cannot help you if you have been booted by the Police Department.

Follow the instructions on the notice placed on your vehicle's windshield, which states that you must call or visit the Manhattan Tow Pound at Pier 76:

Call 311 for assistance.

Your vehicle will be marked for an immediate tow 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

Once the tow company has been notified to have a vehicle towed, even if you pay the entire amount owed and the tow truck hasn't arrived at the location, you will be charged an additional $67.50 tow dispatch fee.

Call 311 for assistance.