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.
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.
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.
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.