Your vehicle can be booted by the Department of Finance’s booting program if you owe more than $350 of parking ticket and/or camera violation judgment debt. 

The boot is a green metal clamping device with a keypad that 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 was 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 may be towed. You will be responsible for both booting and towing fees, if your vehicle is booted and then towed.

Note: boots without keypads are NYPD boots and the process for removal and the booting fees are different than the DOF booting program.

Learn more about the vehicle booting program.

The fees for booting are:

  • $159 for the boot (on or before October 31, 2019) or $136 (on or after November 1, 2019)
  • $80 for the Sheriff/Marshal execution fee
  • 5% of the total amount of all other fines and fees

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.

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: DOF 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. For locations, visit the DOF Business Center page.

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

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.

Booted or Towed on or after November 1, 2019

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 Avenue
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
 

Booted or Towed on or before October 31, 2019

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.

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. 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 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 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 may be towed.
  • 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 DOF boot. If the boot doesn’t have a keypad it is an NYPD boot.

Call 311 for assistance.

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

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 $70 tow dispatch fee.

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

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

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

NYPD boots do not have a keypad like the boots in the Department of Finance (DOF)’s booting program. DOF’s booting program can’t help you if you have been booted by the Police Department.

The booting fee is $185.

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.

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

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.

Booted or Towed on or after November 1, 2019

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

Booted or Towed on or before October 31, 2019

This includes if you were booted on/before October 31, 2019 and towed on/after November 1, 2019.

Call 311 for assistance.