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Division of Finance and Administration


Adjudication (Parking Citations)

Parking regulations and guidelines are in effect and enforced to ensure the safe and orderly movement of traffic for the UC Merced community. Restricted spaces are enforced 24 hours, 7 days a week and may be designated and identified by the presence of posted signs, curb markings, parking space markings or other similar devices commonly used to indicate vehicle parking spaces.

Quick link to pay or appeal a citation:

How to pay parking citations:

Parking citations may be paid online, by mail or in person at the TAPS office by appointment only. You may pay your citation at the TAPS office with cash, check, CatDollars or money orders. Please email or call (209) 228-2483 to schedule an appointment.  For your convenience, you may pay your citation in person or online with your credit or debit card.

The University of California is authorized to enforce parking regulations and issue citations for violations pursuant to California Vehicle Code 21113. The parking and police personnel who write parking citations are mandated to carry out this authority by California Vehicle Code 40215 and 40230.

Citation revenues support UC Merced's alternative transportation program and shuttle services. Citation revenue is not used for the construction, operation, maintenance or administration of parking facilities.

There are three levels to adjudicating parking violations:

  • Level 1 consists of an appeal/administrative review completed by the Adjudication Department.
  • Level 2 consists of an administrative hearing completed by a qualified hearing examiner (mediator).
  • Level 3 consists of a court hearing at Merced County Superior Court.

Under no circumstances shall a personal relationship with any officer, public official or law enforcement agency be grounds for cancellation.

Appeal Process

Any comments or questions?

Email or call (209) 228-2483.