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Keep city letters with link codes; Residential parking permit renewals as well as pre-June 24 citations will be payable online

Berkeley, California (Friday, June 28, 2019) - We're launching our new online parking management system on July 22, allowing us time to verify data and take other steps for a new system.

The new system will allow people to renew online for residential parking permits, which will use license plates instead of stickers to track which cars qualify for each of the city's 16 designated residential parking zones.

Switching from a paper and sticker based system to an innovative, license plate-based solution - the first of its kind in the Bay Area - is complex. But there are some steps you can take to prepare for July 22.

Keep an eye out for letters from the City that will have link codes for each car - and save them. If you have multiple cars, you'll need all letters. Use those link codes to apply or renew at cityofberkeley.info/rpp starting July 22 and by August 31 - the last day 2018-19 residential parking permits will be honored.

The top of the letter will say your license plate number as well as "unique identifier (link code)."

For citations issued on June 24 or later, the new parking management portal already allows people to instantly pay citations, another new feature. For these, current citations, deadlines are not suspended, and the escalation dates still apply.

For those who received citations before June 24, payments online will also start on July 22. For citations issued before June 24, deadlines are suspended and they will not incur additional penalties during that time. You can pay by check for those citations, though they will not process until after July 22.

New permit holders will be able to use this portal on July 22 to upload documents. In the fall, residents will also be able to purchase 1- and 14-day temporary permits online. Both new residential permits and temporary permits previously required visits to the City's Customer Service Center. You can still apply or renew in person at the service center, where you can also get temporary permits.

If you have questions, you can call 1-844-855-2333.

Effective September 1, license plates will be permits in designated residential permit neighborhoods. Our new online portal will let you look up whether you're in a residential permit neighborhood and also whether your neighborhood qualifies to apply for the program.

Parking enforcement officers have been using license plate recognition technology since 2016. Our privacy policy is that no data is kept for more than 30 days unless we take action, such as through a citation or violation found. Violation data is kept for 1 year. This database is a closed system, unlinked to any other database, such as DMV databases.


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