Published on May 10th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


The City of Columbia is Now Accepting Online Payments for Parking Citations

The City of Columbia Parking Services Department is working with T2 Systems and South Carolina Interactive to develop a real time payment system which offers those receiving citations to pay them online within minutes of receiving them.

Parking Services has installed new software and wireless citation writing devices to make payments easier for members of the public receiving citations.

Customers may go to for a link to the payment site or go directly to to make payments. To pay a citation, the license tag of the vehicle and an unpaid citation number will be needed.

“This is a program we have been working on for some time,” said City Parking Services Director John David Spade. “We spent a lot of time working on a solution which is highly secure and which allows someone to pay a citation online within minutes of receiving one.”

When an enforcement monitor issues a citation, that data is transmitted wirelessly to T2 Systems, the cloud-based service provider used by the City. That citation may be paid at any time after it is written. Payments can be made online, by mail, or in person at 1136 Washington St. or 820 Washington St.

“The total price which will be charged to customers paying online includes funds used to develop, maintain, enhance and expand the electronic payment service they are being offered,” Spade said.

Additional enhancements for parking customers are scheduled to roll out in the coming months. By the end of June, Spade expects the pay by cell service offered by Passport Parking to be up and running. This will allow parkers to pay for metered parking spaces by phone or by using Passport’s phone app.

“We will also be adding features to our online payment system,” Spade said. “The first new feature will allow customers to log in to see their account history for the past three years.” Currently, only unpaid citations will be listed.

For those who have questions about these parking programs, Spade suggests calling the Parking Services Customer Center at 545-4015.



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