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The Mission Hills BID utilizes smart meters, which allow for payment by credit card. Another alternative form of payment, however, is pre-paid parking meter cards. These cards allow you to pay for time at a meter as well as the ability to get a refund for unused time. The helpful information below was provided by the Uptown Community Parking District.

How does a Pre-Paid Parking Meter work?

The instructions for using a Pre-Paid Parking Meter Card can be found on the card directly.

  1. Insert the card into the card slot on the parking meter. The card slot is near the coin slot.san-diego-parking-meter-pre-paid-card
  2. Insert the card in the direction shown by an arrow on the card. The arrow side will face slightly up.
  3. The dollar balance (credit available) on the card will flash 4 times.
  4. The parking meter will display time increments in 5-minute segments.
  5. When the desired time is displayed on the parking meter, remove the card from the parking meter. The time you have purchased will post on the meter.

Can I get a refund if I purchase too much time on a meter?

Yes. In order to do so, follow these instructions:

  1. Insert the same card you used to purchase the time back into the parking meter.
  2. The current dollar balance (credit available) on the card will flash 4 times.
  3. The parking meter will credit back your card for every full 6-minute increment remaining on the parking meter.
  4. Credit increments of less than 6-minutes will be lost.
  5. The credit display on the parking meter will return to zero. Remove the card from the parking meter.

NOTE: Multi-Space Pay and Display stations do not refund unused time.

Where can I purchase a Pre-Paid Parking Meter Card?

Below is a list of locations where you may purchase Pre-Paid Parking Meter Cards. You are highly encouraged to call ahead to verify business hours and to ensure cards are available.

Parking Administration
Plaza Hall
202 C Street
San Diego  CA  92101
(866) 470-1308

Civic San Diego
401 B Street, Suite 400
San Diego CA  92101
(619) 235-2200

Ace Hardware – Hillcrest
1007 University Ave
San Diego CA 92103
(619) 291-5988

Suki Day Spa (Downtown)
541 4th Avenue
San Diego  CA  92101
(619) 338-8088

Suki Day Spa (Kearny Mesa)
4625 Convoy Street, Suite B
San Diego  CA   92111
(858) 560-3333

Suki Day Spa
4125 Mission Blvd.
San Diego  CA  92109
(858)560-3333