Where Can You Buy a Parking Card?

Posted on December 11, 2012 | by Denny Oh

Parkingmetercard***Updated Information Below***

Are you wondering what that little white and blue card is, that all those people are putting into the parking meters?  Are you tired of carrying coins around when youre going Downtown?  Well if you havent figured it out already, you can buy parking meter cards.


These cards are like debit cards and can be used over and over throughout Downtown San Diego.  Once youve purchased one, all you have to do is put it in a meter, wait for the desired amount of time to register on the meter, then pull it out.  When youre done shopping, eating or whatever, just come back to the meter, put the card back in and collect the remaining time.  Just keep in mind, if theres any time on the meter before you put the card in, you cant retrieve the remaining time when youre ready to leave(otherwise people would go around town, stealing peoples meter time).

The parking meter cards can be purchased for $10 or $45 dollars and you must pay by cash, or check “ no credit cards(although this may have changed at some locations).  You can also reload a card, up to $49.  Id strongly suggest you call ahead, to make sure they have cards and/or they can refill your card.

For those of us who spend a lot of time Downtown and drive, these parking meter cards are life savers.  I keep one in my wallet, one in my car and one at my officejust in case I run out.

See below for the nearest location:

Parking Administration
1010 Second Ave., Sixth Floor, West Tower
San Diego, CA 92101
(866) 470-1308

Centre City Development Corporation (CCDC)
401 “B” Street, Suite 400
San Diego, CA 92101
Tel: 619-235-2200 (Please call first)

El Cajon Blvd. BID
3727 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92104
[call first] (619) 283-3608

University Heights CDC
4452 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92103
[call first] (619) 297-3166

California Western School of Law
225 Cedar Street
San Diego, CA 92101

Hillcrest ACE Hardware
1007 University Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 291-5988
Mon-Fri 8-8, Sat 9-6, Sun 9-6

Suki Day Spa (Downtown)
541 4th Ave.
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

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  1. Steve says:

    Yo, good artical, those are awesome.

    I request your next blog be an idiot’s guide to this whole financial mess. WaMu now too? WTF


    ps google reader is a great way to stay up on blogs, just discovered it.

  2. Denny Oh says:

    Thanks Steve. The parking cards are prety awesome – as for the financial mess, I’ll leave that up to GW to explain. I think he’d be good at writing an Idiot’s Guide.

    And yes, Google Reader is good – there’s a ton of readers you can use to get all your blog subscriptions.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Your website lists incorrect information about how to purchase a parking card. None of these locations are accurate. Please remove this information. We receive many visitors at our office looking for parking cards and we do not sell the.

  5. Denny Oh says:

    Thanks for letting me know. I’ve updated the locations

  6. Irene says:

    Hey Denny Oh,
    How to we reload more money onto a card I already bought?

  7. Denny Oh says:

    Hi Irene – they’ve changed the locations, but I’d check with wherever you purchased your card

  8. Nancy Firenze says:

    Went to one of your businesses listed above and they said the program has been canceled. You can no longer purchase debit cards for the city.

  9. Denny Oh says:

    Hi Nancy – thanks for the update. I wrote the article back in 2012 and I guess they’ve discontinued the service. I haven’t looked into it myself.