Pay-By-Plate Is Changing the Way We Look At The Parking Industry

More and more towns and cities all over the country have started to switch over to the more efficient and convenient “pay-by-plate” parking. If you have not yet considered this new wave of innovation, you should think about jumping on this bandwagon.

Pay-by-plate is a paperless method for parking payments. It works by using the license plate number on the vehicle, rather than displaying the receipt or ticket to confirm that the parking fee has been paid. By using a machine near the parking lot, drivers can pay by entering their license plate number and designating the amount of time it will be parked there.

How it Works

When a driver enters their license plate number, it is not cross-referenced with police databases for vehicle registrations. No information is captured when someone pays-by-plate at the machine. The parking officers simply check the plates of cars parked in a particular lot to ensure that they have paid and that the parking session is valid. A driver may pay on the machine and leave the car there until departure.

Payment Options

At most pay-by-plate parking machines, drivers can pay by credit, debit or change. Cash bills may not be accepted at most pay-by-plate machines. Occasionally, there will be a fee for a debit or credit transaction. All major cards are accepted, and drivers can pay with Visa PayWave or the Mastercard PayPass card at select machines.

License Number

If a driver inputs the incorrect license plate number, they could be subject to a citation. If the plate number in the system is wrong, there is no way to ensure the driver’s parking is valid. When the plate number is entered, the machine will display a confirmation screen to show the number and time selected, indicating that the transaction has been finalized.

Parking Time

A driver can go to any pay-by-plate machine within your parking lot to check how much parking time they have left. They simply enter their license plate number to check the remaining time or extend the time. Enter the number and follow the on-screen instructions to add payment. A driver can pay for any amount of time that is within the restrictions of your parking lot. If a driver is parked beyond the time restriction, a citation may be warranted.


No receipt is necessary unless the driver needs it. The pay-by-plate machines will not automatically issue any. If a person does require a receipt, an e-receipt will be readily available by e-mail.

For more information on the efficiency of pay-by-plate parking enforcement – contact the team at Complus Data Innovations. We’re here to help municipalities seamlessly integrate the latest parking innovations into their town management practices.