Hillcrest Ace Hardware
1003 University Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103
Phone: (619) 291-5988
Fax: (619) 291-5987

City Parking Cards

City of San Diego Pre-Paid Parking Meter Cards are available in two increments: $10 and $45.

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.
  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.