Text Before Tow Program

Sign-up to get a text message when your vehicle is at risk of being towed for the following violations:

  • 72 Hour Parking (Abandoned Vehicles)
  • Blocked Driveways
  • Construction Zone Parking
  • Temporary No Parking for Special Events and Moving Trucks

This program does not apply to peak tow-away, yellow or white zones, hazards or any other parking violations.

Applicants are limited to one phone number per license plate. 

Complete this form to enroll your vehicle in the Text Before Tow Program


What Happens Next

Once your vehicle is enrolled, if a Parking Control Officer finds your vehicle in violation of one of the regulations, a text message will be sent to alert you that your vehicle is subject to towing.

Your vehicle will still receive a citation for violation, however this service may prevent vehicles from being towed by giving you time to move your vehicle before a tow truck arrives. A tow truck will be dispatched in conjunction with the text message notification and could be there in as few as five minutes. Once a vehicle is hooked up to a tow truck the tow cannot be stopped.

Harassment of SFMTA or its contractor staff will result in immediate termination from the program and may result in criminal prosecution.

This program is provided as a courtesy only. The SFMTA cannot guarantee the delivery or receipt of text messages. Failure to receive a text message cannot be used as a basis for a citation or tow refund. 



Operators of large fleets can enroll all their vehicles and assign one contact to receive the updates. Please complete this form to enroll your fleet.