Press Permits

Press Vehicle Parking Permits may be issued to news organizations, media outlets, freelance reporters or photographers with a current Press Pass issued by the San Francisco Police Department. 

Use

The SFMTA Press Parking Permit exempts the holder from parking restrictions at standard parking meters, green zones, white zones, time limited parking and residential permit parking areas while actively engaged in news gathering activities. See the Press Permit Fact Sheet for more information.

Annual Fee: $60.00 ( ($62 effective 7/1/2017)

Restrictions

Press Vehicle Parking Permits are only available for members of the newsgathering media who are required to cover breaking news and to pass through police and fire lines on a regular basis. Feature writers and photographers, editors and editorialists, producers, freelance writers, financial service broadcasters, and all staff not actively gathering news at the scene of an incident are not eligible.

Standard parking restrictions apply, including, but not limited to, truck loading and commercial zones (yellow metered and unmetered zones), red zones, and no parking and no stopping zones. Vehicles cannot block crosswalks, fire hydrants, disabled ramps, or park on any portion of the sidewalk. Vehicles will be subject to citation if permit is not properly displayed from rear view mirror of vehicle to which it is assigned, or if used for parking within ½ mile of employee’s place of employment or residence. A permit may be revoked at any time for misuse and future permits may be restricted.

Requirements

You must first obtain a press pass from the San Francisco Police Department’s Media Relations Unit.  Visit 850 Bryant Street, Room 553 to apply for and receive your press pass. You will need to bring (2) 1" x 1" color photos of yourself.  Any questions should be directed to sfpdmediarelations@sfgov.org or call 415.553.1651. SFMTA will verify all Press Vehicle Parking Permit applications with SFPD's most recent list of press pass holders.

Application

Fill out the online application.  If you experience any trouble with the online application you can request a paper version by emailing cityparkingpermits@sfmta.com.

SFMTA staff will contact you upon receipt of your application to coordinate payment and pickup/delivery.

Press Parking Permits are issued throughout the year, but all permits expire on December 31st.  Complete your application early to ensure you receive your permit(s) before January 1. 

Lost/Stolen or Temporary Permits 

Report lost and stolen passes immediately to cityparkingpermits@sfmta.com. Replacement passes will be subject to the annual fee.