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How long do I have to pay a parking ticket in Oakland, CA?

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You have 21 days from the issue date of a parking ticket in Oakland, CA. The issue date is the date written on the ticket; it is not the date that you saw the ticket.

Does the city of Oakland offer any payment plan option for parking ticket payments?

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The City of Oakland offers two Parking Ticket Payment Plans:

1) Income Driven Payment Plan, for individuals who receive public benefits and have verify low income status.
2) Traditional Payment Plan, that can help you avoid booting, towing, and registration problems.

You can get more information about them here

What happens if I don't pay my parking ticket in Oakland, CA?

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Failure to pay or challenge a ticket can lead to more fines. Your car may also get booted or towed. You will not be able to re-register your car until all tickets and fees are paid.

What are the payment options for paying my parking ticket in Oakland, CA?

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You have the following options to pay your Oakland City parking tickets: 

  • Pay by Phone: You can call the Oakland City's 24/7 Parking Citation Assistance Center at (800) 500-6484 to pay with a credit or debit card.
  • Pay by Mail: You can mail your ticket and a check or money order made to "City of Oakland" for the full amount to:

    Parking Citation Payment Processing Center
    PO Box 54916
    Los Angeles, CA 90054

    It is recommended that you always keep a copy of your ticket and check number for your records.
  • Pay In Person: Walk in payments can be made at the Parking Citation Assistance Center located in the same plaza as Oakland City Hall. The address is:

    250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 6300
    Oakland, CA 94612

    The center accepts credit or debit card, check, money order and cash. They are open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

How much does a business license cost?

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A $95 registration fee must be paid and filed within 30 days of starting your business. If you file your registration later than 30 days after you start your business, you will need to pay a small penalty plus interest for each month beyond the 30 days. 

Are there any requirements to apply for a business license?

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Oakland based businesses should obtain a Zoning Clearance prior to applying for a Business Tax Certificate/License. If you are a seller of wholesale or retail goods, you are required to apply for a California Seller’s Permit.

Both the Seller’s Permit and the Zoning Clearance should be listed on the Business Tax Application. 

Where can I find the list of all guidance documents issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH)?

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You can find all the guidance documents issued by CDPH here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Guidance.aspx

Where can I find daily updates issued by the CDPH?

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You can follow the daily updates on COVID-19 issued by CDPH here.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

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The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell.

Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.

People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

Where can I find more information about all the cases in the US?

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You can find a detailed map with the spread of the cases here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html

What should I do if I am sick?

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If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

You can read more about what the CDC recommends here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html

Will a minor need a REAL ID card to board a domestic flight?

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TSA does not require children (under 18) to provide identification when traveling with a companion within the United States. The companion will need acceptable identification. For a current list, visit TSA’s website at https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification.

Is REAL ID mandatory?

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No. The federal compliant REAL ID driver license or ID card is optional.

If you have a valid U.S. passport or U.S. passport card, military ID, or other federally approved identification, you may use this it as your form of identification to board a domestic flight or enter certain federal facilities after the new federal requirements begin October 1, 2020.  

If you know you will not be boarding a domestic flight or visiting a secure federal facility or military base, you do not need a REAL ID driver license or ID card.

You do not need a REAL ID driver license or ID card to do any of the following:

  • Apply for or receive federal benefits (Veterans Affairs, Social Security Administration, etc.)
  • Enter a post office or other federal facility that does not require identification.
  • Visit a hospital or receive life-saving services
  • Ride Amtrak or other public ground transportation

You will need a REAL ID driver license or ID card if you want to continue using your driver license or ID card to do any of the following:

  • Board a domestic flight starting October 1, 2020.
  • Enter secure federal facilities or military bases starting October 1, 2020. (Note: Check with the federal facility/military base before your visit to verify their identification requirements.)
  • Purchase firearms or ammunition. (Note: Check with the firearms dealer you plan to visit to verify their identification requirements)

Who can register to vote?

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To register to vote in California, you must be:

  • A United States citizen and a resident of California
  • 18 years old or older on Election Day
  • Not currently in state or federal prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony
  • Not prohibited from voting by a court because of mental incompetency 

What do I need to register online?

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To register online, you will need:

  • Your California driver license or California identification card number,
  • The last four digits of your social security number and
  • Your date of birth.

Your information will be provided to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to retrieve a copy of your DMV signature.

If you do not have a California driver license or California identification card, you can still use this form to apply to register to vote by completing the online interview by 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time on the 15th calendar day before an election.

What are the eligibility requirements to file Unemployment Insurance Claim in the State of California?

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To receive Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefit payments in California, you must meet all eligibility requirements when filing a claim and when certifying for benefits. 

When filing for UI benefits in California, you must have earned enough wages during the base period to establish a claim, and be:

  • Totally or partially unemployed.
  • Unemployed through no fault of your own.
  • Physically able to work.
  • Available for work.
  • Ready and willing to accept work immediately.
  • Actively looking for work.

A base period is a specific 12-month term the EDD uses to see if you earned enough wages to establish a UI claim. 

How much UI claim can I receive in the State of California?

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In the state of California, your weekly UI benefit amount can range from $40 to $450 per week. The California Economic Development Department will verify your eligibility and wage information to determine your weekly benefit amount (WBA).

You can also get an estimate using this UI calculator

How to Renew Business License Online in the City of Oakland?

You can access all the information on how to Renew Business License Online here.

How to Renew Your Residential Parking Permit Online in the City of Oakland?

You can access all the information on how to Renew Your Residential Parking Permit Online here.

How to Reserve a Sports Field Online in the City of Oakland?

You can access all the information on how to Reserve a Sports Field Online here.

How to Pay for Parking Citation Online in the City of Oakland?

You can access all the information on how to Pay for Parking Citation Online here.

How to Apply for a Business License Online in the City of Oakland?

You can access all the information on how to Apply for a Business License Online here.

How to Apply for a Residential Parking Permit Online in the City of Oakland?

You can access all the information on how to Apply for a Residential Parking Permit Online here.

How to Challenge a Parking Ticket Online in the City of Oakland?

You can access all the information on how to Challenge a Parking Ticket Online here.

How to Apply for a Death Certificate Online in the City of Oakland?

You can access all the information on how to Apply for a Death Certificate Online here.

How to Pay Prior Year Delinquent Tax Online in the City of Oakland?

You can access all the information on how to Pay Prior Year Delinquent Tax Online here.

How to Apply for Marriage Certificate Online in the City of Oakland?

You can access all the information on how to Apply for Marriage Certificate Online here.

How to Pay Supplemental Property Tax Online in the City of Oakland?

You can access all the information on how to Pay Supplemental Property Tax Online here.

How to Pay Secured Property Tax Online in the City of Oakland?

You can access all the information on how to Pay Secured Property Tax Online here.

How to Pay Unsecured Property Tax Online in the City of Oakland?

You can access all the information on how to Pay Unsecured Property Tax Online here.

How to Apply for a Birth Certificate Online in the City of Oakland?

You can access all the information on how to Apply for a Birth Certificate Online here.

How to Pay for Traffic Citation Online in the City of Oakland?

You can access all the information on how to Pay for Traffic Citation Online here.

How to Register Fictitious Business Name Online in the City of Oakland?

You can access all the information on how to Register Fictitious Business Name Online here.

How to Corona COVID-19 Response Online in the City of Oakland?

You can access all the information on how to Corona COVID-19 Response Online here.

How to Apply for SNAP Online in the City of Oakland?

You can access all the information on how to Apply for SNAP Online here.

How to Apply for Real ID Online in the City of Oakland?

You can access all the information on how to Apply for Real ID Online here.

How to Pay State Income Taxes Online in the City of Oakland?

You can access all the information on how to Pay State Income Taxes Online here.

How to Register to Vote Online in the City of Oakland?

You can access all the information on how to Register to Vote Online here.

How to Apply for Unemployment Insurance Claim Online in the City of Oakland?

You can access all the information on how to Apply for Unemployment Insurance Claim Online here.

How to Renew Vehicle Registration Online in the City of Oakland?

You can access all the information on how to Renew Vehicle Registration Online here.

How to Renew Drivers License Online in the City of Oakland?

You can access all the information on how to Renew Drivers License Online here.

How to Renew Vehicle Registration Online in the City of Oakland?

You can access all the information on how to Renew Vehicle Registration Online here.

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