Pay Via App to Park in Raleigh

The City of Raleigh sent out this press release. As you may know, they did a pilot with app-paid parking around Hillsborough Street. You can hear more about that in our interview with Gordon Dash, the parking administrator. Soon, you can use the app for all Raleigh parking:


City of Raleigh to Launch Passport Parking App this Fall

Park. Pay and be on your way!

After a successful Hillsborough Street pilot, the City of Raleigh is preparing to launch the Passport Parking app city-wide. The parking app allows drivers to purchase metered parking from their phones.

“We are very excited about the recent support and approval from our City Council for the deployment of the Passport Mobile App to our greater downtown area.” We want to improve the parking experience for our customers through user-friendly technologies,” said Transportation Assistant Director, Paul Kallam.

The new parking app is being introduced as an easier, more convenient option for drivers to pay for and keep track of their parking. Users can manage everything from their phones while also helping avoid parking citations. Traditional forms of payment such as credit card and coins will still be accepted at the pay stations.

Other benefits of the Passport Parking app include:

  • Extend parking sessions remotely (up to the maximum allotted time)
  • Get reminders when a parking session is about to expire
  • Keep track of all parking history
  • Receive email receipts
  • Get updates and alerts


“We’re very excited to expand Passport’s partnership throughout the City of Raleigh,” said Passport Director Kelsey Owens. “This technology provides parkers with a way to pay for parking with more convenience and ease. Passport’s app allows users to extend their sessions from wherever they may be, so they can enjoy the City at their own pace.”

Passport Parking has been available at the North Carolina State University campus since 2015.

As a part of the City’s four-month program, the app was piloted at on-street parking locations in the Hillsborough Street area where signage was displayed. The area included Hillsborough and Oberlin Streets to Hillsborough and Concord Streets and some adjacent side streets. Passport signage will indicate how users can download and get started with the app.

The Passport Parking app is free to download from the iPhone App Store and Android Google Play. Users can also manage their parking online on the PassportParking website.

For more information, go to and search “Passport”

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  1. I like the idea of having a parking app to find a parking spot, and to extend a parking session. That to me is an excellent app that will be useful for society. I would be very interested in getting a parking app on my phone.

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