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New Meters: Pay-by-Plate in OKC

A new way to pay has arrived in downtown Oklahoma City! EMBARK is replacing the pay-and-display system with pay-by-plate. This new system allows the driver to pay at the meter that is on the way to their destination without having to return to their vehicle to display a receipt making on-street parking downtown a more user-friendly and efficient system.

Quick Facts

  • All on-street parking zones now have a 2-hour maximum. 
  • The vehicle license plate number is required in order to pay for parking.
  • Meters are strictly enforced 8  a.m. – 6 p.m. weekdays (except public holidays).
  • Handicap parking is available in each zone. Parkers must observe the allowable max time for each zone.
  • The machines accept cards or coins. Cash and American Express are not accepted. 

How to use the new meters

  1. Be sure to know your license plate number. If it helps, take a picture of it.
  2. When you arrive at the meter, press the start key.
  3. Enter your license plate number. No dashes or spaces needed.
  4. If you're paying with a card, use the + or - keys to select the desired amount of time, up to 2-hours.
  5. If you pay with coins, insert the amount to pay for the desired time you will be parked. 
  6. Finally, take your receipt. No need to go back to your car and display it!


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