Text people via their license plate #

Helping neighbors avoid the pitfalls of parking in San Francisco

Register your vehicle so you can receive CurbTXTs

1. Free Download

Download the PDF to print your own stickers at home, totally free.

2. By Mail

If you'd like us to send a sticker made with love from the finest vinyl to your door, please complete the sticker request form below. Since we're a self-funded community startup, we'd like to ask for a small donation to help cover some of our costs. Your support will allow us to develop new CurbTXT features and raise awareness in your community. And your snazzy sticker will also let your neighbors know you're one of the earliest supporters of this community-based service.

Why use CurbTXT?

A lot of things can go wrong when parking your car in the city. We think instant, direct, and anonymous communication can alleviate a lot of the parking issues people have with their vehicles and the vehicles of others. Before CurbTXT, no one could reach you if your left your car’s lights on or you were accidentally blocking their driveway, unless they knew you and your car. Now with CurbTXT, neighbors are helping each other make parking in the city a little easier.

I registered my license plate. Now what?

Awesome! First: save the CurbTXT number (415.529.5775) in your phone so you can access it and recognize it easily. Second: affix the CurbTXT sticker next to your rear license plate so your neighbors know to alert you if there’s an issue with your ride. Need a sticker? Go here to get one.

How do I send a CurbTXT to someone else?

Text their license plate--starting with the state abbreviation--of the vehicle you want to alert to the universal CurbTXT phone number (415.529.5775), followed by your message. For example: “CA3214567 you’re blocking my driveway - pls move” and then SEND.

Do I have to register to send CurbTXTs or install something on my smartphone?

Nope! Anyone with a cell phone (capable of sending text messages) can send a CurbTXT to a registered neighbor. See the previous question for details on how to send a CurbTXT.

Where can I get a CurbTXT sticker for my vehicle?

There are two ways to get your hands on a sticker: you can print your own at home for free or, if you make a small donation, we’ll mail you one. Go here for more details.

So I don’t need to own a car or motorcycle to use CurbTXT?

That’s correct! Regardless of whether or not you’re a vehicle owner you can still send alerts. Anyone with a mobile phone capable of sending text messages can help our community avoid frustrating parking situations which result in nasty notes, expensive parking tickets, or towing. Like the adage goes, “If you see something, say something.”

What happens if I send an alert to a license plate that isn’t registered with CurbTXT?

If the vehicle isn’t registered, CurbTXT will text you back immediately to let you know that your message was not received. Remember: CurbTXT users should indicate that their vehicle is registered by attaching the CurbTXT sticker near their rear plate.

If I CurbTXT a license plate, will the recipient see my phone number in the text message?

No. CurbTXT is completely anonymous. The text alert will contain only the contents of your message. However you may include your contact info in the message if you wish to get a direct reply. For example, if you hit a parked car and it’s registered with CurbTXT, you might want to send them a message with your contact info instead of leaving a note.

Can I text a reply to a CurbTXT I received?

A CurbTXT alert is anonymous AND a one-way communication channel. Only if the sender includes his or her contact information and/or name in the message will you be able to reach that person or know who sent it.

How many phone #’s can I link to my vehicle?

For now, only one phone number can be linked to a license plate #. In addition, only one license plate # can be linked to a cell phone. If you own many vehicles, and are curious about registering multiple vehicles to one number, please contact info@curbtxt.com with your inquiry.

How does CurbTXT protect against users sending me inappropriate CurbTXT messages?

If you believe you have received an inappropriate CurbTXT, simply text “#block” to block the user and flag the message. CurbTXT will investigate any users sending inappropriate messages and keep a record of it. As a community organization, CurbTXT will not tolerate abuse of the service, and we rely on users reporting abuse to keep the service functioning properly.

How do I stop receiving CurbTXT messages?

Text “#stop” to CurbTXT and you’ll no longer receive CurbTXTs. Make sure to remove the sticker from your vehicle.

Do I ever have to worry about my car again?

Not if you and your neighbors sign up for CurbTXT and we all look out for each other! Why call the city and tow a car if you can reach the driver? It’s easier than ever to be a good neighbor, so spread the word about CurbTXT. If we can work together and communicate in San Francisco, we can do it anywhere.


Shoot us an email at info@curbtxt.com.

Want to help CurbTXT grow in your neighborhood?

We'd like to hear from you. Email us at community@curbtxt.com and we'll be in touch.

Media inquiries?

Contact Alex at press@curbtxt.com

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Read about CurbTXT in the press:

Source Date Story
Jan 28, 2013
Save bagillions of dollars on parking tickets via text
Yahoo Voices
Jan 28, 2013
CurbTxT Allows for Texting to License Plate Number
GasBuddy Blog
Jan 27, 2013
Text a stranger... using their license plate!
Jan 26, 2013
CurbTXT enables communication with owners of parked cars
Digital Trends
Jan 25, 2013
Don’t leave an angry note on the car, save a tree and send them an anonymous text instead
Jan 25, 2013
CurbTXT lets San Franciscans communicate via license plates
Jan 25, 2013
Communicate With Other Drivers Through Their License Plate Number
Jan 25, 2013
The Answer to Passive-Agressive Parking Notes
PowerBlock Blog
Jan 25, 2012
CurbTXT service in San Francisco allows you to text car owners via license plate
NBC News
Jan 24, 2013
CurbTXT lets you be a parking angel
The Car Connection
Jan 24, 2013
CurbTXT Lets You Tell Friends & Strangers About Their Bad Parking Jobs
Daily Deal Media
Jan 23, 2013
Will CurbTXT Catch On?
CNS News
Jan 22, 2013
New Service Allows People to Text Strangers Using License Plate Number
Social Broadcast Network
Jan 22, 2013
San Francisco’s CurbTxt Service Brings Out the Good Samaritan in People
Jan 22, 2013
CurbTXT Finally Gives Us A Way To Communicate With Jerks On The Road
Jan 21, 2013
Bad parking job? Text the driver through the license plate
Opportunity Notes | Evernote Blog
Jan 21, 2013
CurbTXT Turns Jerks Into Altruists
Phone Arena
Jan 21, 2013
CurbTXT service in San Francisco allows you to text car owners via license plate
ABC7 News
Oct 15, 2012
Drivers use service to warn of imperfect parking jobs
KGO 810 News/ABC Radio SF
Oct 12, 2012
Radio Segment
SFWeekly Blog
Sept 25, 2012
Polite Techies Triumph Over Passive-Aggressive Parking Notes
Sept 24, 2012
Bernal-Based Startup Offers Digital Alternative to Passive-Aggressive Parking Notes
Jackson Fuller Real Estate
Sept 19, 2012
CurbTXT in Bernal Heights: A crowd-sourced tool to avoid parking tickets

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San Francisco, California