April Fools Prank: The Fake Parking Ticket with Free Downloads

UPDATE: Here is a link to all the editable files I have on Google Drive. Please download and edit! Google made some strange edits to some of the files, but if you download the files you should be able to fix them up. Happy Pranking! Click here to see and download all of the Pretty Prudent April Fools Prank Templates.

Doesn’t that look official? If you got that in the mail, would you not be like “What the?? How did I get a $400 parking ticket!?!?”

Well, it’s not official. I made it all. And now I will share it with you, so you too can torture your loved ones and maniacally cackle while they curse you.

Last year I shared with your our April Fools Prank, the Fake IRS Audit with Free Downloads. HA HA HA, sorry I laugh every time I think about it. Maybe I’m mean, but I just LOVE april fools pranks. Anyhoo, that was two years ago. Last year we pulled another successful prank on our friends and family, but I couldn’t tell you about it then for fear of spoiling it. But now all is revealed: we sent them a faux parking ticket in the mail. For $401.09. Like Scarlet’s birthday that year, and the date of April Fools 4/01/09. They all fell for it! Except for one, but she was expecting it. They fell for it even though the fine prints says “19119040108119220411140.10360.9840104040109040110APRILFOOLS2132689975142323447950HAHAGOTYOU”.

We created a template based on a parking ticket I got in the mail, then we added the address of each friend and the seal of their local city, which I found via google image search. We didn’t use their license plate number or any more personal details than their addresses, and they still didn’t catch on. Duped!

Now it’s your turn! There’s still time to customize my templates and send out your own. Get the April Fool’s Fake Parking Ticket tute and free downloads after the jump…


So for this to look real, you can use our Parking Ticket Template. You just need to go into the word doc and change the address to your local parking office address or city hall address, and change any details (like the date or the amount or the violation – this one is for exceeding 2 hour parking in a school zone, what?) and if you’re feeling fancy, you can change the city seal to your city. I made them for a bunch of different cities, so if you live in Nashville, Sacramento, Minneapolis, New York, Seattle, or Dallas then you’re in luck, email me and I’ll send you the one I made for your city. So here is the ticket template: APRIL FOOLS PRANK FAKE PARKING TICKET TEMPLATE. Note the bright red “SEE INSIDE FOR COURT DATE” – we had included Scarlet’s birthday party invitation inside, they had to flip through to see it. You could write CALL THIS NUMBER FOR COURT DATE and put your phone number?

Then you’ll need a regular old window envelope to mail it in, but you’ll need to print on it so the parking violations bureau (or whatever it is called in your city) address is printed on there, to make them believe it is a parking ticket and not just toss it in the trash. Here is the LA one again, but again you can email me for the other cities or customize your own. April Fools Parking Ticket Outer Envelope Template. This one is getting cut off in google docs, and I don’t know how to fix it, but you get the idea.

And finally, if you want to go all out, you’ll need to include a return envelope and print it to look like an official parking ticket envelope. These are smaller than a traditional envelope and a little harder to find, but not impossible. here is the template for the return envelope: APRIL FOOLS PRANK FAKE PARKING TICKET RETURN ENVELOPE TEMPLATE.

Let me know if you do it, and how much joy it brings you. Also let me know if you think I’m a jerk.



Loryn Preece

Can you please email me an editable version for Riverside County in California? Thank you so much! This is awesome!!


This is awesome! I want to prank a couple great friends and my sister. Could you email me the links go to a PDF, is there a way to edit, or can you email an editable version? Thanks!


Can you please email me the editable template for los angles? Thank you! I’m looking forward to people’s reactions !

Helen Wright

I received your email wanting me to verify I had “become a member of Pretty Prudent” but no editable attachment. I think this was all an April Fool prank on all of us that asked for an editable version
and not the least bit funny!

Colleen Mason

If you could please email me the template for the parking ticket I would be so grateful! I am 68, have parkinsons and typing anything is very difficult for me, I would be able to send it to my daughter-in-law! What a HOOT! Thank you and have a great April Fools!


I would love the editable version of this parking ticket. That would be awesome. Thank you


instead of everyone emailing you should post up the word document of this so we can edit it. this is by far the best one I’ve seen. id like to make if for a Wisconsin residence. thank you, and have a great day.


Could you please email the template city seal for San Francisco or Vacaville, California. Love this idea and laugh just thinking about it. Thank you, Carla


This isn’t real! They are pranking YOU! No templates are being emailed – duh! Haven’t you read any of the other comments?!?


For those who keep saying that this is a prank and people are being fooled by sending their email addresses, please notice that this post is 4 years old and there’s a tiny chance that Jaime is not reading the comments anymore! I looked at the first few comments and here’s what Jaime wrote on March 29th, 2011:

“Help! I am trying to share this with you as a word doc, but when I upload it to google docs it gets completely messed up everything gets all switched around and smooshed – any ideas how I can share it with you? i think you can edit the pdf right in google docs – at least i can?
in the meantime email me and i will email the word docs to you!”


Then they should take it off their site. Part of a good website/blog is maintenance and keeping things current.




Can you email me the editable template for Nashville?
I heart April Fools Day so hard. SQUEE!!


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