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Appeal a Decision Regarding Your Ticket
If you wish to appeal a hearing examiner's liable decision, you must first file a Request for Reconsideration and your request must be denied. If you filed a Motion to Vacate and the motion was denied, you must file an appeal directly with the Traffic Adjudication Appeals Board.
Decision(s) That Can Be Appealed
Effective October 1, 2014, you may only appeal the denial of a Request for Reconsideration or denial of a Motion to Vacate. For a driver license revocation or denial of a request for a limited occupational license, you must file directly to the DC Court of Appeals.
When to File an Appeal
Your appeal must be filed within 30 calendar days of the denial of your Request for Reconsideration or denial of a Motion to Vacate. This means your appeal request must be received by DC DMV within 30 calendar days.
How to File an Appeal
You can file an appeal online or by mail. To file an appeal by mail, you must first complete the online Appeal Application form.You must pay the ticket fine, any penalties, and a $10 appeal fee for each ticket appealed. If you are appealing a liable decision from an in-person hearing on a minor moving violation, you must also pay a $50 transcript deposit. Note: If the deposit does not cover the cost of the transcript, you will be billed the additional amount. If the deposit is more than the cost of the transcript, you will be reimbursed the difference. The Appeals Board considers the ticket, testimony, evidence presented at the original hearing and the hearing transcript. There are no personal appearances before the Appeals Board. You cannot submit additional documentation or evidence.
If You Win Your Case on Appeal
If the Board reverses the Hearing Examiner's decision, all fines, penalties, and fees are refunded to you.
How to Appeal Decision of the Traffic Adjudication Appeals Board
DC Official Code Section 50-2304.05 provides that you may appeal a decision from the Traffic Adjudication Appeals Board (TAAB) by filing an application for an appeal in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The application for appeal must be filed within 30 calendar days of the TAAB decision. Submit the appeal form to the office of the Civil Clerk:
500 Indiana Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001