There are two instances that make you eligible to file a Motion to Vacate:
- Deemed admission: A deemed admission to the violation is entered when the vehicle owner or driver does not answer a ticket by either contesting or paying the ticket within 60 calendar days of the date the ticket was issued.
- Default judgment: A default judgment is entered if the ticket was scheduled for a hearing, but the driver did not appear for the hearing and the hearing examiner entered a finding of liability based on the government’s evidence.
Your motion must be filed within 60 calendar days of the deemed admission or default judgment
When filing a motion on a deemed admission
- You must prove that there was excusable neglect in your failure to respond (i.e. hospitalization, death in the family, unexpected travel); and
- You must provide have a recognized legal defense to the violation.
You will receive the hearing record by mail outlining the hearing examiners decision, based on your defense.
When filing a motion on a default judgment
- You must be able to prove that there was excusable neglect in your failure to respond (i.e. hospitalization, death in the family, unexpected travel); and
- Request a new hearing date.
If your request is granted, you will receive a new hearing date via a postcard.
Submit A Motion Online
Use the link below to submit a Motion to Vacate online:
Submit a Motion by Mail
Submit a written statement describing your defense(s) using the Motion to Vacate Form (available below), including any supporting documents such as photos and receipts.
DMV Adjudication Services
Attn: Mail Adjudication
PO Box 37135
Washington, DC 20013
Submit A Motion In Person
Visit the Adjudication Service Center during business hours.
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