Do not pay the ticket if you want to admit with an explanation or contest it. Once you pay the ticket (either the original fine, the penalty or both), you no longer have the administrative option to adjudicate it.
DC DMV offers online or by mail adjudication of parking or photo enforcement ticket fines and penalties.
The Ticket Adjudication Ombudsman assists customers with help in navigating the adjudication process. The Ombudsman is also responsible for providing assistance with complaints and concerns on the laws, rules, policies and procedures regarding the adjudication of moving violations, automatic traffic enforcement violations and parking, standing, stopping and pedestrian violations.