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Contest Tickets

When you are issued a parking, photo enforcement, or minor moving violation ticket in the District of Columbia, you have three options to respond to the ticket, according to DC law: pay it, admit with an explanation, or contest it.

If you want to print a copy of a parking ticket, please visit: Copy of Parking Ticket

For specific information on contesting parking or photo enforcement violations, please visit: Contesting Parking/Photo Enforcement Violations

For specific information on contesting minor moving violations, please visit: Contesting Minor Moving Violations

You may request reduced fines (i.e., dismissal of the penalty or dismissal of the entire ticket), submit a written explanation and any documentation or evidence that supports your request:

a) Online at DC DMV Online Ticket Adjudication

b) By Mail: Submit a written statement describing your defense(s), including any supporting documents such as photos and receipts. Mail to:

DMV Adjudication Services
Attn:  Mail Adjudication
PO Box 37135
Washington, DC  20013

You must contest the ticket within 120 calendar days; if you do so in the first 30 calendar days, only the initial ticket fine will apply if you are found responsible. After 30 calendar days, a penalty equal to the fine will also apply. After 60 calendar days, you must file a special form, called a Motion to Vacate, to dispute the fines or penalties for your ticket.

You can also submit the Motion to Vacate form online.

To contest a ticket, more information is provided through the links provided in the box to the left.

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