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DC DMV Service Update: Walk-in service has returned to DC DMV for all Service Centers and Adjudication Services.

The ticket amnesty program is extended to December 31, 2021. For more information, please visit ticketamnesty.dc.gov.

Online ticket payment transactions will be unavailable during a system update on October 23, from 6-7 am.

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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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