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 contest a ticket, do not pay the fine and/or penalty. You cannot contest a ticket once you have paid the fine and/or penalty nor can you request a refund.
If you want to print a copy of a parking ticket, click the link below:
For specific information on contesting parking or photo enforcement violations, click the link below:
For specific information on contesting minor moving violations, click the link below:
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:
c) In-Person: Hearings on Parking and Photo Infractions are held on a walk-in basis. Click on the link below for Adjudication Services location and hours:
Bring any supporting evidence, such as photos and receipts, to make your case at the hearing. Evidence must be presented in hard copy.
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. The Motion to Vacate form is available at the link below:
You can also submit the Motion to Vacate form online at the link below:
To contest a ticket, more information is provided through the links provided in the box to the left.