Motion to Vacate Options
- How to File
- Submit a Motion by Mail
- Submit a Motion In Person
- What if my Motion to Vacate is Denied?
- Ticket Alert Service (TAS)
- Did not answer within 60 days: 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.
- Did not appear for hearing: 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.
- You must establish excusable neglect for your failure to answer within 60 days or appear for your scheduled hearing (i.e. hospitalization, death in the family, unexpected travel).
- You must also establish a recognized legal defense to the violation if you did not respond within 60 days.
How to File
Submit a Motion by Mail
- Please read the instructions first.
- Complete the form.
- Submit a written statement describing your defense(s) using the Motion to Vacate form, including any supporting documents such as photos and receipts.
DMV Adjudication Services
ATTN: Mail Adjudication
PO Box 37135
Washington, DC 20013
Visit the Adjudication Service Center during business hours.
What if my Motion to Vacate is Denied?
If your motion to vacate is denied by the hearing examiner, you may file an appeal with the Traffic Adjudication Appeals Board (TAAB) within 30 calendar days of the denial of your motion.
Ticket Alert Service (TAS)
A ticket alert service (TAS) account will give you near real-time notification of ticket-related activity on up to four vehicles and a single driver license.