DC DMV is seeking ways to use technology to help the public safely navigate through the current public health emergency. One of our challenges is ensuring your hearing will be conducted in an environment that supports social distancing for you, the hearing examiner, police officer, and other drivers wishing to contest their citations.
To address these challenges, DC DMV recently launched a virtual hearing pilot. All law enforcement officers will appear remotely from their police district. Drivers may also skip the trip and appear remotely from their home or office via computer or mobile device.
Below are the requirements and rules for DC DMV virtual hearings. Virtual hearings are currently only available for minor moving violations; however, the pilot will be expanded to include driver improvement hearings for suspensions and revocations.
Technical requirements for virtual hearings
- Must have fast and stable Internet connection.
- Must have a video device, such as a webcam on a computer, a phone, or a laptop.
- Must have a microphone, or the ability to dial into a number via a phone.
- Must have a valid, working email address.
- Must allow application/plugin installation for Cisco Webex Meetings.
To ensure the best experience and avoid delays
- Participate from a location with good overhead lighting and where you can eliminate noise from other sources.
- Test your camera and microphone before you connect to the hearing.
- Avoid setting up your device in front of a window, as you will appear in shadow.
- Minimize interruptions by others in your environment.
Hearing dress and decorum
Virtual hearings are an official court appearance and all persons participating in one must dress and conduct themselves as if they are physically going into a courtroom. Business casual clothing is acceptable. Persons not dressed appropriately and/or who conduct themselves in an unacceptable manner will be asked to leave the hearing or be expelled. All virtual hearing activity is subject to recording and broadcasting.
- Follow the hearing examiners instructions about when to speak to ensure all parties are heard.
- Be courteous and respectful to all participants.
- No profanity.
Preparing for your virtual hearing
If you have documents or evidence that you would like the hearing examiner to consider during your virtual hearing, you must submit it at least three (3) days in advance of the hearing.
Attorneys must submit attorney appearance forms three (3) days in advance of the hearing.
You may submit evidence and documents by email to [email protected], or fax to (202) 559-0536, please include the ticket number and your last name.
The day of your virtual hearing
On the morning of your hearing, the hearing calendar will be posted. Search for the initial of your first name and the first 3 letters of your last name then click on your assigned hearing room link. For example, John Smith would be posted, JSMI. You will be placed in our virtual waiting room until the hearing examiner starts the hearing session.
You may log in 15 minutes before your hearing, but no later than 10 minutes after your scheduled appointment time.
If you log in more than 10 minutes after your appointment time, you will not be able to participate in the hearing and must file a Motion to Vacate Default Judgement (MTVDF) to seek approval to reschedule. Visit the following link for the Explanation of Motion Process and MTVDF Form.
At the conclusion of your hearing, the examiner will announce his or her decision, and the formal hearing record will be mailed to your address of record with DC DMV.
Virtual Hearing Calendar
- Click to view DC DMV's Virtual Hearing Calendar