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Mayor Announces Ticket Amnesty Program

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Department of Motor Vehicles Hopes to Collect More Than $6 Million From Program

(Washington, DC) Today, the Mayor announced that the District Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will offer a temporary ticket amnesty program to allow customers to pay older outstanding tickets without having to pay the penalty that would otherwise have been assessed on the ticket.

The program will begin on August 1, 2011, and continue through January 27, 2012. All open parking tickets, citations for moving violations and photo-enforcement tickets issued before January 1, 2010, qualify under the amnesty program.

"This program is an incentive for customers to pay off their old tickets," said the Mayor. "In the current economic environment, we expect that many customers will take advantage of this opportunity to clear their debts to DMV at a lower cost – producing revenue results for the District."

Customers can pay their amnesty tickets online at, over the phone (866-893-5023) or in person at DMV Adjudication Services, located at 301 C Street, NW, Monday through Friday from 8:15 am until 4 pm.

The current value of the more than 4 million outstanding tickets eligible under the amnesty program is $245.7 million. Of this amount, the District expects to collect approximately $6.3 million during the six-month amnesty. Among the local jurisdictions, drivers in Maryland owe the most to the District in unpaid tickets. Under the program:

  • Hearings cannot be requested on amnesty tickets.
  • Amnesty tickets are eligible for a ticket-payment plan.
  • Payments on tickets made prior to August 1, 2011 are not eligible for a refund.
  • No points will be assessed on moving-violation tickets paid.

The last time the District offered a ticket amnesty was in 2001. For more information about the program, visit or send an e-mail to [email protected].