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New Ticket Adjudication Laws in Effect

Friday, November 7, 2014

(Washington, DC) There are new adjudication laws in effect under the Traffic Adjudication Amendment Act of 2014, which changes the process for how customers adjudicate tickets. On October 1, 2014, the District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles implemented two significant changes to the adjudication process: submitting requests for reconsideration and filing a motion to vacate.

Customers who contest a parking, photo enforcement ticket, or a minor moving violation, and are held liable now have 30 days to submit a request for reconsideration and include new evidence\documentation to support their case. The hearing examiner will evaluate the new evidence and make a final decision. If the liable decision is upheld, then customers have the option to appeal the decision. A request for reconsideration is required before an appeal can be filed.

“By implementing the request for reconsideration process, customers have the opportunity to submit documentation that they may not have submitted initially. For example, customers often write letters stating that the vehicle on the ticket is not their vehicle; however, they do not submit a copy of their registration for the hearing examiner to view. Now, they will have 30 additional days to do so,” said DC DMV Director, Lucinda Babers.

If a ticket has not been answered within 60 calendar days and a deemed admission has been entered, or the ticket was answered and the customer failed to appear at an in-person hearing and a default judgment was entered, the customer may file a Motion to Vacate. Customers have 60 calendar days from when the deemed admission was entered to file a Motion to Vacate unless the violation falls under one of the three categories: i) distracted driving, ii) operating without insurance, and iii) defense to parking or photo enforcement ticket is that the vehicle is not theirs, or the tags were lost or stolen when the ticket was issued. Then, they will have 365 days to file a Motion to Vacate.

Currently, DC DMV has more than 40 services that can be conducted online or through the mail, encouraging customers to “skip the in-person trip,” and visit


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