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Appeal Reconsideration or Motion to Vacate Decisions

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How to File an Appeal After Being Denied Reconsideration

If you contested a ticket and were found liable, and you filed a Request for Reconsideration, and that also was denied, you still have an option to appeal the decision regarding your ticket. You can submit your appeal online or by mail to the Traffic Adjudication Appeals Board (TAAB).

You can also go through the Appeals Board to appeal the decision if you filed a Motion to Vacate and the Motion was denied.

Detailed instructions on how to file an appeal can be found at the link below:

Decision(s) That Can Be Appealed

You may appeal two types of ticket decisions:

  1. Denial of a Request for Reconsideration
  2. Denial of a Motion to Vacate

When to File an Appeal

Your appeal must be received by DC DMV within 30 calendar days from the date of the denial of your Request for Reconsideration or Motion to Vacate.

How to File an Appeal

To submit an appeal request online, complete the online appeals request at the link below:

To submit an appeal request by mail, complete the appeals form at the link below:

To submit an appeal request in person, please visit the Adjudication Service Center.

Pay the ticket fine and any penalties and an appeal fee for each ticket you are appealing. Instructions for payment are on the appeals form.

Note: If you are appealing a minor moving violation, you must also pay a $50 transcript deposit. A transcription of your in person or virtual hearing will be provided to the board to review when deciding your appeal.  If the transcript cost turns out to be less than the transcript deposit that you paid, you will be reimbursed the difference. If the cost of the transcript is more than the transcript deposit that you paid, you will be billed the difference at $5 per additional page. You will receive a letter from DMV notifying you of any additional transcript costs.

You may not appear in person before or submit additional evidence to the Appeals Board.

If You Win Your Case on Appeal

If the Appeals Board reverses the hearing examiner’s decision, all fines, penalties, and fees will be refunded to you by mail.

How to Appeal Decisions of the Traffic Adjudication Appeals Board

If the Appeals Board decides upholds the hearing examiners decision, and you want to appeal the Appeals Board’s decision, you may. Within 30 calendar days of the Appeals Board’s decision, you can file an application for an appeal in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Submit the appeals form to the Office of the Civil Clerk at the link below:

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