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Appeal Reconsideration or Motion to Vacate Decisions

Skip the Trip LogoIf 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.

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: Appeals Form.

Decision(s) That Can Be Appealed

You may appeal 3 types of decision:

  • Denial of a Request for Reconsideration
  • Denial of a Motion to Vacate
  • Suspension or revocation of your driver license

More information on appealing suspension or revocation of your driver license is available at: License Reinstatement

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, Motion to Vacate, or suspension or revocation of your driver license.

How to File an Appeal

To submit an appeal request online, complete the Online Appeals Request at: Online Appeals Request

To mail an appeal, complete the Appeals Form.

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 what is called a transcript deposit. For each appeal, the Appeals Board will gather the documentation on the case into what is called the transcript. The cost of gathering the material for the transcript is the cost of the transcript; if this 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. DC DMV Fees

You may not appear in person before or submit more 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 that you are liable, 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:

Office of the Civil Clerk
500 Indiana Avenue, NW
Room 5000
Washington, DC  20001

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