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Contest a Minor Moving Violation Ticket

Moving violation tickets usually result in points on your driving record. If you get too many points, your driver license may be suspended. However, if a hearing examiner says that you may attend traffic school, you may avoid the points. Below is a link to information on the DC DMV driver point system:

Do not pay the ticket if you want to contest the fine and/or penalty. You may not contest a ticket once you have paid either the fine and/or penalty nor can you request a refund.

Contesting Minor Moving Violation Tickets

To contest a minor moving violation ticket, you have to request a hearing with DC DMV within 30 calendar days of the date the ticket was issued. If you don’t schedule a hearing within 30 calendar days, a penalty will be assessed. The penalty is the same amount as the ticket fine, meaning your ticket payment will double.

Skip the Trip LogoTo request and schedule a hearing for a minor moving violation ticket, you can go online, call, mail a request, or go in person. Walk-in hearings are not available for minor moving violations.

  • Go online, to the link below:
  • Scheduling a Hearing
  • Call, toll free, (866) 893-5023
  • Mail a written request for an in-person hearing, along with the ticket you received, to:

DC DMV Adjudication Services
ATTN:  Schedule Hearing
PO Box 37135
Washington, DC 20013

Please follow the instructions on the back of the ticket.

If you request a hearing date online, you will be able to select an available date that you want immediately.

If you request a hearing date by mail, you will receive a notice by mail in 2 weeks with the date and time of your hearing. If you do not receive a notice of your hearing date and time within 2 weeks, please call 311 for confirmation of your hearing date.

All scheduled hearings for minor moving violations are conducted at DC DMV’s Adjudication Services Office. Click on the link below for the Adjudication Services Office:

On the hearing date, you must check in at the Hearing Information Desk and present the notice you received that has the date and time of your hearing, and a valid driver license.

At the hearing, the hearing examiner will review the documentation provided by the government or ticketing agency and the evidence you have submitted. You will be allowed to speak to the hearing examiner to make your case. Please note that you must submit hardcopy documents.  The hearing examiner will not view photographs or videos from your electronic devices.

Reschedule a Hearing

To reschedule a hearing for a minor moving violation, you must submit a written request at least 7 business days prior to the hearing date to:

DC DMV Adjudication Services
ATTN:  Schedule Hearing
PO Box 37135
Washington, DC 20013

If You Miss a Scheduled Hearing

If you do not report for your hearing on time—or at all—the DC DMV will hold you liable for the ticket, and you will be responsible for paying the fine and/or penalty. You will also be assessed any points on your driver license that are associated with the violation. 

DC DMV rarely reschedules missed hearings. To get a hearing rescheduled, you must submit a written explanation for your failure to appear at your hearing within 60 days of missing the hearing.

This written explanation is called a Motion to Vacate. You may complete and submit a Motion to Vacate to Adjudication Services by mail.

The Motion to Vacate form can be found at the link below. You must print and complete a copy, which you will mail in.

To submit the Motion to Vacate online, use the link below:

You may also submit any information or documentation with the Motion that helps explain why you missed the hearing, such as evidence of a medical emergency. Your Motion will be reviewed to determine whether you have offered a good reason for missing the hearing.

You may mail your Motion and any supporting documents to:

DC DMV Adjudication Services
ATTN:  Motion to Vacate
PO Box 37135 
Washington, DC 20013

Mail Adjudication of Minor Moving Violation Ticket

If you would like to dispute a minor moving violation ticket, or the fine or penalty, by mail, through Mail Adjudication, fill in the information on the back of the ticket and submit the ticket, a written statement explaining your defense, and any evidence, such as hardcopy photographs or receipts, you think might help your case to:

DC DMV Adjudication Services
Attn: Mail Adjudication
PO Box 37135
Washington, DC 20013

DC DMV will send you a postcard indicating that your Mail Adjudication request has been received. If you do not receive the postcard within 2 weeks, please call 311 to check on the status of your request.

You will receive a decision about your ticket from DC DMV either by mail or through the DC DMV Email Ticket Alert System (TAS), if you have a TAS account. Register for TAS at the link below:

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