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-DMV Online Services and Mobile App transactions will be unavailable during a system update beginning at 8 pm on December 11 until 5:45 am on December 12.

-DC DMV recommends the use of masks by employees and customers at all DC DMV facilities. Masks are still required during the in-vehicle portion of a road test.

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Contest Tickets

When you are issued a parking, photo enforcement, or minor moving violation ticket in the District of Columbia, you have three options to respond to the ticket, according to DC law:

  1. Pay the ticket,
  2. Admit with an explanation, or
  3. Contest it.

If you want to print a copy of a parking ticket, please visit the copy of parking ticket webpage.

For specific information on contesting parking or photo enforcement violations, please visit the contesting parking and photo enforcement tickets webpage.

For specific information on contesting minor moving violations, please visit the contesting minor moving violations webpage.

You may request reduced fines (i.e., dismissal of the penalty or dismissal of the entire ticket), submit a written explanation and any documentation or evidence that supports your request:

  1. Online at the ticket adjudication webpage.
  2. By mail: submit a written statement describing your defense(s), including any supporting documents such as photos and receipts....and mail to:

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

You must contest the ticket within 120 calendar days; if you do so in the first 30 calendar days, only the initial ticket fine will apply if you are found responsible. After 30 calendar days, a penalty equal to the fine will also apply. After 60 calendar days, you must file a Motion to Vacate, to dispute the fines or penalties for your ticket. You can also submit the Motion to Vacate form online.

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