If you are going to contest a ticket, do not pay the fine or penalty. Once a ticket is paid, you are no longer able to contest it.
You can pay online, by mail, using the DMV mobile app, by phone or in person at the Adjudication Service Center during business hours. More information is available below.
Payment must be in US dollars or with a credit card issued by a US bank.
Note: if you pay a ticket by credit card and subsequently reverse your payment, the notice of infraction will be processed as if no payment had been received. This may cause a default judgment to be entered against you and the ticket being sent to collections for all violations. Subsequently, you will not be able to process any future payments with a credit or debit card.
DC DMV encourages you to pay your tickets online.
Have your ticket number and credit card information available when you pay online. For online ticket payments, DC government accepts Mastercard, Visa, Discover, and American Express.
Pay By Mail
To pay your ticket by mail, do not send cash. You must mail a check or money order, payable to the DC Treasurer, and write the ticket number in the memo line of your check or money order. If you do not have your ticket, write the ticketed vehicle’s state and tag number on your check or money order (for example: MD license tag #123456).
If you have more than one outstanding ticket, and do not provide the ticket number, the payment will be applied to the oldest ticket first, so it is important to include the ticket number with your payment.
If you mail your payment, DC DMV must receive it within the legally established timeframe of 30 calendar days; therefore, you should mail the ticket payment at least two weeks prior to the due date. If DC DMV does not receive the ticket payment within 30 calendar days from the date the ticket was issued (or mailed), a penalty will be assessed. The penalty is the same amount as the ticket fine, meaning your ticket payment will double.
Mail your payment for parking, photo enforcement, or minor moving violation tickets to:
PO Box 2014
Washington, DC 20013
Pay Using the DC DMV Mobile App
Scan the QR code below to download the app
You can call (866) 893-5023 to pay tickets by phone.
Pay In Person
You can pay your ticket in person at the Adjudication Services office.
When you visit the service center, bring your ticket with you.
955 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
Promenade Level – Suite P100
Washington, DC 20024
You may pay by cash, check, money order, or credit card. For in-person ticket payments, DC Government accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
If you are paying with anything other than cash, you must present a valid driver license, DMV-issued ID, passport, or military ID.
Paying for a Booted or Towed Vehicle
If your car or vehicle has been booted, pay your tickets to get the boot released. DC DMV will not accept a check as payment for the release of booted or towed vehicles.
If your car has been towed, you can get more information by calling 311.
Note: DC DMV does not boot, tow, or impound vehicles as these are the DC Department of Public Works (DC DPW) functions. For more information, visit DC DPW’s website at the link below:
Installment Payment Plan
You may pay your installment payment plan online using the link below: