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Request Reconsideration after Contesting

Skip the Trip LogoIf you were found liable for a parking, photo enforcement, or minor moving violation ticket, you may ask DC DMV to reconsider that decision. You may file a motion for reconsideration online or by mail. You are required to file a Request for Reconsideration before appealing a ticket decision.

Your Request for Reconsideration must be received by DC DMV within 30 calendar days from the date of the hearing decision/record. To request reconsideration, you must be able to show DC DMV:

  1. Newly discovered or newly available relevant evidence;
  2. Additional evidence to establish your defense;
  3. A likely error was committed by the hearing examiner, which might be something like failing to inform you of important information regarding the decision; or
  4. A need for further discussion of the issues.

Your Request for Reconsideration must include all documents and evidence (i.e., vehicle registration, hardcopy photographs, diagrams, etc.) you have that show why the hearing examiner’s decision should be reconsidered. Once filed, your request will be reviewed by the same hearing examiner who originally heard your case.

If your Request for Reconsideration is denied, you may file an appeal to the Traffic Adjudication Appeals Board within 30 calendar days of the denial of your Request for Reconsideration. More information on appealing is available at the Appeal Decision Regarding Your Ticket link below.

Note: You may not ask for reconsideration of the hearing examiner’s decision on your ticket if you already filed a Motion to Vacate and that Motion was denied by a hearing examiner. If your Motion to Vacate was denied, you must appeal directly to the Traffic Adjudication Appeals Board for any further reconsideration of your ticket.

Online Request for Reconsideration

You may submit your Request for Reconsideration online through the link below within 30 calendar days of the hearing decision that you are responsible or liable for the ticket.

Complete the online application form and provide your evidence that one or more of the reasons for reconsideration listed above applies to your case. Submit the form and upload any new evidence that you did not provide in the initial hearing.

When we receive your online Request for Reconsideration, DC DMV will send you an email notification if you have provided your email address. If you don’t receive the email notification, then DC DMV did not receive your reconsideration request, and you need to resubmit the online Request for Reconsideration.

By Mail Request for Reconsideration

You may complete the Request for Reconsideration form, mail it and any other evidence that one or more of the four reasons for reconsideration listed above applies to your case to the address below within 30 calendar days of the hearing decision that you want reconsidered:

DMV Adjudication Services
Attn: Request for Reconsideration
PO Box 37135
Washington, DC 20013

Note: Requests for Reconsideration must be submitted online or by mail EXCEPT, you may file your Request for Reconsideration in-person by appointment ONLY, if your vehicle is booted or towed, or you are unable to obtain a driver license or vehicle tags pursuant to the Clean Hands Act. For example, outstanding ticket debt is preventing you from obtaining DC DMV services.

Reconsideration Decisions

DC DMV will make a decision on your Request for Reconsideration within 180 calendar days and will mail you the decision.

If you have a DC DMV Email Ticket Alert Service (TAS) account, you will receive an alert about the decision as soon as it is made, and you can review it immediately.

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