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Request Reconsideration after Contesting

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If you were found liable for a parking, photo enforcement, or minor moving violation ticket, you may ask DC DMV to reconsider that decision. You are required to file a Request for Reconsideration before appealing a ticket decision, you may do so online, by mail or in-person by appointment only.

Your request for reconsideration must be received by DC DMV within 30 calendar days from the date of the hearing record. Your request for reconsideration, must establish one or more of the following:

  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.
  4. A need for further discussion of the issues.

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

Note: You may not ask for reconsideration of the hearing examiner’s denial of a Motion to Vacate. If your Motion to Vacate was denied, you must appeal directly to the Traffic Adjudication Appeals Board for any further reconsideration of your ticket.

Request for Reconsideration Online

Submit your Request for Reconsideration online here.

When we receive your online Request for Reconsideration, DC DMV will send you an email notification. 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.

Request for Reconsideration By Mail

You may complete the request for reconsideration form and any evidence to the address below:

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 at DMV Adjudication Services, 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.

Grounds for reconsideration are listed in §50-2303.11(b). The grounds include:

  1. Newly discovered or newly relevant evidence;
  2. Need for additional evidence to establish a defense;
  3. Probable error committed by the hearing examiner in the proceeding, including failure to judicially notice a fact on which the decision of the hearing examiner rests or failure to inform the respondent of a judicially noticed fact on which the decision of the hearing examiner rests; and
  4. Need for further consideration of the issues.

Here is the provision:

§50-2303.11(b) The application for reconsideration shall set forth one or more of the following grounds:

  1. Newly discovered or newly available relevant evidence;
  2. Need for additional evidence to establish a defense;
  3. Probable error committed by the hearing examiner in the proceeding, including failure to judicially notice a fact on which the decision of the hearing examiner rests or failure to inform the respondent of a judicially noticed fact on which the decision of the hearing examiner rests; and
  4. Need for further consideration of the issues.

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

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