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  • Fight Traffic Ticket in Washington DC

    SUMMARY: How to Fight a Washington, D.C. Traffic Ticket You can either fight your WA, D.C., minor moving violation traffic ticket by mail, or request a hearing to fight your charge in court (online, by phone, or in person). If you want to fight a photo enforcement traffic ticket or parking ticket, you can do so online, by mail, or in person.

    Continue reading this page to learn more about fighting a traffic ticket with the Washington, D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (D.C. DMV).

    Pay Ticket
    (Plead Guilty or No Contest)

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    Paying Your Traffic Ticket »

    Fight Ticket
    (Plead Not Guilty)

    • Enter a "not guilty" plea.
    • Prepare for your hearing, possibly with help from a traffic ticket attorney.
    • Suffer no penalties if found not guilty (except applicable court/attorney fees).
    • Appeal the guilty verdict (if applicable).

    Fight Your WA, D.C. Traffic Ticket

    To fight your WA, D.C. traffic ticket for a minor moving violation—such as a speeding ticket—you can either submit your “not guilty" plea by mail, or request a hearing.

    You will need your traffic ticket. If you've misplaced it, see our Lost Washington, D.C. Traffic Ticket page.

    If you want to fight a photo enforcement traffic ticket, see below.

    NOTE: You must respond to your Washington, D.C. traffic ticket within 60 calendar days or your driver's license will be suspended.

    Fight Your Traffic Ticket by Mail

    To fight your Washington, D.C. traffic ticket by mail, follow these steps:

    1. Mark “Deny" on the back of your traffic ticket.
    2. Write a statement for your defense.
    3. Send your traffic ticket, statement, and any other supporting evidence (e.g., photos, diagrams, receipts) to:

    DMV Adjudication Services
    Attn: Mail Adjudication
    P.O. Box 37135
    Washington, DC 20013

    You will be notified of the examiner's decision by mail within 6 months of fighting your traffic ticket.

    Request a Hearing

    To fight your traffic ticket in person, you must first schedule a hearing either:

    • Online.
    • By calling (866) 893-5023.
    • In person at:
      301 C Street, NW
      Washington, D.C. 20001
      NOTE: Visit between 8:15 a.m. and 4 p.m, Monday through Friday.

    You will need to provide your traffic ticket number and other personal information, such as your name and driver's license number.

    NOTE: You must schedule a hearing within 30 calendar days of receiving your traffic ticket. Failure to do so will result in a fine equal to your traffic ticket fine. If you don't respond to your traffic ticket at all within 60 calendar days of being cited, your WA, D.C. driver's license will be suspended.

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    Fight a Photo Enforcement Traffic Ticket

    You can fight a photo enforcement traffic ticket—such as a red light ticket—within 60 days of receiving it:

    • Online.
    • By mail.
    • In person.

    NOTE: You must respond to your Washington, D.C. traffic ticket within 30 days to avoid an additional penalty.

    If it has been longer than 60 days (but within 120 days) since you received your WA, D.C. traffic ticket, you will need to submit a Motion to Vacate (Form DMV-ADS-MV-001) to check whether you're still eligible to fight the charge. (Available in multiple languages.)

    NOTE: You cannot transfer liability to someone else for a photo enforcement traffic ticket in Washington, D.C.

    You will be notified of the outcome of your case within 6 months of fighting your ticket. If you are found “guilty," you may appeal the decision with a "Request for Reconsideration" within 30 days.

    Online

    To fight your photo enforcement traffic ticket online, visit the D.C. DMV website. You will need to enter some personal information and submit any supporting evidence, such as:

    • Photos.
    • Documents.

    By Mail

    If you want to fight your photo enforcement ticket by mail, follow these steps:

    1. Complete the information on the back of your traffic ticket. (Check "mail adjudication".)
    2. Complete a Mail Adjudication Hearing (Form DMV-ADS-002). (Also available in other languages.)
    3. Send the above form, your WA, D.C. traffic ticket, and any supporting evidence (e.g., photos, registration card) to:
    4. DMV Adjudication Services
      Attn: Mail Adjudication
      P.O. Box 37135
      Washington, D.C. 20013

    In Person

    You can have an in person hearing to fight your photo enforcement traffic ticket if:

    • You are the registered owner of the vehicle.
      OR
    • You have a completed Power of Attorney (Form AD-PA-01) authorizing you to act on the vehicle owner's behalf.

    Simply visit the D.C. DMV Adjudication Services office at:

    301 C Street, NW
    Washington, D.C. 20001

    NOTE: Appointments are not required.

    For more information, read the D.C. DMV's Explanation of Photo Enforcement Walk-In Hearings (Form DMV-ADS-001).

    Washington, D.C. Traffic Tickets: FAQs

    If you still have questions about how to fight your WA, D.C. traffic ticket, visit our Traffic Tickets FAQ page. It also covers information about:

    • Checking your D.C. DMV driving record.
    • Driving record points.
    • Types of traffic tickets.
    • Penalties for those in the GRAD program.

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