Lost Traffic Ticket in Washington DC

SUMMARY: How to Find Lost Washington, D.C. Traffic Ticket Information

To retrieve information about your lost traffic ticket in WA, D.C., you'll need to contact the DMV or the Adjudication Services Center. Be sure to ask about your ticket fines, deadlines, and payment options.

Continue reading this page to learn about lost traffic tickets in Washington, D.C.

Online Lost D.C. Traffic Ticket Search

Once you retrieve your traffic ticket number (see below), you can access your traffic citation via the WA, D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (D.C. DMV) Online Ticket Payment system.

Contact the D.C. DMV

The D.C. DMV handles all traffic ticket-related matters.

You can call the D.C. DMV to retrieve lost ticket information. Be prepared to provide your full name, driver's license number, and possibly other identifying information.

Or, you can visit the Adjudication Services Center website to find traffic tickets. Show proper identification, and the office will provide you with a copy of your traffic citation or lost ticket details.

NOTE: If you're looking for a lost parking ticket in Washington, D.C., you'll also need to contact your local D.C. DMV office directly.

Decide How You'll Plead to Your DC Traffic Ticket

Once you obtain details about your lost traffic ticket, you can plead "guilty" or "not guilty" to your traffic violation.

Pleading "guilty" means paying your traffic ticket fine, dealing with any related penalties due to your traffic violation, and going on about your business (unless, of course, your charge involved a serious matter such as DUI or a felony).

Pleading "not guilty" means scheduling a traffic court hearing, making your case before the hearing examiner, and receiving a verdict. If you decide to go this route and contest your moving violation (e.g., red light ticket, speeding ticket, etc.), you may want to look into hiring a traffic ticket attorney to represent you in traffic court.

Learn more about each option at Paying Your WA, D.C. Traffic Ticket and Fighting Your Traffic Ticket in Washington, D.C.

Pay Traffic Ticket
(Plead Guilty or No Contest)

  • Pay the traffic ticket fine; online if applicable.
  • Deal with traffic violation-related penalties (sometimes license suspension or revocation in Washington, D.C.)
  • Experience auto insurance rates increase.
  • Possibly enroll in traffic school for point reduction.

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Fight Traffic 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).

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Fighting Your Traffic Ticket »

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