Pay Traffic Ticket in Washington DC

SUMMARY: How to Pay a Washington, D.C. Traffic Ticket

In Washington, D.C., you can pay your traffic ticket online, by phone, by mail, or in person. If required, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

Continue reading this page to learn how to pay your traffic ticket to the Washington, D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (D.C. DMV).

NOTE: If you want to fight the charge, visit our Fighting Traffic Tickets page.

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  • 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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Pay Your WA, D.C. Traffic Ticket

In Washington, D.C., you must pay your traffic ticket within 30 calendar days of receiving it or you will be charged an additional fine.

You have three options for paying your WA, D.C. traffic ticket:

  • Online.
  • By mail.
  • In person.

You may also be eligible to pay your traffic ticket in installments.

NOTE: By paying your traffic ticket, you're admitting guilt to the violation and will be penalized accordingly.


To pay your traffic ticket online, visit the appropriate D.C. DMV website, depending on the type of citation you received:

You can make you payment using the following debit/credit cards only:

  • VISA.
  • MasterCard.
  • Discover.

The Washington, D.C. DMV does not accept American Express cards.

By Phone

To pay your traffic ticket by phone, call (866) 896-5023. You will need to provide your credit/debit card details (VISA, MasterCard, or Discover only).

By Mail

To make your WA, D.C. traffic ticket payment by mail, you'll need:

  • A check or money order.
    • Payable to "DC Treasurer"
  • Your traffic ticket.
    • If you do not have your traffic ticket, include your vehicle license plate number and state on your check or money order.

Send the above to:

DMV Adjudication Services
P.O. Box 2014
Washington, DC 20013

In Person

You can pay your D.C. DMV traffic ticket in person at:

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

You will need:

  • Your traffic ticket OR identification (so you can print a copy of your ticket).
  • Payment:
    • Cash.
    • Check.
    • Money order.
    • Credit card (VISA, MasterCard, or Discover card only).

NOTE: You will also need one of the following forms of identification if paying by anything other than cash:

  • Driver's license.
  • Non-driver ID card (issued by a driver's licensing agency).
  • Passport.
  • Military ID.

Payment Plans for Traffic Tickets

If you're unable to pay the entire amount you have been fined, you may be eligible for a payment plan. Contact the D.C. DMV for more information.

If you have any questions about a traffic ticket debt that is 90 days old or older, call 311 or (202) 737-4404 for payment plan options.

To make a payment for an existing installment plan, visit the D.C. DMV website.

Traffic Ticket Penalties in Washington, D.C.

Paying your traffic ticket may result in additional penalties, such as:

Your penalties will be based on the severity of your traffic violation. In some cases, you may even experience a suspension of your WA, D.C. driver's license or even jail time.

WA, D.C. Traffic Tickets: FAQs

If you still have questions about your traffic ticket—including how to pay, fight, or find a lost citation—visit our Traffic Tickets FAQ page. You'll find information about:

  • How to dismiss a traffic ticket.
  • How to pay a traffic ticket if you're a commercial driver.
  • Ordering a driving record.
  • Hiring a traffic ticket attorney.

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