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    Washington, D.C. Traffic Tickets

    There's nothing positive about receiving a traffic ticket. It can be a financial burden both in the short-term and long-term, and may cause you unnecessary stress. The best thing to do is avoid receiving the traffic ticket in the first place by following the rules of the road and being a safe driver.

    If you do happen to be hit with a fine, you must ensure you follow all directions to satisfy your traffic ticket properly. Failure to do so could result in additional penalties, including fines and possible court appearances.

    Pay Your WA, D.C. Traffic Ticket

    If you wish to plead guilty to the traffic violation, you will simply need to pay the fine as stated on your traffic ticket. You must do this within 30 days of receiving the ticket, otherwise you will face an additional fine.

    You can pay either online, by mail, by phone, or in person at your local Washington, D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office.


    To pay your WA, D.C. traffic ticket online, visit the appropriate website:

    You will need to pay your fine using a VISA, MasterCard, or Discover Card only.

    By Mail

    To pay your traffic ticket by mail, you will need:

    • A check or money order (payable to "DC Treasurer").
      • Write your traffic ticket number on the check or money order.
    • Your traffic ticket.
      • If you do not have this, write your vehicle's state and license plate number on your payment.

    Send the above to:

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

    In Person

    If you wish to pay your citation in person, visit the Washington, D.C. DMV office located at: 

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

    Payment can be made by:

    • Cash.
    • Check.
    • Money order.
    • Credit card (VISA, MasterCard, or Discover Card only).

    You must provide your valid driver's license, ID card, passport, or military ID if paying by check, money order, or credit card. If you need more information you can call Adjudication Services office at (202) 737-4404.

    Contest Your Traffic Ticket

    If you don't agree with your traffic ticket, you can contest your citation within 60 days of receiving the ticket.

    NOTE: You must either pay your ticket or contest it within 30 days to avoid an additional fine.

    Parking Tickets

    You can fight a parking ticket you received in Washington, D.C. either by mail or in person at a walk-in hearing. The following are the only defenses that will be accepted to have your parking ticket dismissed:

    • You did not own or lease the vehicle on the date of the violation.
    • Your vehicle or vehicle tags were stolen when the parking ticket was received.
    • The parking meter was broken.
    • The parking sign was obscured or missing.
    • The facts written on the parking ticket are incorrect.
    • Your vehicle was broken down.
    • Someone in the vehicle at the time needed urgent medical care.

    For more information, visit the Washington, D.C. DMV website.

    Minor Moving Violations

    You can contest your traffic ticket either online, by phone, by mail, or in person. Visit the WA, D.C. DMV website for more information.

    Please note, you can contest a traffic ticket but still be found guilty. If you need extra support at your hearing, think about hiring a traffic ticket attorney.