If you want to contest a ticket, do not pay the fine and/or penalty. You cannot contest a ticket once you have paid the fine and/or penalty nor can you request a refund.
Adjudication requests must be received within 60 calendar days of ticket issuance.
Ticket fines double in 30 calendar days. If a penalty has already been applied, address both the original fine and the late penalty in your statement.
If you contest the ticket between 31 and 60 calendar days after it is issued, in the case of a parking ticket, or mailed, in the case of a photo enforcement ticket, you must pay both the fine and the penalty if DC DMV hearing examiner finds you liable.
When you submit an adjudication request to admit with an explanation or contest a ticket by mail or online. A DC DMV hearing examiner will read the information you submit to adjudicate the ticket and will decide whether you must pay the fine or the fine and the penalty. The hearing examiner can also decide to reduce or dismiss the ticket based on DC Code and Traffic Regulations. The hearing examiner will mail the decision to the vehicle owner’s address of record with the DMV notifying the owner of the decision.
Parking and photo enforcement tickets can be contested by scheduling a virtual hearing, submitting an online adjudication request, by mail using the mail adjudication form, or you may walk in for an in-person hearing.
Contest Parking and Photo Tickets Virtually
To schedule a virtual hearing for a parking ticket, please use the link below:
To schedule a virtual hearing for a photo enforcement ticket, please use the link below:
Contest Tickets Online
The online system will ask you to provide a written explanation as to why you are contesting the ticket. You should upload supporting documentation such as hardcopy photographs, vehicle registration, or receipts.
When DC DMV receives your online adjudication request to contest a ticket, DC DMV will send a confirmation email. If you don’t receive this email, you should resubmit the online form to contest the ticket or you may call 311 to ask that they confirm our receipt of your request.
The online adjudication form is available at the link below:
Contest Tickets By Mail
When DC DMV receives your request to contest a ticket by mail, DC DMV will send you a postcard that indicates we have received your request. If you don’t receive this postcard, you may call 311 to ask that they confirm our receipt of your adjudication request.
PO Box 37135
Washington, DC 20013
The mail adjudication form is available at the link below:
- Mail Adjudication Form
Contest Parking and Photo Tickets In-Person
To contest a Parking or Photo ticket in person you must visit Adjudication Services for a walk-in hearing.
To contest a ticket, you must be the registered owner of the vehicle and present the vehicle registration, or the owner must authorize you to act on his or her behalf by completing and signing the Power of Attorney form, available at the link below:
- Power of Attorney
If you contest a ticket issued to a rental car you must provide the rental agreement for the vehicle showing the rental period matches the date of issuance for the ticket.
Find more information on the Adjudication Services Office available at the link below:
- Adjudication Services Office
Legal Defenses to Parking Tickets
If you want to contest your parking tickets, there are certain defenses you can offer.
District of Columbia law (Official Code Section 50-2303.5 (a) (2)) provides seven defenses for parking violations:
- You were not the owner or lessee of the cited vehicle at the time of the infraction.
- The cited vehicle or its state registration plates were stolen at the time of the violation (requires full police report).
- The relevant signs prohibiting or restricting parking were missing or obscured.
- The relevant parking meter was inoperable or malfunctioned through no fault of the person who received the ticket.
- The facts alleged on the parking violation notice are inconsistent or do not support a finding that the specified regulation was violated.
- The vehicle was suddenly mechanically disabled, provided that the vehicle was removed as soon as practicable.
- The operator suddenly needed immediate medical assistance (proof of medical attention required).
Your parking ticket can be dismissed only if one of these seven defenses is successfully raised. You should provide evidence to support your defense when you contest online or by mail request to:
PO Box 31375
Washington, DC 20013
Note: If you are issued a ticket while driving a rental car, rental car agreements provide that a rental party is responsible for all tickets issued to the rental vehicle during the rental period. DC DMV has discovered that some rental car companies will automatically pay any ticket(s) incurred on vehicles and charge the customer the ticket fine plus administrative fees. They will not provide you with the opportunity to adjudicate the tickets, as the adjudication process ends once a ticket is paid even if the ticket is going through the adjudication process. As the legal owner of the vehicle, rental car companies are within their rights to use this process.
Most parking tickets in the District are written by the DC Department of Public Works (DC DPW). If you receive a parking ticket issued by DC DPW (i.e., Dept 15 on the bottom of the ticket), you may visit the DC DPW website, then search TICPIX to see images of the parking violation and resulting ticket. Any images available will be posted 72 hours after a ticket is issued, but not all violations will have associated pictures.
Below is a link to the DC DPW:
How to Decrease Your Chance of Receiving a Parking Ticket
In general, to decrease your chances of receiving a parking ticket, always:
- Read the posted signage. Signs are not required to be posted every car length. Signs posted at the ends of the block are considered “anchor signs” and may govern the allowable parking for the entire length of the block.
- Adhere to the time restrictions on the signage. There is no “grace” period.
- If multiple signs are posted, the most restrictive sign should be followed.
- Don’t expect to receive a verbal or written warning. You will receive a ticket if you park illegally.
- Realize that posted signage takes precedence over what is written on the meter.
- Some violations, such as parking too close to the intersection, within 10 feet of a fire hydrant, etc., do not require a posted sign under Title 18 District of Columbia Municipal Regulations Section 2405.
The Top Ten Most Frequently Issued Parking Tickets
The following is a list of some of the most commonly issued parking violations:
- AM and PM Rush Hour – In effect between 7 am and 9:30 am and 4 pm and 6:30 pm or longer; provides an extra traffic lane during prime commuter hours. A vehicle cannot block this lane during the restricted hours. You may stop only long enough to pick up or discharge.
- Loading Zone – Only commercial vehicles can park in loading zones. A commercial vehicle is a vehicle that is registered in the name of a business or enterprise, not an individual. A commercial vehicle may or may not display commercial tags, depending on the rules of the jurisdiction where it is registered.
- Meters – Adhere to the time restriction on the posted signs. Once the time limit is reached, you can be ticketed for parking overtime, even if the meter has not expired.
- Residential Parking Permit Zones – You are allowed two hours in the entire zone for the entire day. You cannot move your car from space to space within the zone and restart the clock.
- Failure to Secure DC Tags – Vehicles parked in DC for a continuous 30 days are required to be registered in DC or to display a reciprocity sticker. If you are a frequent visitor, you may be issued a Registration of Out of State Automobile (ROSA) exemption that will prevent you from being cited for the violation. A ROSA exemption will not prevent the issuance of residential parking permit tickets.
- ROSA information is available at the link below:
- Registration of Out of State Automobiles
- No Stopping – No stopping or parking is allowed.
- No Standing – No stopping, standing, or parking is allowed.
- No Parking for Street Cleaning – Adhere to the time and day of the week restriction, even if the street cleaning has been completed.
- Emergency No Parking – Adhere to the restriction until the time and date have passed or the sign has been removed.
- Relocation Tow – Your vehicle may be relocated to another space if it is parked illegally. The relocation tow is in lieu of towing your vehicle to an impound lot. A relocation tow fee will be charged.
Parking Ticket Scenarios with Supporting Documentation
This list shows instances in which you should be able to provide images or documentation to support arguments against a ticket:
- Meter problem.
- The meter read failed.
- The coin did not register.
- You have a service request confirmation number from the Citywide Call Center for a report on a broken meter obtained on the same date the ticket was issued. Although a confirmation number will not result in a ticket automatically being dismissed, it will assist the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) in determining if the meter was inoperable.
- You paid for parking with ParkMobile. Submit your ParkMobile Detailed Sessions Report that shows tag number, parking zone number, start time, end time, and date. The ParkMobile monthly invoice is not an acceptable document.
- Ticket is defective.
- The incorrect tag number. For example, your tag number is MD OQM123 and the tag number on the ticket is MD OOM123. Provide a copy of your vehicle registration as evidence for contesting the ticket.
- The time is missing. The time does not include AM or PM unless time is noted on a 24-hour cycle or what is usually termed as military time.
- The officer’s name or badge number is missing.
- The ticket violation date is missing.
- Vehicle owner is deceased.
- There is no vehicle co-owner and the tickets were issued prior to the vehicle owner’s death.
- Provide a copy of the vehicle owner’s death certificate and the vehicle registration.
- Vehicle or vehicle license plate was stolen on the date the ticket was issued.
- Provide a copy of the complete police report (which must contain the vehicle tag number).
- The police customer complaint number (CCN) is not sufficient to adjudicate the ticket.
- Vehicle suddenly experienced mechanical problems that prevented you from moving it. Running out of gas is not a valid defense to a ticket.
- You have a receipt for the repair or tow of the vehicle on or soon after the date the ticket was issued
- You have a valid disabled placard or vehicle tag.
- The placard or tag was properly displayed at the time the ticket was issued.
- Display of the placard or tags allows the holder or vehicle owner to park for twice the posted time limit when parking is permissible. For example, the vehicle can be parked for four hours in a two-hour residential permit parking zone.
- This defense applies when the vehicle is parked at a red top meter, in a residential permit parking zone or in a designated disability parking space.
- The authorized owner of the placard or tag must have been associated with the vehicle during the period the ticket was issued. In other words, a non-owner of the placard or tag could not have been fraudulently using the placard/tag to benefit from disability parking.
- You received a ticket while driving a rental vehicle.
- The rental car company is the owner of the vehicle. The company may be a part of the Distric's Multi-Owner Fleet program and receive monthly reports of unpaid tickets. The company can choose to pay all tickets issued to its vehicles. You should look for language concerning parking tickets in your rental agreement.
- Once the ticket is paid by you or the rental company, you cannot contest it. Under DC law, payment is considered an admission, and the adjudication request will not be reviewed. This includes the scenario where you submit an adjudication request; however, before a decision is made, the rental company pays the ticket.
- If you contest via mail or online, the decision will be mailed directly to the registered owner, the rental car company.
Legal Defenses to Photo Tickets
If you want to contest your photo tickets, there are certain defenses you can offer.
DC Code §50-2209.02(a) and (d). §50-2209.02(a) provides that absent a crime or fraud the owner if the vehicle is liable for payment. §50-2209.02(d) provides that the owner is presumed not liable when
- yielding the right of way to an emergency vehicle;
- when the vehicle or tags have been stolen prior to the violation;
- when part of a funeral procession; or
- when following the direction of a law enforcement officer. Here are the provisions:
§50-2209.02(a) Absent an intervening criminal or fraudulent act, the owner of a vehicle issued a notice of infraction shall be liable for payment of the fine assessed for the infraction.
§50-2209.02(d) The owner or operator of a vehicle shall not be presumed liable for violations in the vehicle recorded by an automated traffic enforcement system when yielding the right of way to an emergency vehicle, when the vehicle or tags have been reported stolen prior to the citation, when part of a funeral procession, or at the direction of a law enforcement officer.
You may contest parking or photo enforcement tickets online within 60 calendar days from the date the ticket was issued, or mailed, in the case of photo enforcement tickets, at the link below:
You will be asked to provide an email address. DC DMV will send a confirmation email to that email address when we receive your form contesting the ticket.
If you have a DC DMV email ticket alert service (TAS) account, you will receive an email telling you a decision on your ticket has been made. Register for TAS at the link below:
- Email Ticket Alert Service (TAS)
Contest by Mail
If you want to contest a ticket by regular mail, DC DMV must receive your documentation no later than 30 calendar days from the date the ticket was issued, or mailed, in the case of photo enforcement tickets. If your documentation is received between calendar days 31 and 60, a penalty will be assessed, equal to the initial fine—meaning the ticket will double. If you are held liable for the ticket at this point, you will be responsible for the initial ticket fine plus the penalty.
Complete the information on the back of the ticket and mail the ticket, Mail Adjudication Form, and supporting documentation to:
DC DMV Adjudication Services
Attn: Mail Adjudication
PO Box 37135
Washington, DC 20013
- You were parked correctly. ...
- The parking signs or road markings were unclear. ...
- There was no way to pay. ...
- You were charged too much. ...
- You weren't driving when the ticket was issued. ...
- You couldn't get back to your car. ...
- Your car broke down. ...
- You were only just out of time.
If you don't pay: the cost could go up as you might have to pay court costs – and PCNs are increased by 50% if you don't pay in time. your credit rating could be affected. the court could send bailiffs to take your belongings.Can I ignore a parking ticket from a private company? ›
If you decide to do nothing
The company may continue to send requests to pay and you could continue to ignore these. Private parking operators could take you to court, but they may choose not to do this, as the amount of money being demanded is usually quite small. Keep the ticket and any other paperwork or evidence.
Dear Sir or Madam, I am writing to challenge the above Penalty Charge Notice. My car had been stolen on [insert date] and therefore I wasn't driving the vehicle at the alleged time and date of the alleged contravention. Please find enclosed correspondence from the police as proof.What happens if your PCN appeal is rejected? ›
What happens next? If your challenge is successful, the PCN is cancelled and no further action is taken. If your challenge is unsuccessful and rejected, you have another chance to pay at the reduced rate if your challenge was received within 14 days. If received after the 14 days you may have to pay the full amount.Do parking tickets affect insurance? ›
Do parking tickets raise insurance in any way? A parking ticket likely will not raise your auto insurance. However, unpaid parking tickets sent to collections could potentially affect your credit-based insurance score.Do I have to pay civil enforcement parking charge notice? ›
Whether you have to pay a private parking fine will depend on who it was issued by. If the fine was issued by the police or council workers, known as a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN), you can't ignore it. This is because they're backed by the law and if you ignore this for too long, you could get summoned to court.What happens if I can't afford my fine? ›
If you don't, the court can: take the money from your wages or benefits. send bailiffs to your home to collect what you owe - you'll have to pay bailiff's fees as well as your outstanding fine.How long can you be chased for a private parking fine? ›
Is there a time limit on when private parking firms can give me a ticket? The short answer is yes! You should expect a private parking firm to fix a notice to your car before you leave the car park and then post you a follow-up within about 2 months.How do I challenge a private parking ticket? ›
Challenging a private parking fine from non-trade members
You can do this through the British Parking Association (BPA) or International Parking Community (IPC) websites. If they're not an ATA member, then you should not make first contact with the company.
You can choose not to pay your parking ticket and the parking company will decide if it's worth taking you to court. If the parking company takes you to court and you lose: you'll have to pay the fine, which could go up by then. you might have to pay court costs - these could be expensive.Is National Parking Enforcement Ltd legal? ›
Yes, National Parking Enforcement are authorised by our clients (with agreements in place) to erect warning signage explaining the terms and conditions of parking, issue Parking Charge Notices for a breach of those advertised terms and conditions, and to recover and retain these Parking Charges.What do you say when challenging PCN? ›
Making a formal challenge
You must: explain your reasons for challenging the PCN in as much detail as possible. provide copies of any evidence or documents to support your challenge.
Fixed penalty notices (FPN) and penalty charge notices (PCN) are fines for minor driving offences. They will not appear on your criminal record unless a court gives you a conviction because of one.Does PCN affect driving Licence? ›
A PCN is a penalty for contravention of parking regulations. It can be paid, contested by appeal, or contested by defending a claim for payment under the small claims track of the county court. You won't get a criminal record or points on your licence.How do you challenge a notice of enforcement? ›
appeal to the adjudicator. A Notice of Appeal form should be sent by the enforcement authority with the Notice of Rejection. If this form is not enclosed, the authority should be contacted to obtain one. The enforcement authority should also send you a verification code to enable you to appeal on-line if you prefer.How much is the fine for illegal parking? ›
You will be issued a ticket and a P1,000 fine or thereabout depending on the rules and regulations of the LGU or national government unit.Do you get penalty points for parking ticket? ›
You can get 3 penalty points and a fixed charge fine of €80 for this offence. If you do not pay within 28 days, the fine increases to €120.
If you've parked illegally, a police officer or traffic warden can give you a fixed penalty notice. The police officer or traffic warden will fix it to your car. There's no time limit for how long after an infringement the police can issue a penalty charge notice.Can civil enforcement take you to court? ›
If you have received a court claim from CEL our recommendation is to: Do not ignore it! If you don't defend the claim, then it will default against you. If you don't then pay it then you will have a County Court Judgement on your credit file.
A bailiff ('enforcement agent') may visit your home if you do not pay your debts - such as Council Tax bills, parking fines, court fines and county court, high court or family court judgments. This will happen if you ignore letters saying that bailiffs will be used.Can bailiffs take my car for a parking fine? ›
If you think bailiffs could take your vehicle you should move it somewhere safe while you sort out the debt. Bailiffs can only clamp your vehicle if they find it parked at your home, business or in a public place like a road or car park.Does anyone likes paying a fine begin no one? ›
Answer. No one likes paying a fine. No one likes to pay a fine.Can you pay court fees in installments? ›
The next step is a committal proceeding. You can go before the magistrate and re-instate your offer to pay in instalments or commute the fine to a deduction order from benefits, or unpaid work under Paragraph 2 of Schedule 6 of the Courts Act 2003.How long do you have to pay court fines? ›
By statute you can have up to 30 days to pay your fines and costs. You must ask the Judge for time to pay; the Judge can even give longer than the 30 days.Do private parking tickets affect credit? ›
A ticket paid on time isn't reported to credit bureaus and won't affect your credit for better or worse. In contrast, unpaid fines could end up with a collection agency. This process negatively affects your credit because it shows as a delinquency on your credit report.What is the observation time for a parking ticket? ›
Observation Period: Minimum 5 minutes casual observation to determine whether the motorist is at a pay & display machine. PCN Issue Criteria: Vehicle parked with no permit displayed or parked with permit details not clearly visible.Can you get a CCJ for a private parking ticket? ›
A County Court Judgment (CCJ) can be issued for not paying a private parking ticket when you don't respond to the company's claim against you. A CCJ is a type of court order that is automatically issued when the defendant doesn't respond to the claim.How do I write a witness statement for a parking ticket? ›
You must provide details of the date payment was made, the method of payment i.e. cash, cheque etc and who the payment was made to. Please note you may be asked to provide proof of payment upon receipt. This does not apply if you just forgot to pay the penalty charge, mislaid it or forgot to make a representation.Can private parking companies send bailiffs? ›
A private parking operator can't issue bailiffs, but they can pursue the debt through County Court to apply for a County Court Judgment against you.
How many POPLA appeals are successful? A POPLA annual report in 2020 found that 41% of POPLA appeals are accepted, meaning around 4 in 10 motorists get their parking fines cancelled by escalating their appeal. This also suggests that car park companies are wrongfully rejecting 41% of initial appeals.How long does a parking company have to respond to an appeal? ›
How long does a parking company have to respond to an appeal? Private parking companies have up to 56 days to respond to your appeal. If they fail to respond within these eight weeks, you automatically win the appeal and won't have to pay.How do you beat ANPR parking? ›
You must appeal in writing within 28 days. The appeal may be called a representation and should relay your reasons for wanting the ticket cancelled. It may require further evidence as well, such as photos. ANPR Parking must respond within 56 days.Can I sue a car park? ›
Yes. Drivers have the same duty of care in car parks as they do on any other kind of road. If the accident was caused by driver negligence, a pedestrian car park accident claim may be possible.Should I pay local parking Ltd? ›
Should I pay a Local Parking Security Ltd fine? This depends on whether the parking ticket was issued correctly and you deserve it. But first, you should check that the details on the ticket are correct. Next, make sure you were sent the fine within the acceptable time.Can private parking firms access DVLA? ›
They can do this either through a secure electronic link or by making a manual request. We have strict safeguards in place for both routes. All private car parking management companies requiring access to DVLA data must be a member of a DVLA ATA and comply with that association's code of practice.Are private parking fines enforceable in England? ›
Although private parking tickets cannot be enforced initially, the car park owner could take you to a small claims court for not paying. They will argue in court that you broke a contractual agreement by entering and parking on their private land.How do you write a judge requesting leniency? ›
- write a clear introduction,
- introduce yourself and establish credibility,
- provide reasons for leniency,
- tell a story, and.
- provide contact information.
Appeals are only considered for medical emergencies or for notices issued in error. You are required to submit documentary proof. Otherwise, please pay your parking fine online now.How long should a appeal letter be? ›
Your letter should be brief and concise. One or two pages should be sufficient to outline your position. Avoid irrelevant or tangential material. Before you submit your appeal, take some time to consider your options and gather information.
(ii) GROUNDS SHOULD BE SIMPLE, CONCISE ANY SPECIFIC
Ground of appeal should be simple, clear, precise, concise, specific and without any ambiguity. Grounds should avoid repetition. In the grounds of appeal, the assessee must only state the cause of grievance and avoid using long sentences.
The general rule is that you can receive a penalty charge notice for the same violation every three hours - so if you're parked in a prohibited area for a long duration of time, you can easily come back to two or three tickets.How do I fight a parking ticket in Baltimore? ›
How do I request a court date to contest a citation? If you are being sued by the Director of Budget and Finance for the nonpayment of a parking or automated enforcement ticket, you may call 410-887-8154 and speak with a Parking and Automated Enforcement Office representative.How do I fight a parking ticket in San Diego? ›
Via Mail: Send in your payment slip with note indicating you would like a hearing by mail or in person. In Person: Visit our office and let a clerk at the front know you would like to schedule a hearing. Over the Phone: Call us at 866-470-1308 and let the customer service representative know you would like a hearing.Is a PCN a criminal record? ›
The parking tickets we issue are called Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs). PCNs require payment of a fine but do not result in a criminal record or points on a driving licence.Does PCN affect insurance? ›
Yes, all penalty points can potentially increase your insurance premium.How do I appeal a parking ticket in Maryland? ›
The on-line request for appeal must be received at least 5 days prior to the citation's due date (10 days from ticket issuance). During the review process there may be a need to provide additional information for consideration. It is, therefore, very important to provide a current and valid e-mail address.How do I fight a ticket in Maryland? ›
Three Ways to Respond to a Traffic Ticket in Maryland
Pay the fine. Request a waiver hearing. Request a trial.
In Maryland, an unpaid ticket can prevent you from renewing the registration on your vehicle, which will prevent you from driving. Unpaid tickets can result in the suspension of your license and even cause your car to get a boot or be impounded until all tickets, and late penalties are paid.How do you get a parking ticket dismissed in California? ›
You may either request an in-person Hearing or a Hearing by Written Declaration. For written declarations you must submit your written reason for contesting the citation and ALL evidence to support your case. You need not be present.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred)
- Mail: UC San Diego. Parking Citation Appeals. 9500 Gilman Drive #0042. La Jolla, CA 92093-0042.
Five unpaid, delinquent citations — Parking enforcement officers immobilize (boot) your vehicle. You must pay all delinquent parking citations and a $150 boot removal fee within 24 hours to avoid towing. If penalties remain unpaid after 24 hours, a local towing company will tow the vehicle off UC San Diego property.