Monday, August 1, 2011

Have Unpaid Parking Tickets? Get Amnesty Starting Today

Starting today, August 1, the DC Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is offering a temporary ticket amnesty program to allow anyone with outstanding tickets to pay the face value of the ticket without the penalty that would otherwise be due.

The amnesty will continue through January 27, 2012. All open parking tickets, citations for moving violations and photo-enforcement tickets issued before January 1, 2010, qualify under the amnesty program.

Mayor Vincent Gray announced the program last week, saying, “This program is an incentive for customers to pay off their old tickets. In the current economic environment, we expect that many customers will take advantage of this opportunity to clear their debts to DMV at a lower cost – producing revenue results for the District.”

The current value of the more than 4 million outstanding tickets eligible under the amnesty program is $245.7 million. Of this amount, the District expects to collect approximately $6.3 million during the six-month amnesty. Among the local jurisdictions, drivers in Maryland owe the most to the District in unpaid tickets.

How the Parking Ticket Amnesty Program Works

Customers can pay their amnesty tickets online at, over the phone at 866-893-5023, or in person at DMV Adjudication Services, 301 C Street, NW, Monday through Friday from 8:15am - 4:00pm. (However, expect the in-person wait to be several hours due to increased customer volume resulting from the amnesty program.)

Under the program:
  • Hearings cannot be requested on amnesty tickets.
  • Amnesty tickets are eligible for a ticket-payment plan.
  • Payments on tickets made prior to August 1, 2011 are not eligible for a refund.
  • No points will be assessed on moving-violation tickets paid.
 The last time the District offered a ticket amnesty was in 2001. For more information about the program, visit or email

Ticket Amnesty Program Q&A

Q: What is ticket amnesty?
A: Ticket amnesty is a temporary program that allows customers to pay older, outstanding tickets without paying the penalty that has been assessed on the ticket. The program will run from August 1, 2011 until January 27, 2012.

Q: What type of penalty was assessed on my older tickets?
A: The fine doubled on any outstanding ticket not paid after 30 days. But if you have tickets prior to 1991, the fine doubled after 15 days. Under amnesty, the penalty will be removed.

Q: Which tickets qualify for amnesty?
A: All open parking, moving violation and photo enforcement tickets issued before January 1, 2010 qualify under the ticket amnesty program.

Q: How do I know the total amount of my unpaid tickets?
A: Visit and enter all your current and old vehicle license plate numbers or your driver’s license numbers. During the amnesty period, all penalties on eligible tickets are dropped.

Q: Do I have to pay all my tickets at one time?
A: No. Tickets can be paid at any time during the amnesty period. However, eligible tickets not paid during the amnesty period will have the penalty added back to the ticket.

 Q: Can I request a hearing on amnesty tickets?
A: No. The period for contesting amnesty tickets has passed.

Q: Will points be assessed if I pay a moving violation?
A: No. Points will not be assessed on moving violation tickets under the amnesty program. But if you were previously found liable for a moving violation and had points assessed at that time, the points will not be removed from your driver’s record until two years have expired.

Q: Are amnesty tickets eligible for a ticket payment plan?
A: Yes, but for District residents only who meet plan eligibility requirements. If you are already on a ticket payment plan, the penalty has been removed from the amnesty tickets. If your payment plan is not satisfied within the agreed 6 months, your penalty will be reinstated at the end of your payment plan period.

Q: Are outstanding tickets that have been referred to a collection agency eligible too?
A: Yes. DMV’s collections contractor, Professional Account Management, is aware of DMV’s amnesty program. Penalties have also been removed from amnesty tickets in their database. If you have tickets listed with the credit bureaus, Professional Account Management will request that the file is expunged after the fine amount is paid.

Q: I recently paid several tickets that would qualify for the amnesty program. Can I get a refund?
A: No. Payments made prior to August 1, 2011 will not qualify for the amnesty program and no refunds will be issued.

 Q: Where can I find out more about the amnesty program?
A: You can visit the DMV website at or send an email to

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