A person receiving a DC speeding ticket, parking ticket, minor moving violation, or DC photo enforcement ticket must respond within 60 calendar days (including weekends and holidays) of the date on the ticket. The day after the date on the ticket counts as day one. If you do not pay or contest the DC ticket within 30 calendar days a penalty equal to the fine amount is added (the ticket doubles). If you pay the ticket, you are admitting guilt and lose the right to contest the ticket. If you decide to pay your DC speeding ticket, the District of Columbia DMV provides four payment options: online, by mail, in person, or by phone at (866) 893-5023. You may be eligible to pay your DC ticket in installments.
If you decide to pay by mail:
Make your check or money order payable to the DC Treasurer (do not send cash) and write the ticket number on your payment. Include the ticket, or if you do not have your ticket, write the vehicle's state and tag number on your check or money order (e.g. DC license tag #123456). Send your parking, photo enforcement or moving violation and check or money order to: DMV Adjudication Services, PO Box 2014, Washington, DC 20013.
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ARE RADAR DETECTORS LEGAL IN DC?
Radar detectors are illegal in Washington, DC and also in Virginia. You are subject to a fine and confiscation of the radar detector unit even if it is turned off or if radar detectors are legal in your home state. For those of you who do not live in Washington, DC, click on the RADAR DETECTOR link below. The troopers do use a radar detector detectors. The Beltronics STi is the only unit supposed to be undetectable.
District of Columbia law enforcement officers will ask you for
proof of DC auto insurance at the time of traffic stops or accidents. Insurance companies notify the DMV of all DC insurance policy cancellations, non-renewals, and new policies. If your insurance company sends the DMV a notice that your auto insurance policy is no longer active, the DC DMV will send you an inquiry notice to verify insurance status.
Failure to maintain proper DC auto insurance could lead to the suspension of your vehicle registration and/or driver license. To reinstate these privileges, fees and future proof of financial responsibility must be filed with District of Columbia DMV. The future proof requirement is most commonly an SR22 form from an insurance company. This can be expensive to the vehicle owner, especially since the law requires the owner to carry the SR22 for three years from the date of suspension.
DC TRAFFIC FINES INCREASE
Transportation officials recently proposed increasing DC traffic fines up to as much as $1,000 as part of an effort to balance Washington DC's budget. The increases are projected to generate an additional $7 million per year. However, DC speeding tickets are only for the purpose of safety, or at least that is what the politicians keep saying.
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