• You must only claim one of the following defenses if you deny the violation:
    • You were not the owner or lessee of the vehicle on the date that the ticket was issued.
    • The vehicle or vehicle tags were stolen on or before the date the ticket was issued.
    • The relevant meter was broken through no fault of your own.
    • The relevant sign was missing or obscured.
    • The stipulated facts on the ticket are inconsistent or do not support the violation.
    • The vehicle experienced sudden mechanical failure.
    • The driver or passenger of the vehicle required immediate medical attention (proof of medical attention required).
  • You should provide evidence to support your defense.

By Mail:

  • Your request must be received within 60 calendar days of the ticket issue date.
  • However if you do not contest or pay within 30 calendar days, a penalty equal to the fine will be added.
  • Complete the back of the ticket and mark “deny.”
  • Complete the Mail Adjudication Form*, summarizing your defense. Submit the form and any evidence, such as photographs or receipts, which you think might help your case.
  • Send to: DMV Adjudication Services, Attn: Mail Adjudication, PO Box 37135, Washington, DC 20013.
  • You will be notified in writing of the hearing examiner’s decision within six months.