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Amnesty Program for Drivers with Outstanding Tickets

On April 19, 2021, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a four-month amnesty program to give District and non-District drivers the opportunity to pay outstanding tickets. During the amnesty period, penalties drivers incurred on tickets will be waived. At the end of the amnesty period, all penalties will be added back on all tickets. On September 27, 2021, the Mayor announced an EXTENSION of the program until December 31, 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who Will This Program Benefit?

It helps eligible drivers pay their outstanding tickets, including District residents who are having trouble obtaining a REAL ID credential because of outstanding tickets.

When Does the Program Start?

 It runs for seven months, from June 1, 2021, to December 31, 2021.

Which Tickets Are Eligible?

Tickets must have been issued before December 31, 2021.

What Types of Tickets Are Eligible?

Parking, photo enforcement (incuding speed, red-light and stop-sign cameras) and minor moving violations issued by law enforcement.

What Will I Have to Pay?

You still must pay any original ticket amount; however, any penalties will be waived. However, Department of Public Works tow and storage fees, if any, will not be waived.

How Do I Use the Program?

Just pay the eligible ticket online, in person or by mail during the amnesty period.

What If I Already Paid the Original Ticket Amount, But Not the Penalty?

The penalty will be waived, and the ticket closed.

What If I Was Found Liable at an Adjudication Hearing, But Did Not Pay the Ticket or Penalty?

You just pay the original ticket amount; penalties are waived during the amnesty period.

What If I’m Already on a Payment Plan for a Ticket and a Penalty?

Penalties will be waived only for unpaid/open tickets. If the plan is not satisfied when the amnesty period ends, penalties are added back.


1. The amnesty program does not affect the usual ticket adjudication time limits. Parking and photo tickets can no longer be adjudicated after 120 days of issuance. Minor moving violations can no longer be adjudicated after 60 days of issuance.