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Amnesty Program for Drivers with Outstanding Tickets

Mayor Muriel Bowser's ticket amnesty program ended December 31, 2021, but here is an overview of how it worked. On April 19, 2021, the Mayor announced a four-month amnesty program to give District and non-District drivers the opportunity to pay outstanding tickets. On September 27, 2021, the Mayor announced an extension until December 31, 2021. During the amnesty period, penalties drivers incurred on tickets were waived. Now that the amnesty period has ended, all penalties will be added back on all tickets.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who Did This Program Benefit?

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

When Did the Program Start?

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

Which Tickets Were Eligible?

Tickets must have been issued before December 31, 2021.

What Types of Tickets Were Eligible?

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

What Did Someone Have to Pay?

A driver still had to pay any original ticket amount; however, any penalties were waived. However, Department of Public Works tow and storage fees, if any, were not waived.

How Could Someone Have Used the Program?

They just had to pay the eligible ticket online, in person or by mail during the amnesty period.

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

The penalty was waived, and the ticket closed.

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

They just paid the original ticket amount; penalties were waived during the amnesty period.

What If Someone Was Already on a Payment Plan for a Ticket and a Penalty?

Penalties were waived only for unpaid/open tickets. If the plan was not satisfied when the amnesty period ended, penalties were added back.


1. The amnesty program did 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.