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Amnesty Program 2021 Frequently Asked Questions

Who has helped through this program?
It helps eligible drivers pay their outstanding tickets, including District residents and non-District residents alike, who are having trouble obtaining a REAL ID credential because of outstanding tickets.

When does the program start?
It runs for four months -- June 12021 to September 30, 2021.

What types of tickets are eligible?
Tickets must have been issued prior to September 30, 2021. Parking, photo enforcement (speed and red-light cameras) and minor moving violations issued by law enforcement will be included in the Amnesty.

What will I have to pay?
You still must pay any original ticket amount; however, any penalties and collection fees will be waived.

How is the amount due during Amnesty calculated?
Any ticket, which qualifies for the Amnesty, will be reduced to the original fine amount during the amnesty period.

  • Example: $100 ticket issued prior to September 30, 2021
    • Penalty of $100 (assessed after 30 days of non-payment), Collection fee of $40 (assessed after 90 days of non-payment), Total = $240
    • Total owed on ticket during Amnesty = $100

How do I use the Program?
Pay the eligible ticket online, by phone, in-person by appointment, or by mail during the amnesty period.

What if I have already paid the original ticket and not the penalty?
The penalty will be waived, and the ticket will be closed.

What if I was found liable at an Adjudication Hearing, but did not pay the ticket or the penalty?
You will be responsible for the the original ticket amount, not the penalty as penalties and fees are waived during the amnesty period.

What if I am already on a payment plan for a ticket and a penalty?
Penalties and fees will be waived only for unpaid/open tickets. If the plan is not satisfied when the amnesty period ends, penalties will be added back. If the plan included multiple tickets that have been paid already, previously paid penalties and/or fees will not be reimbursed.

Can I get on a payment plan for Amnesty-related tickets?
Only ticket settlements, but no payment plans, will be offered to District and non-District residents with tickets in Collections who can provide evidence of financial hardship to the Office of the Chief Financial Officer’s Central Collection Unit (OCFO CCU). Individuals with tickets in collections experiencing hardship should reach out to the CCU at 833-480-8974 after June 12021, to determine their options. Additionally, any tickets included in a settlement plan will no longer be eligible for adjudication.

Can I wait until June 1 to pay my tickets?
Yes, you can wait until June 1 to pay your tickets; however, DMV services will not be reinstated until payments are made on outstanding tickets and they are resolved.