How Do You Pay a Washington, D.C., DMV Ticket?


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There are four ways to pay a Washington, D.C. DMV ticket, including online, by mail, in person and over the phone, according the District of Columbia's Department of Motor Vehicles. As of May 2015, DMV tickets require payment within 30 days of the issue date.

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To pay a DMV ticket online or by phone, you need the ticket information and a credit card to pay the fine. The information provided online goes to a third-party system and remains secure. You can pay by Visa, Mastercard, or Discover, explains the District of Columbia's Department of Motor Vehicles.

When paying by mail, submit either a check or money order for the fine amount and payable to DC Treasurer. Write the ticket number on the check or money order to ensure proper credit. If the ticket number is not available, submit tag information, including the issuing state and tag number, the District of Columbia's DMV states.

To pay in person, you need the ticket, or you can obtain a copy after presenting proper identification, and then you can pay by cash, check, money order or credit card. When paying by any other method than cash, you must provide acceptable identification such as a valid driver's license, DMV-issued non-driver's ID, passport or military ID, according to the District of Columbia's DMV.

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