How to Check for Traffic Tickets in DC

By Christina Shaffer
Pay your outstanding tickets online to avoid any upleasurable issues, such as having your car towed or booted for nonpayment.

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Having your car towed or booted for outstanding traffic tickets is not pleasurable. To keep your car from being detained in a certain state, you can easily check the status of any existing traffic tickets online. Most states, as well as Washington, D.C., have websites that allow traffic violators to pay their ticket fines online. If you don't have your parking ticket handy, don't fret. You can simply input your license plate number and review any outstanding traffic tickets online.

Go to the District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles website, Dmv.washingtondc.gov, and click on the "Online" link, which is under "Services."

Click on the "Pay Tickets" link and select your violation, such as "Parking and/or Photo Enforcement Violation" or "Minor Moving Violation."

Enter your ticket number, which is on the front of your physical ticket. If you don't know the ticket number, you can locate traffic violations by selecting the state your vehicle is registered in and entering your license plate number. When you're finished entering your information, click on the "Submit" button. If you have any existing tickets, you will be provided with a list of violations. If you do not have any unpaid tickets, you will receive a "Plate is not found" error message.

About the Author

Christina Shaffer is a freelance writer based in New Jersey and has been writing arts and entertainment articles since 2005. Her articles have appeared in "Philadelphia City Paper." Shaffer received a B.A. in journalism and gender studies at Rutgers University.

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