D.C. DMV offers traffic ticket amnesty

      Have you been putting off paying that traffic ticket? Now's your chance.

      The D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles is offering a ticket amnesty that allows people to pay outstanding tickets without paying a fine for being late.

      The amnesty starts Aug. 1, 2011 and runs through Jan. 27, 2012. All parking tickets, moving violation citations and photo enhancement tickets issued before Jan. 1, 2010 qualify for the amnesty program.

      "This program is an incentive for customers to pay off their old tickets," said Mayor Vincent Gray. "In the current economic environment, we expect that many customers will take advantage of this opportunity to clear their debts to DMV at a lower cost - producing revenue results for the District."

      More than 80 percent of unpaid parking tickets have gone to folks outside the District. The DMV will send them reminders at a cost of $360,000.

      "It would definitely make me pay faster," said Woodbridge resident Eddie Soto.

      You can pay your ticket online at or by phone at (866-893-5023) or in person at DMV Adjudication Services, located at 301 C Street, NW, Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.