This page explains how to pay fines for various types of civil infractions. It is important to carefully read the ticket or notice you received to see how much time you have — you may have as little as 14 days to pay the fine. If your payment is received after the deadline, additional penalties could be imposed.
You can use the payment methods explained below whether you just received a ticket/notice and want to pay the fine, or whether you challenged the fine and received from OAH a final order imposing fines/penalties.
If you have questions about paying a fine, contact the OAH Clerk's Office by calling 202-442-9094 and pressing "3" from the main menu, or by emailing [email protected].
Taxicab or For-Hire Vehicle Ticket
(called a "Title 31" violation):
If you want to admit the violation and pay the fine, visit the Department of Motor Vehicles website and follow the instructions to pay the fine. OAH hears contested cases regarding Title 31 violations, but DMV handles fine payments directly.
Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), Department of Buildings (DOB), or a Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection (DLCP) Notice of Infraction (NOI):
If you want to admit the infraction and pay the fine, visit the DOB/DLCP Online Payment Portal and follow the instructions to pay the fine. OAH hears contested cases regarding DCRA, DOB, and DLCP NOIs but the agencies handle fine payments directly.
Notice of Violation or a Notice of Infraction regarding any other issue:
If you want to admit the violation or infraction and pay the fine, you can do so by:
- Mailing or bringing a check or money order to the Office of Administrative Hearings, 441 Fourth Street, NW, Suite 450 North, Washington, DC 20001. Please put your notice number on the check or money order. It is also helpful if you can include a copy of the notice your received; or
- Paying your fine online through the OAH Payment Portal. To use this option, you must have an OAH case number. If the agency that gave you the notice has not yet filed a copy of the notice with OAH, you will not have an OAH case number. You can still pay the fine but will need to pay by check or money order. If you have an OAH case number, enter the case number on the first page of the portal, and then follow the instructions to submit the payment. OAH accepts payments with a bank account, credit card, or debit card.