D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks during a Sept. 27 press conference to announce an extension of the city's ticket amnesty program.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks during a Sept. 27 press conference to announce an extension of the city's ticket amnesty program.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Monday that the city’s ticket amnesty program has been extended to Dec. 31.

Bowser said the program, which was set to end Thursday, allows motorists to pay, without penalty, any outstanding tickets for parking, photo enforcement and minor moving violations.

“As the District continues to recover from the pandemic, we know this is a program that is helping residents — many who have had to make difficult decisions — get a fresh start and get back on track,” the mayor said. “Whether it’s the Ticket Amnesty Program or STAY DC, we are encouraging all residents in need of financial assistance to apply for these programs today.”

D.C. Deputy Mayor of Operations and Infrastructure Lucinda Babers said under the program, tickets owed “since the beginning of time” can be paid. Plus, eligible drivers only have to pay original ticket amounts, with any penalties waived.

However, starting on Jan. 1, penalties for late payments will be reinstated.

Since the program’s launch on June 1, more than 32,000 drivers have settled $4 million worth of tickets. Residents and non-residents facing financial hardship can contact the Office of the Chief Financial Officer’s Central Collection Unit for payment options.

James Wright Jr.

James Wright Jr. is the D.C. political reporter for the Washington Informer Newspaper. He has worked for the Washington AFRO-American Newspaper as a reporter, city editor and freelance writer and The Washington...

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  1. Thank you Mayor Bowser, however we need you to go a step further to address the main cause of delinqency which is concentrated poverty. Mayor we need the city to invest in individuals. Sadly, the vast majority of residents cannot pay because they’re either unemployed, underemployed, or unskilled. How about allowing residents to work for the city to pay off all or a portion of what they owe. It’ll be a win-win. The city gets free labor, the individual gets the dignity of accomplishing something and self worth.

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