D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles services that allow motorists to pay tickets in person will move today to the agency's office at 301 C St. NW.
The services had been offered at the department's 65 K St. NE office, which has been closed since Aug. 8 because of problems with air conditioning and ventilation and employees complaining that they felt sick. During the closure, the agency canceled hundreds of hearings and tickets and lost an estimated $14,000 in revenue from fines, according to a DMV spokeswoman.
The department is giving a grace period for tickets affected by the closure. Motorists who received tickets between July 8 and yesterday will have 60 days from the date of issuance to pay or contest the ticket before the penalty doubles.
For unpaid tickets issued between June 9 and July 7, motorists will have 90 days from the date of issuance to pay or contest the ticket before it defaults. (A ticket in default includes a $5 penalty and cannot be contested.)
All ticket-related hearings have been postponed. The agency will mail motorists hearing dates and times.
The department also moved other services from K Street to C Street. Beginning today, motorists can go to the C Street office to make payments to release towed or booted vehicles and to obtain driver records, insurance services and license suspension reinstatements.
Motorists may pay tickets in person at the C Street office from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Other services that used to be at K Street will be available at C Street from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
The services offered at K Street were scheduled to move to C Street in October, when the K Street building was to close. The department accelerated its construction schedule at the C Street office and borrowed space from other city departments and vendors to shift services.
The department also moved its permit control, driver record and insurance services to C Street.
The only service at K Street that has not been restarted elsewhere is the department's call center. Motorists are asked to call the mayor's citywide call center at 202-727-1000.