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D.C. ticket amnesty program ends Friday

Still sitting on a pile of old unpaid parking tickets issued in Washington? You have until Friday to pay them without late fees — depending on when you received them.

The District Department of Motor Vehicles’s ticket amnesty program, which began last summer, ends on Friday. The program lets drivers pay overdue parking, moving violation and photo-enforcement tickets with no late fee or penalty. The tickets must have been issued before Jan. 1, 2010.

If you don’t pay those overdue tickets during the amnesty window, the late fee will be added back onto the ticket, according to the DMV.

The District has collected more than $3 million dollars through the program, with more than $1.5 million of it coming from Maryland drivers, the DMV reported earlier this month.

Drivers can pay online, over the phone (866-893-5023) or in person at DMV Adjudication Services (301 C St. NW, open Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Paying online is going to be the quickest option. If you’ve ever gone to C Street (or any DMV, really) to pay or contest a ticket in person, you know the wait can seem like an eternity. The DMV reports that due to the program’s popularity, the wait time could be several hours.

Here’s a rundown of facts about the program from the DMV. You can also e-mail questions to

Mark Berman covers national news for The Washington Post and anchors Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and stories from around the country.

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