Contest A Violation

Please make sure that the basis for your contest is one of the following four options (these are also listed on the back of the notice of violation.)

  • Police officer already issued you a uniform traffic citation for the same violation (the citation issued by the police officer takes precedence over the Violation Notice)
  • Vehicle or license plates were stolen and not recovered at the time of the violation
  • Vehicle was leased or rented to another party, and a written affidavit of the lessee of the vehicle and a lease agreement were submitted
  • Vehicle was an emergency vehicle or lawfully participating in a funeral procession

Contest by Mail

  • Fill in the "contest by mail" circle on the notice stub and on the self-addressed return envelope.
  • Enclose a letter signed by the registered owner of the vehicle setting forth facts that establish a defense.
  • Enclose any supporting evidence, such as affidavits, photos, state vehicle registration, official police vehicle theft / or recovery reports with the violation notice number indicated.
  • Be certain these documents are legible and complete. Send copies, original documents will not be returned.
  • Enclose all evidence to support your defense as the Hearing officer's decision is final.
  • All contest by mail materials must be submitted using the enclosed return envelope and must be received by the pay or contest by date.

Contest After Pay / Contest By Date

The registered owner of the vehicle (no one else) must send a document to the Police Department and:

  • Explain why a reply was not sent prior to the Pay or contest by Date and
  • State why the request to contest should be heard.

Request An In-Person Hearing

  • Fill in the "in person hearing" circle on the return stub and on the return envelope. Mail the stub in the return envelope.
  • Requests will only be honored if received by the Pay or Contest By Date (within the first 21 days of the initial violation notice).