Dear PoPville – Is There a System for Reporting Out of State Parked Cars?

by Prince Of Petworth October 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm 140 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user Wayan Vota

Dear PoPville,

There are a couple of cars that belong to new tenants on our block that have out of state license plates that take up resident street parking. I know VA has a reporting system for out of state plates, but not sure if DC does – do you know of any system for reporting these tax and parking permit evaders?

  • g

    The city will ticket them accordingly when they start to notice that they are parked consistantly without a permit. If they really are residents they will be taking up your street parking with or without the permit, so what’s the need to go out of your way to report them?

    • Anonymous

      Exactly. The the city take care of it, no one died and left you parking supervisor. It never ceases to amaze me how rude and protective people get about street parking. It’s PUBLIC PARKING; you in no way own street spots just beacuse you have a home on a particular street. I bet the writer/complainant is also the type that put lawn chairs in shoveled spots in the winter.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, it’s public parking. So the cheaters who move to the Nation’s Capital then lie about their registration, evade taxes, and commit insurance fraud are breaking the public trust.

        DPW is good about responding to tips. Just use the online 311 system until the rogue car is ticketed a few times. The driver will comply – or, like most free-riders, will hide her vehicle in an off-street spot.

        The South Boston lawn chair is a good example of exactly that type of selfish lawbreaker who needs to be civilized, by law enforcement if not by good neighbors like the OP speaking out.

        • debo

          Let’s lock ’em up and throw away the key.

        • Um, no, if they are a valid out of state frequent visitor (like the many who are more or less permanent DC residents, though they are political hires and get to keep their home state residency), then they can get exemptions – ROSA permits are an example of this.

          DC is more than hungry enough for revenue to aggressively enforce this, as I learned from personal experience, and a most parking unfriendly city to even legitimate visitors. If you are “seen” (by the overnight roving enforcement team’s automatic plate readers) more than twice OVER a two week period, they will ticket you. They assume you might legitimately be a visitor for up to two weeks, but if your car is seen parked twice outside of that, you’ll get a ticket. The first one is a freebie, but you have to get a permit (not a visible window sticker – an entry in their database) which shows you are a legitimate out of town parker.

          Really: if this person is not some commuter who is trying to get free parking, and is a resident, why be so hostile?

      • Anonymous

        This is public parking, not free parking.

  • Kam

    People do too much. You just said you know they just moved on your block so why give them trouble. SMH!

  • Anonymous

    Why do you feel the need to tell on these cars? If these tenants are new (with out of state plates) maybe they are figuring out what they need to do. For the record, when I had my plates changed over, there was a month waiting-list before I could do everything that needed to make the plate switch official. For the record, I did get a visitor’s parking permit/pass, so I wasn’t sitting on the streets illegally.

  • Anonymous

    The parking people are good enough at finding them after a few weeks so why go out of your way to purposely get people in trouble? I would hate to be your neighbor.

  • namjak

    If they are new tenants to your block, as you say, wouldn’t it be logical to expect that they may be undertaking the process to update their vehicle registration and plates? Why would you make their time in a new place more difficult?

  • Anonymous

    What a neighbour.

  • ah

    +1 to all of the comments before. And, to answer the question, DC has it’s own “ROSA” enforcement (registration of out of state automobiles) program that will warn and then fine them if they don’t register or demonstrate they don’t live here.

    Keep in mind it is not usually “resident” street parking. It is street parking for everyone, but residents do not have their time limited whereas visitors do.

    • You’re right that the street isn’t “resident” parking. However if parking enforcement sees the same car in the same area too many times, even during legal hours, they will assume that they are a resident and begin ticketing them until they can either prove they live out of state or change their plates.

    • TG

      Correct. There is no real way of getting around this. They will eventually break you through the number of tickets these folks will eventually get. Sit tight. No need to call in the cavalry.

  • Joe C

    I’ve always wanted to have a neighbor just like you.
    I’ve always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.

    So, let’s make the most of this beautiful day.
    Since we’re together we might as well say:
    Would you tow mine?
    Could you tow mine?
    Won’t you tow me neighbor?
    Won’t you please,
    Won’t you please?
    Please won’t you tow my car now?

  • MS

    Not the OP here, but I would also like to know the answer to this question and readers don’t seem to like the premise so let me repackage:

    Hi, there are some people from MD, VA and other wards in DC that frequently take up newly designated dedicated residential parking spaces on my block. They do this on a weekly basis and are not from the neighborhood. Can someone advise how best to report these violators or otherwise increasing enforcement of the parking restrictions?


    • Joe

      What exactly do you mean by newly designated parking? Is this zone parking? If it is after the 2 hour limit during the day, people can park there all night and on weekends. If they exceed the 2 hours during the day, then they should get a ticket.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t know if this is specifically to what MS is referring but in some neighborhoods (notably Dupont and Logan neighborhoods) some of the streets have been re- or newly-designated as for residents only (with correct parking permits).

      • Anonymous

        Didn’t some neighborhoods recently go to a system where one side is the same old resident/2-hour limit, but the other side is now resident only at all times? Maybe that’s what MS is asking about.

        • TG

          This is the case in some neighborhoods -G-Town for example. It irks me because these people bought these places or moved into them knowing they did not have their own dedicated parking spots. Why the city should provide it to some select neighborhoods is beyond me.

          • Anonymous

            I thought it was as a counter-measure to all the condos going up, which will adds hundreds or more-to-the point, thousands of new resident (and if even only half of those people have cars), parking will become even more of a headache for area/neighborhood residents. Your point about people buying in these neighborhoods should know they don’t have designated parking but they also probably didn’t have the condos adding/bringing in thousands of people into their neighborhood. As neighborhoods change, people need to try to become a little more flexible. If you lived in a really hard-to-park neighborhood, you didn’t have a designated parking spot and they were building several condo/apartment buildings, you might want this parking change, no?

          • Anonymous

            New construction is typically required to have parking for residents (often more than needed and more than the new urbanists would like, but that’s a very different discussion!). The issue is more for neighborhoods with high resident density but also a lot of non-resident visitors to the local businesses (e.g. Adams Morgan, Logan Circle). It means that for at least some of the spaces, you are competing only with neighbors and not with passers-through.

          • Anonymous

            Anon 3:29pm (Oct 30),

            With all the condos going up around 14th and U sts, do you know how much parking would be required if every unit necessitated at least 1 parking space. I thought I had heard as a concession that some of the builders agreed to “give back” some of the street parking to already-residents of the area since the builders couldn’t accommodate for parking for all the new residences.

      • Euclid St. between 14th and 15th (and maybe beyond, I don’t know) recently became “Resident Only” parking.

        And MS, I don’t have an answer to your question, but I’d wager enforcement will pick up relatively soon. If there is one thing DC gov’t services are on top of, it’s parking enforcement!

  • UStreeter

    Must be nice to not have real problems. May I suggest a hobby?

    • Anonymous


    • +1
      OP – I’ve taught knitting & crochet to recovering addicts and homeless people. I’m sure I could teach a curmudgeonly neighbor like you how to knti a scarf. Or maybe we could knit bomb your new (not yet registered) neighbors’ cars: cozies for their doorhandles? Antenna warmers? Mirror tassels?

    • anon

      I was thinking I would take up trolling blogs and providing unhelpful responses to posts, but since you have that covered, I guess I’ll focus on my antique Ferrari collection.

  • Anonymous

    1) I agree with the other posters that it is highly likely that these out-of-state drivers are in the process of getting a DC license/registration/tags which can definitely take a full month, especially with DMV and inspection station hours if you are also working full time

    2) From personal experience, I believe that as long as the out of state car is parked legally in the residential zone (i.e. for less than two hours in the same spot during weekdays and Saturdays – I did this for a few months because I was at work from 8:00 to 6:00 and my car was never parked in two hour parking for over two hours during the enforcable time period) parking enforcement does not isssue a warning until 90 days (I got something stating that my car was observed parking frequently in Zone 2 in Georgetown over a 90-day period with out of state tags) so the OP is pretty much out of luck unless the out-of-state cars are sitting in the zoned street parking all day, every day accumulating multiple parking tickets.

    • Anonymous

      I thought the two-hour limit is technically for parking IN THE ZONE, not in a particular space. I do know of one instance where someone was moving their car around the block every couple of hours, and ended up with a ticket.

      • Anonymous

        Is this really true? That seems a little odd/off to me because say I was trying to park in zone 3 (but live in a different zone), if after 2 hours, I went to move the car, I could not park anywhere else in zone 3 without getting ticketed? That doesn’t seem right to me.

        • Anonymous

          I couldn’t find calrification one way or another at ddot. Someone told me this, and the signs say
          “Two-Hour Parking Limit
          in Zone X
          7am-8:30 pm
          (or whatever time and days for that block)

        • Anonymous

          And I can’t decide if this seems right or not. If the point is to keep people from other areas from parking where they work, for example, then you wouldn’t want them just moving their car to another spot every 2 hours hours.

          One problem is that residential parking shouldn’t be by zone/ward, it should be by ANC district (with ability to park in any adjacent district), which would mean you are actually parking within some reasonable distance of your residence.

          • anon

            I think the 2-hour limit for parking within a particular zone seems fair.

            A friend of mine was complaining about having received a ticket after re-parking every two hours within an area of a few blocks. I didn’t think there were grounds for complaint — the idea is to prevent non-residents of the zone for parking for more than 2 hours, and moving one’s car around every two hours violates both the spirit and the letter of the restriction.

        • saf

          Nope, that’s correct. It is a two hour limit for parking within the zone.

          • Anonymous

            Wow, that’s strange. Sounds discouraging to businesses, say restaurants, etc. I can see trying to discourage workers driving into the District and then trying to run out every 2 hours to move their car but who has the time and discipline to say, oops my 2 hours is almost up, gotta go move my car every single day (weekend excepted, of course). Oh that meeting is scheduled at an inconvenient time for me because I’ll need to excuse myself halfway through to move my car.

          • Anonymous

            Most meals don’t take 2 hours or are late enough to not be impacted. And there are places where you can pay for parking if you have an important meeting or otherwise need to be somewhere for longer than 2 hours.

          • saf

            Well, it is only on residential streets. And yes, it was designed to force folks to park in lots or at meters, rather than on residential streets.

          • elk

            Well that seems…insane.

            I live in Ward 4, on an unzoned block. So I have an NRP sticker.

            I cannot park on ANY OTHER STREET in Ward 4 (or any other ward, just using my home ward for extra ridiculousness) for more than 2 hours in one day? That is absurd.

        • Anonymous

          Yes this it true. Parking enforcement enters the license plate of cars that do not have a permit for the specific zone and if the car is still in the zone after 2 hours it can be ticketed. It does not matter if the car is moved to a different spot – it is 2 hours for the entire zone.

          • yes, it’s 2 hours per zone, and yes, I have been ticketed for it even after moving my car.

    • Anonymous

      *Clarification – I was at work in Maryland during the majority of the day so I was parking in my neighborhood in DC during nights and on weekends with out-of-state tags

  • Anonymous

    worst. neighbor. ever.

    • Sydney

      Oh really? Worse than a neighbor who cheats on registration, evades taxes, and commits insurance fraud — yet enjoys your city’s roads and services?

      • J

        Well sounds like we know who asked the question now…

        • Anonymous

          Yeap! LOL!

      • Sydney is right.

  • Seems kind of tattle-tail-ish here. Nothing else to worry about?

    • debo

      This city is full of “tattle tails”. Lots of people love to follow all the rules and then ‘tell” when others don’t. Signs, signs, everywhere a sign…

      • Anonymous

        what a weird thing to say. it’s also full of people that don’t care. it’s full of people with two hands, also. just like everywhere.

        • debo

          That’s true. I hadn’t really thought about it that way.

        • Anonymous

          Ugh, I’ve HAD IT with all of the two-handed people in this town. Seriously, I can’t go anywhere without seeing them doing all of those two-handed things. Something needs to be done…

  • Anonymous

    I agree this seems unwelcoming if these new neighbors have been there a couple of weeks. But what if they’ve been there a couple of months? In that case it does seem that they may be trying to avoid re-registering their cars, paying registration fee, etc.

  • Byron

    You realize this is logically spurious. If they’re legally D.C. tenants, then having them switch over their plates isn’t going to free up any parking. And if it’s an unzoned block, then they have the legal right to park there until the police decide that they’ve seen the car enough that they’re residents. If you don’t like it, collect the signatures to get your block zoned RPP.

    Also, they could be congressional staffers who are legally allowed to bring their out of state cars into D.C. without switching the registration but live on an unzoned block and thus aren’t able to get an RPP.

    • washingtonian

      It is going to get DC some revenue. And once they start parking here, they’ll likely start paying taxes here as well. Welcome to DC, we could use your money…ha…

  • RN

    Assuming they just moved in to the neighborhood, they could go to their ward’s police station, or local substation to get a temporary parking permit. This process is pretty quick (usually a couple of minutes) and police stations are open 24 hours a day – they just need to bring a copy of their lease or other proof of residency.

    To answer the OP’s question, I have seen some people report this via 311 (I used to get updates for reports in my neighborhood) although usually it’s for cars that have been parked there over the course of a week or more. I would give them some time to get down to the police station. At the very least, write them a passive-aggressive note before you do this so it can be posted to PoP by the recipient.

    As for congressional staffers, they have a permit sticker on their cars as well – I think it is usually on the windshield, but I could be wrong about that.

    • “At the very least, write them a passive-aggressive note before you do this so it can be posted to PoP by the recipient.”


  • Anonymous

    jeez, what a jerk. I just moved here last month, and have been daunted by the process required to change over my out of state plates and registration. Having just changed my last name, my passport and social security card don’t match with my driver’s license. Even the DMV told me to just go to the local precinct and just ask for another 2 week extension on my temporary parking permit until I can get all of my paperwork in order.

    Neighbors like the OP make me want to scream.

    • Anonymous

      Please. Hardly anyone needs a car in a liveable, walkable city. Sell the thing to a suburbanite and start to enjoy life!

      • Anonymous

        I enjoy life in DC so much more since getting a car.

        • bbb

          i do too actually.

        • Anonymous

          me too!

      • Anonymous

        Thanks for making wild assumptions about me and my lifestyle. I’m a BKA, and somedays you just need a car (based on your ignorant comment, I’m assuming you don’t know that BKA == below the knee amputee).

        Thanks for playing. Enjoy your walkable city, which sucks for the disabled.

        • Anonymous

          Maybe it’s not always about you and your special case? Maybe it’s about larger social issues, like honesty and responsibility. On the other hand, yes, maybe yet another example of self-centered selfishness is needed.

          Oh, oh, and I have a heart condition – for which the best remedy is . . . exercise, like walking!

          • I’d work on your douchiness first.

  • K

    I know I have gotten tickets for relatively minor time violations (15 minutes over 2 hours for example) – I pay them, because I recognize I was in the wrong. I’ve gotten tickets for issues I didn’t even realize existed, explained the situation in writing, and paid whatever the parking judge said I should. I now jump through hoops and go through a lot of inconvenience to avoid these tickets.

    If these parkers should be paying DC for plates or whatever and they are not, I agree with the spirit of the OP that they should get a ticket too.

    Based on my experience, I think they will soon start getting tickets if they haven’t already.

    I did not know that the 2 hour limit was for the whole zone, and I am not completely convinced that that is the case. I do however believe that it is enforced by officers who either enter or scan license plates at a given time (10am) and then return two hours later (noon) and enter again – if the same car is there it gets a ticket.

    • Tom

      I’m not entirely convinced 2 hours is for the zone either, but when I was out on U Street the other day my friend assured me he had just received a ticket after moving his car to another part of the same zone. He said something about a computer that takes pictures to help the police keep track. I have no idea what he was talking about, but he did make a strong argument to me that it was for the zone, not the space.

    • V/13th

      U St. definitely treats the 2-hour limit as though it applies to the zone. Dupont (as of 18 months ago, at least; haven’t spent as much time parking in Dupont since then) treats the limit as though it’s for the space. All depends on who’s ticketing, I suppose, but remember: It’s almost impossible to fight a ticket in the District, and they just keep heaping higher and higher fines as you try to appeal. It’s cheaper to just bend over and pay the day you get ticketed, much as I hate taking it like that from the wretched federal/local government system in this town.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t have experience with the U Street area (thought in theory obviously the rules are the same everywhere). I do think though that the same ticket writer has to “see” (record, whatever) the same car in the same spot. The ticket I’ve gotten for being 15 minutes over two hours had the block number of the street printed on it. Obviously it’s better to follow the rules and avoid the ticket. But there are also so many things to get a ticket for that you might move your car after 2 hours only to be ticketed for something else. One ticket I got was when I mistakenly parked in a residents only *side of* the road in Capitol Hill for about 30 minutes (I read the signs on one side of the road which had 2 hour parking, but turned around to park on the other side which was residents only). Another was when I parked behind another vehicle at a meter, paid the meter, went into an office for less than 15 minutes – but it was a street cleaning time. I paid these – not saying I shouldn’t have had to – but they came really quickly and I truly didn’t realize I was doing anything wrong. So this might be why it seems like someone was ticketed for being in a zone more than 2 hours when really that might be allowed.

    • Well, as Anonymous 10:49 pointed out above, the signs do say:

      “Two-Hour Parking Limit
      in Zone X
      7am-8:30 pm

      … with whatever the hours/days are for that particular location.

      I agree that the wording could be clearer, like “Two-Hour Parking Limit Anywhere in Zone X” or “Two-Hour Parking Limit Across Zone X.”

  • Tom

    Bit of a tangent but I do have to say there are parts of DC that have literally lost tens of thousands of dollars that I would have spent, simply because street parking is too complicated or I don’t want to pay excessive fees to park in a garage. I know they don’t really care, but I want to make it known that at least in my case parking has kept me personally from spending money at many NW businesses.

    • Hyperbolic

      Tens of thousands? Little hyperbolic no? I find it hard to believe someone who apparently has so much disposable income is also too cheap to pay for parking.

    • Anonymous

      As usual, “literally” now means “figuratively, or “not at all.” A good clue to the writer’s veracity.

      • Tom

        Uh, no. Actually as someone who was paid to write I use the term “literally” sparingly and intentionally. Let’s do some math. For over 8 years I’ve spent a minimum of $200 at the bar near where I work each week. That would equate to (let’s say I take two weeks off a year) $10,000/year I spend on the low end. Over 8 years (again, lowballing) that would equal $80,000. A good portion of that money (not the majority, I do love my local bar) could easily have been spent in NW areas where I do refuse to spend money to go to a parking garage. There you have it. LITERALLY tens of thousands of dollars I have not spent in NW.

        • Anonymous

          If you’re spending $200 per week at the bar, maybe you shouldn’t be driving….

          • Tom

            Excellent point, even though it is classic message board “ignore the intent of the comment and come up with something else to pick on”.

            Since I will take a taxi home if I’m buzzed or drunk, you tell me where in these areas I’m supposed to leave my car overnight to pick up the next day. Is that encouraging drunk people to drive because they don’t want something to happen to their car?

            Anyway, I’m tired of all these assumptions about my lifestyle and if I’m telling the truth or not. Take this away from my comments: the parking situation in NW is keeping many people from going there to spend money. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing is left for you to decide.

        • Anonymous

          The idea of someone spending tens thousands a year in NW areas on booze, yet still works and drives herself around is pretty outrageous. Thanks for sharing about a “lifestyle” of Hogarthian misery, but sorry: the topic indeed concerns DC residents who keep their cars registered illegally out-of-state, not cheapskate alcoholics who depend on personal vehicles but won’t pay the costs of using them.

          Paid to write? “Eight” should be spelled out. Is it “work each week” or “spend $200 at the bar each week”? The last bit is a sentence fragment. Maybe a colon would work better? Cheers!

          • Anonymous

            Actually, 8 doesn’t have to be spelled out in this case.

    • Anonymous

      That’s OK. I’ve spent more money in the district because parking regs keep parking spaces turning over so I can get one once in a while.

  • I have a bit more sympathy. I live on one of the few unzoned blocks in Mt Pleasant, and people with out of state plates dump their cars there for long periods. Meanwhile, anyone who lives on the block gets a “No RPP” sticker – the flaw with the “it isn’t your spot” argument is that if the spot directly in front of your house isn’t zoned, you can’t get a zone sticker – and can’t park in most of the neighborhood. So I at least get feeling frustrated if the limited available spots are being taken up by people who shouldn’t be parking there.

    • That does sound like a pain.

      Can you press for your street to become zoned?

    • Anonymous

      How is your street not zoned. I thought that residential streets were zoned parking for residents. Or is that too logical? Isn’t that the purpose?

      • A friend who lives in Ward 4 (I think) told me that her entire area isn’t zoned.

        I get the impression that maybe places that are perceived as less competitive for parking aren’t zoned… but I’m surprised that any streets in Mount Pleasant would fit that description. Maybe that particular street did at some point in time, but the zone designation hasn’t been revisited as the area has grown?

      • saf

        Residents have to petition, block-by-block, for residential parking permit zoning.

        • Correct answer. It gets complicated (and the ANC opposes it) because most houses on the block have a one-car garage and people want someplace for their guests/nannies/plumbers to park. I don’t mind that, but it’s asinine that the price for having our block open to guests, etc. is that we are ineligible for permits to park in the neighborhood ourselves.

  • Esmeralda

    If you live on a zoned block, parking enforcement will definitely catch up with them before too long. I used to sit on my stoop in Adams Morgan in the evenings (post time limit) and watch parking enforcement slowly drive down the street, running out-of-state tags. And I’ve known people to get warned and then ticketed pretty quickly – including a friend whose rental had MD plates while her car was in the shop. So chill out.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, chill out and do nothing.

      That kind of sleepy, do-nothing attitude is how Bushes and Romneys get elected.

  • Anonymous

    To the original poster, YES, there is a way to report these violators:

    1. Go to http://311.dc.gov
    2. Click “Submit a new service request”
    3. For service type, select “Out of state parking violation (ROSA)”
    4. Fill in the requested information, particularly about the car and license plate number.

    I have found that it generally works well. Note that parking enforcement will usually issue a warning first before a ticket ($100 fine per violation).

  • ibc

    From the DMV website:

    “ROSA stands for registration of out of state automobiles. Automobiles housed in the District of Columbia for 30 consecutive days are required to be registered and display a valid DC inspection sticker and tags when parked or operated on public space. The Department of Public Works monitors residential areas for the presence of automobiles not in compliance with DC registration requirements. If an automobile has been observed a second time within a thirty-day period, a warning notice may be issued indicating the automobile is eligible for the issuance of a citation and/or impoundment unless one of the following actions has been taken.”

    If you’re going to live in DC, register your car in DC. You’ve got two months. Get it done.

  • anon

    The author has a point, it takes less than a week got get your papers together and get new tags, make an appointment and get it done. Stop making petty excuses and grow up.
    Out of state tags are an issue! I live on a street near Howard University that is overrun with out of state tags most Saturdays despite having parking regulations posted every ten feet. Public parking may be public parking but we have an issue when I have to park a mile from home because the University refuses to provide adequate parking for students and alumni for homecoming and special events. 311 basically told me to F%$# off last week when I asked for parking enforcement to come by. Three calls later and they still didn’t come.
    If you don’t make everyone follow the rules then no one will. Should be the new DC motto.

    • It takes less than a week IF the DMV doesn’t screw anything up. When I moved from DC to VA it took three months to switch my registration over, and that was with me being very diligent with the process. The DC DMV is a lot better, but still. Things happen.

    • Anonymous

      As I posted earlier, the process took me 1 entire month when I had all the papers in order and ready to go, was diligent and even took some flexibility with work in order to make things happen ASAP. Actually, I could add the month prior to bringing the car to DC, as I did research beforehand to ensure that the process would go quickly and smoothly. The waiting list was long. If you were able to do it in 1 week, I truly applaud you.

      • I did it all, including inspection, within an hour. On a Saturday! But I got lucky.

        • Anonymous

          You did indeed get lucky! They say, of course, that Saturday is their busiest day (and actually every day is really busy for them). Kudos to you! I will say this for the process. Since it is a multi-step process, they really do try to help you get it done so you don’t have to make multiple trips, if possible.

          • Anonymous

            Late in the afternoon on a Friday, surprisingly, is the quietest, and quickest time.

    • Anonymous

      anon 11:53,

      I suspect some of it has to do with where you live. If you live near Howard U, then you will probably see a lot of cars with out-of-state plates (students at Howard U from other parts of the country, the world). The school should have parking set for students and probably try to discourage students from having cars (since parking should be a hassle for them) but not sure if you are a student, what that means for your license plates. Would you have to change your license plates or do you get some sort of temporary exemption?

  • Anonymous

    I have a neighbor who has for years parked off 13th ST street in his own parking place. He has WV vanity plates referencing his career (real estate). Making money for years off DC real estate yet still has his car registered in WV. Nice…

    • Anonymous

      You said your friend has WV license plates but also has a designated parking space for out-of-state registered/licensed plate car. I think those offenders are almost worse because they are taking advantage of DC services knowing they can “hide” their car. Have no doubt, cars on the street will eventually get their comeuppance. Especially in zone 2. Not sure where the OP is coming from, but rest assured, zone 2 is the most ticketed zone in the District. They make tons of money enforcing street parking.

      • Anonymous

        GET THEIR COMEUPPANCE? Are you on crack?

        • Anonymous

          What’s wrong with comeuppance? Apologies, maybe I should have said, “just desserts.” No, I am not on crack, never have been, not even tried it. Thanks for asking, though.

          • Anonymous

            “Get their comeuppance” is just so stupidly excessive.

          • Anonymous

            I never use the word “comeuppance” in my every day life. Don’t ask me why but it “popped” into my head and I went with it. Now that I think about it, I suppose I should have gone with “just desserts.” Maybe you would have liked that better.

            Speaking of and on point, “…stupidly excessive” is well, excessive.

          • Anonymous

            Honestly, it’s the INTENT that’s stupidly excessive. Those bad, bad offenders. They’re going to get theirs. WTF?

          • Anonymous

            Anonymous 4:37,

            Huh? The intent of my using the word comeuppance. Look, I admit that it’s not a word that you hear every single day or very often. The word though means: “a punishment or fate that someone deserves.” So, if x car is parking on the street illegally (not licensed or registered in DC or more than 2 hours in zone or whatever the parking violation is) how is comeuppance wrong? Someone is violating parking restrictions so they will be punished in the form of a ticket. That’s what the word comeuppance means. Are parking violations the biggest offence on earth? Of course not. Using comeuppance doesn’t measure the offence of a violation. To use your phrase, “WTF?” Sorry but your argument doesn’t work. I get that you don’t like the word, though. Apologies for offending your verbal sensibilities.

          • Anonymous

            The use of “Have no doubt, they will get their comeuppance” linguistically sounds awfully vengeful – and yes, excessive – when one is discussing a freaking parking ticket. That was the point that I was making. So yes, my “argument” works perfectly. Jesussoftshoechrist.

          • anon

            Presumably a minor offense (parking in violation of the restrictions) will result in a commensurately minor comeuppance (parking ticket).

            Not really sure why the poster’s choice of “comeuppance” is such a big deal.

          • Anonymous

            Anonymous 4:58,

            First, your original response was shouting at me.
            Second, if your point was that the use of the word comeuppance was “excessive – when one is discussing a freaking parking ticket.” you didn’t make your point yelling at me and in your abbreviated response (“GET THEIR COMEUPPANCE? Are you on crack?”) didn’t really explain your point clearly, other than the screaming.
            Third, it might have been better to explain your point instead of trying to offend me with “Are you on crack?” Good thing I’m not offended too easily.
            Fourth, and to borrow your phrase again, “WTF?” to “Jesussoftshoechrist.” Not excessive at all, my friend.

          • Anonymous

            I’m still going to go with excessive.

          • Anonymous

            The subsequent paragraphs combined with the alter for your alter are also excessive.

          • anon 5:13

            Enough, you two. Agree to disagree!

          • I thought comeuppance was a perfectly cromulent word in this context.

  • nloewen

    There’s an app for that. DC 311 is the name, I think. I use it all the time, for dead animals in the street, illegal parking, trees down, graffitti removal, etc. It’s a great app.

  • anon

    you have got to be kidding me!!!

    telling on someone is so childish. what makes you think that you have more of a right to park there then someone else. you dont know the persons situation. maybe he work in the neighborhood, or live there temporarily, or could be in the process of legalizing their tags. give them a break.

    this is a ridiculous topic…seriously get a hobby.

  • J

    Congratulations on possessing the worst personality characteristic possible in a neighbor. You must be a joy to hang out with.

  • Asti

    Just keep in mind that some people are District residents, have DC licenses and pay DC taxes but have company cars with out of state tags. So before you start reporting anyone, keep that in mind.

  • Anonymous

    A little off topic but is faking an MD temporary tag the easiest thing in the world? My neighborhood is full of cars with these temporary tags, some are very old cars and clearly not real.

  • debo


    • Anonymous

      Yeah! You’re supposed to look the other way when crime is being committed! That’s what makes great neighbors and neighborhoods and city councils, yo?

  • ryan

    I think the OP is perfectly reasonable. There’s a Jeep with MD plates that I always see parked on my block for about the last 5 months. Ticks me off that I spent the time and money to switch my plates when I moved here from out-of-state, and this guy doesn’t have to.

  • saf

    OK, all you people who are calling the OP “Tattle-Tale” and “narc,” just remember this when you expect folks to talk to the cops after a crime, or when you advocate for broken-window theory policing.

    It is the same thing.

    • Anonymous

      I’m not sure because you don’t know exactly the situation of the new tenants. Since it seems to be a new problem (a couple of weeks as opposed to months or years on end) and it’s interesting to note that the OP knows to whom these cars belong to, which takes some pretty focused monitoring to find out who actually owns these cars, even more impressive when they are not yet reigstered in DC (did they look up the owners of the car in X state). In all the time to assess that these cars belong to new tenants, why not talk to them. Be neighborly. If they are new and trying to get through the registration/licensing process, let them do it (it sometimes does really take time). And maybe they didn’t know they had to get a visitors parking pass/pemit – tell them, help them out. If the complaint had been about X car with non-DC tags parked for months without being moved, I’d understand the OP’s letter more.

      • saf

        I will dispute part of your comment. I know who almost all of the cars that regularly park on my block belong to. How? I see my neighbors coming and going in their cars! I see their grandkids coming and going in their cars. I see the folks who park in my block to walk to the metro every day.

        Doesn’t take any work at all really, just being around and being observant.

        • Anonymous

          Then I will assume you might be around your home/your neighborhood a lot. That’s great and I’m not saying it’s possible not to know who every car on your block belongs to. Sure, I know some of the cars who belong to on my block but not every car in my neighborhood unless my path happens to cross at the exact moment that someone in my neighborhood is going to their car, unlocking their car and driving away. I’m also going to assume you’ve lived on your block, in your neighborhood for more than a couple of weeks?

          • saf

            Yeah, not a lot so much as for a long time. Years.

            And when new cars appear and stay (as opposed to visitor cars that come rarely, or visitor cars that come regularly but do not stay), it’s easy to tell who they belong to.

  • wylie coyote

    My SO sold her car after getting two tickets. Not worth having out of state tags in this city, you get hammered.

  • I think the OP ought to cut the new neighbors some slack. Give them a month or so to get D.C. plates. If they still have out-of-state plates after that time, then call 311 on them.

  • J

    Yeah, it’s 202-555-NARC.

    Seriously, what’s it to you? Maybe you have to take a lap around the block an extra time to find a spot when you get home from work, but is it really necessary to bother the police about this?

    I could see if the car was clearly abandoned or had not been moved in weeks… but if the cars do change parking locations, they’ll eventually get ticketed by Parking Enforcement and the issue will resolve itself.

  • Joel

    Sounds like you should get a job among the ranks of the despised parking ticket police. We are the nation’s capital you know, so you shouldn’t be surprised to see out of state plates on the street. And, even if they’ve been around for a while, out of state residents can get permission to have their cars here long term. Consider the fact that many military members who work here have out of state cars and have no obligation to change their plates in addition to the numerous people who work at the Capitol for representatives and senators in their home state.

    Good lord. Enough already.

    • anon

      It doesn’t sound like that’s applicable in the OP’s situation, but although the out-of-state people you mentioned aren’t obliged to change their plates, they are obliged to get residential parking permits.

  • Laughing

    This sounds more like a typical case of misguided elitism than a sense of civic duty.

    • anon

      Where would elitism come into it?

      • And how does one tell “misguided” elitism from – ??? – “guided” elitism? Justified elitism? What is the opposite of that exactly??

    • MiCoBa

      I feel ya. It does seem like elitism. The I-know-the-rules-you-don’t and instead of telling them or letting the system kick in naturally the OP wants to speed the system up. Bring ’em some lemonade and let them know that they will get hit with all sorts of fines for not properly registering their vehicle.

  • goggler

    they are in violation of the city’s ROSA law. No vehicle can park overnight on District streets without DC tags. Call 311 and report away.

    • Anonymous

      That’s just not true.

  • Tommy

    Does DC have a reporting system for narcs?

    • Anonymous

      Lol, these damn park narcs!

  • anon

    Surely what we really need is a system for reporting bros.



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