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“It was clearly delivered to the wrong address because in fact, the address on the ticket does not exist”

by Prince Of Petworth July 27, 2016 at 2:10 pm 15 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user Brett Bowers

“Dear PoPville,

I received a speeding ticket in the mail this afternoon. It was clearly delivered to the wrong address because in fact, the address on the ticket does not exist and I don’t own the car that was caught speeding. I notified the DMV via the general email but have doubts as to whether that will resolve the situation. I’d hate for there to be a mix up and someone have to pay a huge fine for not receiving the ticket in the first place. On the other hand, if something dodgy is at play, I’d like to let the DMV know. Any idea how to resolve?”

  • hungeegirl

    …did it have OP’s name on it?

  • also anon

    Eh I would just write “return to sender – not at this address” and put it out for USPS to pick up the next day or drop in a mailbox. If it’s not intended for you and not your car you shouldn’t put that much effort in to trying to resolve someone else’s ticket.

    • ah

      +1. Unless it’s you, don’t waste your time figuring out who else in DC is going to have some problem with DMV. Let that person deal with the record keeping errors.

    • John

      At my last address in Truxton Circle, mailman(person) *never* picked up “return to sender – not at this address” labeled letters even written in sharpie and highlighted. I would drop them in a mailbox and the mailman would still redeliver them until I started blacking out both the barcode and the address. Still have a jury summons addressed to someone else that they wouldn’t pick up.

  • FtLincolnLove

    I’ve found the DC DMV twitter account to be extremely helpful and responsive, so I would recommend trying that!

  • Beau

    if the address on it is 5604 Connecticut Ave NW (which doesn’t exist), please let me know. The DMV messed up the address of someone I know by rearranging two of the numbers.

  • OP

    The ticket was addressed to a business which frankly, I’m not sure is real. I tried to google it and some shame of website popped up. Also, the address wasn’t 5604 Connecticut Ave NW but part of the reason I wanted this posted was to see if any readers have had repeat problems with things being sent to the wrong address.

  • DCrat

    True story, I got sent a camera speeding ticket for a car with the same license plate as mine and the same make and close to the same model but not the same color car. It was a VA tag. I protested the ticked via mail and it was dismissed but the coincidence still amazes me.

  • Anon X

    Im confused… the address isnt yours, the car isnt yours… you just happened to get this in the mail… why would you be responsible for paying it or for the penalties associated with not paying it?

    • anon

      This. except that even the address isn’t this person’s. I’d ignore it.

      • JoDa

        Seems like OP is just trying to do a good deed and help someone else out. I know that’s unusual around these parts, but I applaud the effort to at least *try.* Posting to a forum isn’t exactly hard work, so it’s really the least they could do to try to save someone additional penalties over a mistake.
        And I say this as someone whose birthdate is *STILL* wrong on my license after living in the District for more than 10 years. When I moved here those many years ago, the DMV clerk typed it in wrong. I didn’t notice until I walked out the door, and was informed that, because I left before complaining, I’d have to wait again (estimated wait *another* 3 hours) and provide additional proof of my birthdate beyond what I had provided on that trip (in that case, my OOS license and SS card). I chose to let it go. When I went in the next time for renewal, I came with my certified birth certificate and passport both bearing my correct birthdate, and asked them to correct it. I was informed that I’d have to file a million additional forms at tons of other offices and wait months for a “decision” to correct their mistake, during which time my license could be suspended for not being renewed on time. So, according to the DC DMV, I am 1 day older than I actually am.

        • textdoc

          That is absolutely ludicrous.
          I can understand if you want to let the sleeping dog lie… but I wonder if the MOCR (Mayor’s Office of Community Relations) rep for your ward could straighten things out with the DMV. (I was skeptical* of the whole MOCR initiative at first, but I found Ben Case in Ward 1 to be MUCH more helpful than Brianne Nadeau’s constituent services person in getting a city agency to take action.) It’s not fair that you should have to go through some kind of elaborate rigmarole to correct the DMV’s mistake.
          * Because it’s connected with Bowser, and because I thought it was a hilariously bad decision to create an office whose acronym can be pronounced “mocker” — made me think of that movie scene where Ringo Starr is asked if he’s a mod or a rocker, and he responds: “I’m a mocker.”

  • MainerinDC

    What is wrong with you people!?! Half of you telling the OP to go ahead and screw the person who actually should be receiving the ticket and the other half too dense to understand what the OP is trying to do. I am glad I am on vacation this week!

    I applaud the OP for trying to get the ticket into the right hands. It is very generous of you to try to help someone avoid extra fines or a big hassle.

  • boybert

    Mark it return to sender, drip it in a mailbox and let the postal service take it back to DMV. They’ll handle it from there. No detective work necessary.

    • textdoc

      Make sure to mark out all of the barcode stuff, though — if you don’t, it might end up in your mailbox again.


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