Washington, DC

“Dear PoPville,

I live in Ward 1 and am in the processing of purchasing my vehicle that is at the end of its lease. I have not changed my out of state plates since moving here because it was leased through another state. Once the title transfers over from the dealership to my name, I intend to switch my plates, registration, and license to DC.

I was recently self quarantining with my girlfriend, who lives in Ward 4, and received a parking violation for having out of state plates and registration. The officer that wrote the violation – who coincidentally lives in her apartment building – first took note of my car in March and recently gave me a violation at the end of April.

I am now unable to self quarantine at her house because I do not want this to escalate to a ticket. I also cannot obtain a visitor’s pass because I do not live in her ward.

How can DC Police issue parking violations for out of state plates during a pandemic in which DMV is closed? Should I worry about parking in the street even in my own ward now that I received this warning notice?

Thank you in advance for any advice you can provide.”

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