DOT to Begin Collecting Late Fees on Unpaid Tickets Aug. 1

The county’s Department of Transportation will begin collecting late fees on unpaid parking tickets again on Aug.1, officials announced.

The department suspended late fees in March 2020 to ease possible financial hardships during the pandemic. Any tickets issued from Jan. 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021 will have late fees waived if they are paid by Aug. 1.

The DOT has begun mailing notices to owners with a balance due on outstanding citations issued during that period.

“If payment or a court request has not been made by Aug. 1, the penalty phase will begin 15 days following (Aug. 15) with a $25 late fee.

"A subsequent late fee will be issued in the 45 days following. Late fees will only affect outstanding citations that have not already requested court or made their payment,” according to a press release.

Residents can pay for a parking ticket, or look up possible citations by license plate number, online or by calling 240.453.0113.

In addition, the two parking sales stores located in Bethesda (Cheltenham Garage, No. 42) and Silver Spring (Town Square Garage, No. 61, 801 Ellsworth Dr.) have resumed regular hours of operation from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Residents can pay parking citations, purchase monthly parking passes and other county-issued parking permits at these locations.