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How to Dispute a Citation

Automated Vehicle Identification Systems are used throughout the City of Denver to deter drivers from speeding and running red lights. It is also a violation to stop beyond the white line at intersections while stopped at a red light.

The photo speed system is typically housed in a Photo Enforcement Van. If the system detects a violation it takes a photograph of the car and driver. For photo light violations, the equipment is housed at the intersection being monitored and if the system detects a violation it takes a photograph of the car and driver.

This information is forwarded to the Photo Enforcement Unit of the Denver Police Department. After the owner of the car has been identified, a Notice of Violation is mailed to the owner.

To dispute the citation you have three of options:

NOT PICTURED DRIVER

If you are not the driver, you must sign and mail in the “Not Pictured Driver Affidavit” located on the back of your Notice. You must submit a clear photocopy of your driver’s license with the affidavit. Mail to:

Denver Police Department
Photo Enforcement Unit
P.O. Box 46503
Denver, CO 80201-6503
 

The documentation will be reviewed by the Denver Police Department and a determination will be made regarding the identity of the driver. If further information is required, you will be contacted. In most cases you will be notified by mail of the outcome of the review.

If it is determined that you are not the driver, the citation will be dismissed. If your affidavit is not accepted, the Notice of Violation will remain in your name.

NOMINATE ANOTHER DRIVER

You may choose to nominate another driver. To do so, you should fill out the “Nomination Affidavit” information and mail to the Denver Police Department. A review will occur. If the affidavit is accepted the citation against you will be cancelled and placed in the name of the person nominated. If the affidavit is not accepted, the citation will remain in your name.

SET A FINAL HEARING

You can bring your Notice of Violation to County Court, sign an Advisement of Rights    form and set the matter for a Final Hearing so a judicial officer can decide your guilt or innocence. To do this, you must come to the Clerk’s Office in Room 135, 1437 Bannock Street. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday.

Before setting the matter for Final Hearing you may want to review the photo citation online to determine if you still want to choose this option. You must have your citation number and pin number listed on your Notice of Violation to view online. You can also request a review with the Photo Enforcement Unit by contacting them at (720) 337-1114.

NOTE: If you ignore the Notice of Violation, a Penalty Assessment Notice will be authorized by the Denver Police Department. The Penalty Assessment will be personally served by a process server and an additional charge for service will be required. The fee will be at least $25.00. The Penalty Assessment must be served within 90 days of the violation date to be valid.

If the Penalty Assessment is served, you will need to appear at the County Court Clerk’s Office located in Room 135, 1437 Bannock Street, sign an Advisement of Rights form, and schedule the matter for a Final Hearing. You must do this by the response date listed on the Penalty Assessment.

You can pay the fine and cost of service and avoid going to court. This must be done at least 5 days prior to the response date. You can pay online or by mail.  Photo enforcement tickets are zero point violations and will not be reported to the Department of Motor Vehicle.

Send payment to:

Denver Police Department
Photo Enforcement Unit
P.O. Box 46503
Denver, CO 80201-6503
 

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