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D.C. hits car owners with mistaken notice of insurance lapse, fines

Posted: February 14, 2018

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Washington, D.C., regulators mistakenly sent letters to registered car owners stating that they owed a hefty fine for not having auto insurance coverage, when in fact, their vehicles were insured.

Gwendolyn Chambers, speaking for the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, which sent the erroneous letters, could not state how many letters were sent, according to WTOP. Reports have estimated the number to be about 5,000.

NewsCar owners received letters stating that their insurance coverage had lapsed, they had fines imposed, and their vehicle registration was pending suspension.

At least one driver received a letter mistakenly stating that her insurance had lapsed for six months and she was required to pay a fine of $1,228.

According to the D.C. mayor’s office, those who have also received a letter and have questions about it can call 311.

The DMV plans to send out letters to drivers alerting them to the mistake and correct the errors, Chambers said in a statement to WTOP.

A redacted letter is posted below. Click on the image for a full-size image.

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