How to appeal a TVB ticket conviction

You can appeal a Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB) conviction online or by mail

  • you must file your appeal within 30 days of the date of conviction
  • you must pay a $10 non refundable appeal fee for each conviction appealed within 30 days of the date of conviction 1

Your submission of an appeal online or by mail does not mean that your appeal has been accepted. The DMV Appeals Board must determine that your appeal meets legal requirements. 2

 

Online 

You can appeal online if

  • you have been convicted in a New York State Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB) for a traffic offense
  • the conviction occurred within the last 30 days 3

The traffic ticket must display the words "Traffic Violations Bureau" at the bottom. If it does not, you cannot file an appeal with the Department of Motor Vehicles. 4

At the end of the transaction you will get a 3-digit Appeal Access number. You can use this later to check the status of your appeal.

You can appeal one conviction per online transaction.

 

You will need

  • the TVB traffic ticket number from your conviction (see a sample ticket)

and either

  • your DMV ID Number from your New York State driver license, learner permit or non-driver photo ID card (see a sample driver license)

or

  • you full name, date of birth, and gender (as they appear on the traffic ticket)

and the following

  • your mailing address (please note that any address you enter for the appeal will not automatically update your DMV driver license or vehicle records)
  • an Appeal Argument that explains the valid reasons for your appeal
  • if an attorney will represent you in the appeal, the attorney's name and mailing address
  • if you request a stay of a suspension or revocation that resulted from the conviction, a written 'Stay Argument' 5

You must notify the DMV Appeals Board in writing immediately of any change of address that occurs after an appeal is filed.

 

Appeal a TVB ticket
conviction online

 

Exhibits or arguments that can't be submitted online

If your exhibits or arguments cannot be submitted online or your Appeal Argument does not fit into the space provided, you can mail them to the DMV. Evidence, exhibits or documents not submitted to and considered by the hearing officer may not be filed with the appeal. 6


You cannot cancel an online appeal

You cannot cancel your transaction after you verify your information or submit your payment.


You cannot edit your online appeal

You cannot edit your original Appeal Argument or any Additional Appeal Arguments after you submit online.


You can submit an additional Appeal Argument

If you request a transcript to be reviewed for your online appeal, you may submit an additional Appeal Argument. The Additional Argument must be submitted within 30 days after the transcript you ordered has been sent to you from the Transcriber. To submit an Additional Argument after receiving your transcript, access the transaction again and enter either

  • the ticket number
  • your DMV ID Number from your New York State driver license, learner permit or non-driver photo ID card (see sample driver license)

or, your

  • name
  • date of birth
  • (3-digit) Appeal Access Number


By mail

Use the Traffic Violations Bureau Appeal (PDF) (AA-33) form. Mail your appeal and $10 appeal fee to

DMV Appeals Board
P.O. Box 2935
Albany, NY  12220-0935

To appeal a DMV determination other than a TVB conviction or penalty, use the Appeal From DMV Hearing Determination (PDF) (AA-33A).

 

By phone

Sorry, you cannot appeal a TVB conviction by phone.

 

At a TVB office

Sorry, you cannot submit an appeal at a TVB office.

 

How to check the status of appeal filed online

The Appeals Board will acknowledge receipt of your appeal form and fee with a letter.

You can also use the TVB Traffic Ticket Appeal service to check your appeal status. You will need to provide

  • the ticket number
  • your DMV ID Number from your New York State driver license, learner permit or non-driver photo ID card

or, your

  • name
  • date of birth
  • (3-digit) Appeal Access Number

Do it by mail

If you do not want to file an appeal online, use Traffic Violations Bureau Appeal (AA-33).

To appeal a DMV determination other than a TVB conviction or penalty, use form Appeal Form (AA-33A). Mail your appeal and fee(s) to

DMV Appeals Board
P.O. Box 2935
Albany, NY  12220-0935

For your convenience, many DMV PDF forms can be filled in online and then printed.