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Citations for Motor Carrier Violations

Overweight Citation (Form MCS-1)

A Virginia overweight citation is issued when a carrier is operating a vehicle on Virginia highways and the vehicle's weight exceeds the statutory weight limits per the Code of Virginia § 46.2-1133.

A Virginia overweight citation is directed to the owner, operator or other person(s) responsible for the offense as determined by the issuing officer or agent. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is responsible for collecting payment for Virginia overweight citations and is not authorized to waive or adjust the assessed amount of a citation.

Motor Carrier Citation (Form MCS-303)

A Virginia motor carrier citation is issued when a carrier is in violation per the Code of Virginia § 46.2-613.1 of any of the following:

  • Failure to obtain/display vehicle registration, title, or license plate.
  • Non-compliance with Unified Carrier Registration (UCR)
  • Failure to pay vehicle registration fee or proper vehicle registration fee.
  • Failure to obtain/display Operating Authority registration or operating after such registration is revoked, cancelled or suspended.
  • Failure to obtain/display International Fuel Tax Agreement Credentials or operating after such credential have been revoked, cancelled or suspended.
  • Exceeding size limitations.

NOTE: For certain violations, the driver may be instructed to park and not move the vehicle until full compliance is satisfied.

A Virginia motor carrier citation is directed to the owner, operator or other person(s) responsible for the violation as determined by the issuing officer or agent. DMV is responsible for levying a civil penalty and a processing fee and collecting payment for Virginia motor carrier citations. DMV is not authorized to waive or adjust the amount due for the citation.

Penalties

Failure to make full payment or submit a written Notice of Elect to Contest Request to DMV within 21 calendar days of the offense date will result in the suspension of your privilege to operate on Virginia highways. In addition, a $50 reinstatement fee will be assessed. Your vehicles may be detained in Virginia until the total amount due is paid.

Contesting the Citation

You may deliver the signed citation to DMV by mail or in person to contest the charge. Your contest request must be received by DMV within 21 calendar days after the citation is served.

  1. Check the "Contest the Charge" box in the "How To Comply" section on the front side of the citation document.
  2. Sign and date the citation.
  3. Notify DMV NOTE: IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that you send your request to DMV by Certified Mail and that you retain confirmation in your records. Timely delivery by regular mail is at your risk. Mail: Send the signed citation to the following address:
    • Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
    • Motor Carrier Services, Room 608
    • P.O. Box 27412
    • Richmond, VA 23269-0001
    In person: Present the signed citation to any Virginia DMV Customer Service Center.
  4. Customer notification: DMV will send you a written confirmation within five (5) business days that your request has been received and processed, and that your case has been forwarded to the court for trial. Contact DMV Motor Carrier Services at (804) 249-5130 if you do not receive this written confirmation.
  5. You must then appear in court prepared to contest your case on the date, time, and location specified in your written confirmation.
  6. Once your case is heard, a final case disposition is issued by the court. The Code of Virginia requires that the disposition be satisfied within 30 calendar days after the trial date.
  7. Failure to satisfy the final case disposition within 30 calendar days will result in the suspension of your privilege to operate on Virginia highways. In addition, a $50 reinstatement fee will be assessed. Your vehicles may be detained in Virginia until the total amount is paid.

Motor Carrier Overweight Citation Transcript

A Motor Carrier Overweight Citation Transcript serves as a representation of overweight violations a carrier currently has on his/her record for a requested time period. This transcript will display pertinent information about the carrier along with overweight citation activity. The cost is $8.00.

There are two types of transcripts available: summarized and detailed. A Summarized Overweight Citation Transcript will include a high level view of total citations; outstanding amounts owed and summarized overweight citation activity. A Detailed Overweight Citation Transcript will display more specific information such as citation number, offense date, assessed/judgment amount, status, payment status and date, violation type and weight, service agent and service state. It is your choice on the type of transcript you want to receive. NOTE: Some information will be excluded if you are requesting a transcript for a record other than your own.

Those customers wishing to obtain a Motor Carrier Overweight Citation Transcript will need to submit a request in writing that includes: which type of transcript they are requesting, who they are and why they are requesting it, method of payment, contact information and a return mailing address. If the request is related to a contested citation that contested citation number must be included also. Requests can be mailed to the address below or faxed to (804) 367-1122:

  • Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Motor Carrier Services, Room 608
  • P.O. Box 27412
  • Richmond, VA 23269-0001

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