Q: What happens if I ignore the Notice of Violation?
Failure to respond to the notice may result in a Penalty Assessment Notice being authorized by the Denver Police Department. This Penalty Assessment Notice will be personally served by a process server and will result in a service fee of at least $29.00. If a Penalty Assessment Notice is served you will be required to appear in court unless payment is received 5 business days prior to the respond by/arraignment date listed on the Penalty Assessment Notice.
The respond by/arraignment date is listed on the served Penalty Assessment Notice. This respond by date is your arraignment date. You will need to pay the fine and costs including the personal service fee, submit a not pictured driver affidavit or nominate the driver (not required to) within 15 days of the respond by/arraignment date. If you wish to plead not guilty you need to go to the Denver County Court, Room 135 by 5:00 PM on the respond by date.
Q: Will I receive points on my driving record for a photo speed/red light ticket?
No. Photo Speed violations are zero point Traffic Infractions that are not reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Q: What if I am not the person pictured in the violation notice?
You may sign and mail in the 'Not Pictured Driver Affidavit' located on the back of your Notice of Violation or Penalty Assessment Notice. You must submit a legible, clear photocopy of your driver’s license with the 'Not Pictured Driver Affidavit'. The affidavit and supporting documentation will be reviewed by a Denver Police Department employee and a determination will be made regarding the identity of the actual driver. If further information is required, you may be contacted by the Photo Enforcement Unit. In most cases, you will be notified by mail of the outcome of the Denver Police Department review.
- If it is determined that you are not the driver, the case against you will be dismissed.
- If your affidavit is not accepted, the Notice of Violation will remain in your name. If you set your case for final hearing and your 'Not Pictured Driver Affidavit' is not accepted, a Photo Enforcement Agent will appear on the day of final hearing.
A false representation that you are not the pictured driver may subject you to criminal prosecution and penalties according to Denver Revised Municipal Code 38-40, False Information.
Q: Do I have to identify the driver in the violation and what happens if I do?
You are not required to nominate (or identify) the driver in order to have your 'Not Pictured Affidavit' reviewed by the Denver Police Department.
If you choose to nominate the driver, the Nomination Affidavit information is reviewed by a Denver Police Department employee. If it is accepted, the notice of violation against you will be cancelled and placed in the name of the person nominated. If a Penalty Assessment Notice was served and/or filed in the Denver County Court, the Denver Police Department will submit a motion via our City Attorney to dismiss the case against you and the Notice of Violation or Penalty Assessment Notice will be issued to the individual you nominated.
If the Nomination Affidavit is not accepted, the Notice of Violation will remain in your name. If you set your case for final hearing and your nomination of another driver is not accepted, a Photo Enforcement Agent will appear on the day of final hearing.
Q: How do I request a photo enforcement citation review?
Call the Photo Enforcement Unit at 720-337-1114 if you wish to request a review of your Photo Enforcement citation. Please note that:
- Citation reviews are a courtesy, not a right.
- All reviews must be scheduled in advance by calling the Photo Enforcement Unit.
- Reviews may not result in the dismissal or cancellation of the notice against you.
- Be sure to review the images online before contacting us for a review. If you are unable to access your images online, please call the Photo Enforcement Unit.
- No documents relating to the specific photo speed or photo red light enforcement will be presented or shared with you during the review.
- This review does not constitute discovery under the Colorado Court Rules.
- The review is not the opportunity to debate the merits of the violation or the Photo Enforcement Program.
- Abusive behavior and language will not be tolerated. Individuals who engage in such behavior will immediately be escorted from the facility and may be charged with DRMC 38-89, Disturbance of the Peace or other appropriate charges.
- No weapons of any kind are allowed in the Review Room.
- All individuals may be required to go through a metal detector prior to entering the room.
If you feel the wrong vehicle or person was cited, please call the Photo Enforcement Unit for a review while you are on the phone. This phone review will not address whether you are the pictured driver but will address whether the right person or vehicle is cited as in violation.
Q: How do I plead not guilty?
To plead not guilty, you must take your Self-Filing Coupon (Self Filing Penalty Assessment Notice) or the Penalty Assessment Notice you were personally served to the Denver County Court, Traffic Division, Room 135, 1437 Bannock St., Denver, CO 80202 in the City between 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM, Monday through Thursday and from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Fridays, to enter your not guilty plea and receive a final hearing date. Please do not call the court requesting information about your photo enforcement citation. They are not able to answer any questions regarding Notices of Violation. They are only able to answer court related questions regarding your citation.
You do not need to plead not guilty to have the Denver Police Department review your notice of violation for not pictured driver or nomination.
Q: Why was I personally served if I paid my citation or plead not guilty?
If the Police Department Photo Enforcement Unit does not receive a response from you before the "respond by" date on the notice of violation, a penalty assessment notice is printed and sent to the process server for personal service. Payment or cancellation of the notice may occur after the notice has been sent to the process server.
All personally served citations are reviewed by an employee of the Denver Police Department. If payment was received and credited prior to the personal service or the notice was otherwise cancelled (not the pictured driver, plate misread, etc.), the personal service fee will be cancelled. If payment is received after personal service, this fee will be due. If the personal service fee is due, you will receive a letter indicating this.