Reschedule Your Hearing or Reopen a Default

To reschedule your upcoming hearing date, you will need to submit a request to the OATH Hearings Division. You have up until the date of the hearing for OATH to receive your request for a reschedule.  If the Hearings Division grants your request, you will be notified of the new hearing date by mail.

How to Reschedule Your Upcoming Hearing:

 

Online - The easiest way is to submit this electronic request form.

Please note that the online form can be translated by using the “Translate This Page” black button on the top of the page. You can submit this form in the language you feel most comfortable using.

 

 

 

 

By Mail - To request to reschedule the case by mail, print this form (in PDF), and send it to the address listed on the top of the form.

(English) (Spanish) (Arabic) (Bengali) (Chinese) (French-Creole) (Korean)(Russian) (Urdu)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You may make one reschedule request for each Notice or Summons. All additional requests must be made in person, before an OATH Hearing Officer at the time of the scheduled hearing. 

 

Defaults

If you do not respond to a summons on, or before the scheduled hearing, you will receive a decision in the mail that finds you in violation of the charge, by default. If you did not appear, you may have to pay a higher fine.

Read the informational brochure Defaulted Cases: What You Should Know (in PDF), (Spanish) (Arabic) (Bengali) (Chinese) (French-Creole) (Korean) (Russian) (Urdu).

If you got a decision finding you in default, you can:

  • Pay the penalty and any additional penalties that may have been imposed; or  
  • Apply to reopen the defaulted case

How to Reopen Your Defaulted Case

 

Online - The easiest way is to submit this electronic request form.

Please note that the online form can be translated by using the “Translate This Page” black button on the top of the page. You can submit this form in the language you feel most comfortable using.

 

 

 

 

By Mail - To apply to reopen by mail, print the below form (in PDF), and send it to the address listed on the top of the form.

(English) (Spanish) (Arabic) (Bengali) (Chinese) (French-Creole) (Korean) (Russian)

 

 

 

 






You may only request a new hearing once for each summons that is in default, so make sure to follow the instructions carefully. If the request for a new hearing is received by the OATH Hearings Division within 60 days of the date the case first defaulted, then OATH will grant the request

If Your Request is Granted
If your request for a new hearing is granted, OATH will mail you a new hearing date. You must attend the new hearing. If your ticket is one that does not require you to come to the OATH hearing in person, you can submit a defense by mail, over the phone, or online, but OATH must receive your defense on or before the new scheduled hearing date.

If Your Request is Denied
You will have to pay the default penalty and any additional fees or interest that may have accrued. If you do not pay the penalty, the City may file papers with the Civil Court of New York City. The Department of Finance, the agency responsible for collecting money that is owed to the City, may also start collection activities. Learn about payment options.


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