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:
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.
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
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. September 2016 - December 12, 2016: The City is administering an Amnesty Program and is reducing penalties and forgiving interest for cases that are “in collection” and get paid before December 12, 2016. Learn how to take advantage of the NYC Amnesty Program.