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How to file an appeal with the Transit Adjudication Bureau

Updated Oct 6, 2021
If, following a hearing, you disagree with the hearing officer’s decision, you can file an appeal.

About appeals

  • You must pay all fines before you file an appeal. If your case is dismissed, we’ll return this money to you.
  • You have 30 days after the decision to file an appeal.
  • Your appeal will be decided by a board of three Hearing Officers who were not involved in the initial decision in your case.
  • You can appear in person at your appeal, but you don't need to. Either way, you won’t be allowed to present new evidence.
  • The purpose of the appeal is to determine whether the Hearing Officer’s decision was correct based on the evidence presented at your hearing. An appeal is not a new hearing.

1. Download or print an appeal form.

Read the instructions on the form carefully and fill it out. Here's a copy of the form.

2. If you can't afford the entire fine

  • Call us at 347-643-5805 and ask about a time payment plan.
  • If you have proof of financial hardship, you can request a waiver to appeal without paying the fine. However, if you do not win your appeal, you will be responsible for the additional penalties and interest.

Here's the financial hardship waiver form.

After you file an appeal

After reviewing the record from the original hearing, as well as the arguments made on your Notice of Appeal, the Appeals Board will make a decision to affirm, reverse, or modify the original decision.

The Appeals Board will make a decision on the appeal and mail you a copy of the decision.

Challenge an appeal decision

If you would like to challenge a decision issued by the Appeals Board, you can do so in New York State Supreme Court in a special proceeding under Article 78 of the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules. You are eligible to file an Article 78 petition in State Court only after you have appealed to and received a decision from the TAB Appeals Board.