How to pay a traffic ticket online
Getting a traffic ticket is stressful, but it doesn’t have to drag you down. If you receive a civil traffic citation for speeding, running a red light, or failing to stop at a stop sign, you have several no-stress options you can take to meet the requirements for the ticket.
Option #1: Elect traffic school and pay the citation
While it may seem easiest to simply pay the citation and be done with it, you should be wary of any points associated with the penalty that would be assessed against your license. If you hold a Class E license, have not attended traffic school within the past 12 months and have chosen this option no more than five times in your lifetime, you can elect to attend traffic school to prevent the points from being placed on your driving record. If you simply pay the ticket, you accept the points by default which can pave the way to a license suspension! For this reason, it is critical for you to monitor your driving record closely -- especially if you have received a ticket in the past.
In most counties, there are several ways for drivers to make their traffic school election. The most common methods include filling out the back of the traffic citation and returning it to the clerk, however, many counties now allow you to conveniently make the election online. To learn more about electing traffic school and how to pay a traffic ticket online in your county, click here.
Option #2: Pay the citation and accept the points against you
Many counties offer an online payment portal that allows you to make your payment once the ticket has been entered into their system. If the county where your ticket was issued does not offer this service, you will usually have the option to pay by phone, mail or in person. For more information on the payment options available to you, choose your county from our county list.
Option #3: Request a Hearing
If you would like to fight the ticket, you can do so by requesting a hearing. In this case, you may be able to dismiss the ticket. However, you would be responsible for paying any applicable court and attorney fees. In the event that you are found guilty, the clerk will provide you with details on any fines you must pay, as well as the additional court costs, surcharges and any other penalties you may have to pay (if applicable).