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How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Florida

Citations or traffic tickets are issued in the State of Florida for various violations of traffic law. You must respond to a citation, usually by paying a fine or appearing in court, or else a warrant may be issued for your arrest and your driving license may be suspended.

If you wish to dispute the citation, you must appear in court personally on the scheduled date, and enter a "not guilty" plea. Appearing in court gives you an opportunity to fight the traffic ticket in front of a judge or jury, and most people prefer to hire a traffic ticket lawyer to defend them in court. For more information on how to dispute a traffic ticket in Florida, see our general section on Traffic Tickets and Violations.

PAYING A TRAFFIC TICKET - WHAT IT MEANS

When you pay a ticket, you are essentially pleading guilty to a traffic offense. Motorists should be aware that receiving and paying a traffic citation could result in higher car insurance rates and points on your driving record. Your license may be suspended if you accumulate too many points on your driving record.

HOW TO PAY THE FINE

If you decide to plead guilty to a traffic violation, there are several ways to pay the ticket. Generally, the back of the citation will clearly indicate the deadlines and options for answering the ticket. Usually, you must act within 30 days of receiving a traffic ticket to avoid additional fines and possible suspension of your license.

  1. Pay online. In most counties in Florida you can pay your traffic tickets online using a credit or debit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover). Visit the Florida State Pay Traffic Citations page to determine whether your county has an online payment system.
  2. Pay by mail. Read the instructions on the back of the ticket carefully, then check the "Guilty" box and sign the ticket. Enclose a check or money order for the amount indicated on the ticket, and mail to the county clerk's office where the citation was issued. You will find the address on the ticket.
  3. Pay in person. You can pay your traffic tickets at the county clerk's office where the ticket was issued. Bring the citation with you, along with a check, money order, or credit card. For more information call your county clerk's office.

PLEADING NOT GUILTY

If you decide to plead not guilty and dispute the ticket, read the instructions on the back of the ticket carefully. The instructions will generally indicate when and how to plead not guilty, and information about appearing in court to dispute your ticket. See our general section on Traffic Tickets and Violations for more information about how to dispute a traffic ticket in Florida State.

DISMISSAL OF CHARGES

Remember that you cannot be found guilty of committing a traffic offense unless there is clear, accurate and convincing evidence that you committed the violation. Charges may be dismissed in court if the citation includes vague or incorrect information. For instance, vehicle information, time, location and circumstances must all be indicated correctly on the ticket. Many motorists choose to consult with a traffic ticket attorney to help them evaluate the validity of the ticket, and whether or not it is likely to be dismissed in court.

LOST TICKETS

If you lost a traffic ticket after receiving it, you must contact the court where the ticket is answerable. If you do not know the name of the appropriate court, contact the nearest Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) office.

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Reviews of How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Florida

I received a ticket- attempted to pay and it was sent back stating the fine is greater then the amount clearly written in the ticket

Do I have to pay the new amount or the amount written on the ticket

I payed a traffic ticket. And yet I haven't received a reciept. Or they haven't cleared it in the system yet. How can I make this happen without going back to Florida in person:???

Find ticket

I NEED TO PAY A TICKET BUT I DONT HAVE THE TICKET WITH ME . HOW CAN I DO IT

I need to pay a ticket but I misplaced it. How can I obtain a copy?

I was found guilty of speeding violation and i thought that i paid the ticket when i was in court,

However two years later i received a letter from from the clerk of Circuit court from Brevard county asking me to paid the unpaid ticket. I made arrangements with the Deputy Clerk to entered into a differed payment program to avoid suspension of my drivers license. However, two months l while visiting family in Broward County, i was pulled over for a speeding ticket and the State trooper told my that my Drivers License was suspended and confiscated my Drivers License. In February 23rd, i had a stroke and i must drive to see three doctors each week and also three times per week of physical therapy treatments and i don't have anyone to drive me,

What do i do?????

PLEASE HELP !!! MY TIME TO PAY MY TICKET HAS EXSPIRED. AND TURNED OVER TO COLLECTION AGENCY. HOW DO I FIND OUT WHAT AGENCY HAS IT? AND THEIR PHONE # TO CALL THEM ,TO PAY THE TICKET?? anybody?

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I just recently reinstated my license last month. Indeed once, your citation is turned over to Collections, there is a number provided at the local County Clerks Office, I'm not sure where you are located. I'm here in florida, Jacksonville, so I went to the Duval County Clerks office (assuming that it would be a piece of cake). the clerk gave me a number to call and I had to pay over the phone. After that, they told me to wait for documentation in the mail, (they are the receipts for the traffic tickets). The clerk told me it takes about 3 business to get it mailed out to you. So after playing the waiting game, I finally received the documents in the mail. I went BACK to the Duval County Clerks Office, turned in my receipts and then she gave me some forms to take to my local DMV. I THOUGHT that was it, but THEN, upon trying to get my new license, turns out I had provide a birth certificate AND a SSN card, BUT that was just to get a new license, she did reinstate my license for about $62.00 so if the police ran my license plate, I wouldn't get pulled over...hope this helps.

More over, I would say it was a headache, but it is necessary to get done. So I hope that you are able get in touch with your local County Clerks Office and tell them you need a number to Collections (they should provide that for you). And just give them a call...

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