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How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Minnesota
Citations or traffic tickets are issued in the State of Minnesota 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 Minnesota, 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 fifteen days of receiving a traffic ticket to avoid additional fines and possible suspension of your license.
- Pay online. Some courts in Minnesota let you pay traffic tickets online. Payment can be done by Visa or MasterCard (or transfer fund from your savings or checking account in some cases). At other courts you have to pay by mail or in person.
- 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 court where your ticket is answerable. Be sure to retain a copy of the citation for your personal records.
- Pay in person. You can pay your traffic tickets at the court where your ticket is answerable. Bring the citation with you, along with the payment. For more information visit the traffic tickets site of the Minnesota judicial branch or contact the court.
- Pay by phone. Some courts in Minnesota accept traffic ticket payments by phone using Visa or MasterCard. For more information visit the traffic tickets site of the Minnesota judicial branch or contact the court.