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How to Pay a Traffic Ticket

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If you pay a traffic ticket right after getting one, it automatically means you admit to being guilty and you waive the right to a trial. That brings consequences with it, such as increased insurance rates or a suspended driver's license as a result of accumulated points. That's why you should first try to contest the ticket or attend a traffic school, which may help you not get points added to your driving record.

If you still have to pay the ticket after you've tried all legal means to dispute it, you shouldn't avoid it. That can bring some serious repercussions.

There are a couple of different ways for paying a traffic ticket. If you are in a hurry, you can do it over the phone, by calling the number on the back of the ticket. You just enter your credit-card information and you receive a confirmation number in return.

Another time-saving option is paying it online. You will be required to submit your name, the ticket number, driver's license number and in some cases the Social Security Number along with credit-card info. This option often includes paying some additional processing fees.

Paying a ticket by writing a check is also possible. You must remember that the check is from your personal account, not a business account, in case you own a business.

There is always the option of paying a ticket in person for those of you that have more than enough time on your hands. In such a situation, you should go to the courthouse that is quoted on the back of the ticket. But this is not so convenient, either. You need to go to the courthouse if you want to contest the ticket anyway. So, in case you lose, and we hope it won't come to that, you can pay it on the spot.

Whichever way of paying a traffic ticket you choose, you should make sure to do it before the due date expiration. Otherwise you can be charged late fees or get your license suspended.