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How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Maryland

Citations or traffic tickets are issued in the State of Maryland 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 Maryland, see our general section on Traffic Tickets and Violations.


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.


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.

  1. Pay online. Most Maryland traffic tickets can be answered and paid online using a credit or debit card. Visit the Maryland District Court's online payment site PaymentChek.
  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 in the envelope provided with it. Write the ticket number on the payment and make it payable to the Maryland District Court. Remember to place an 'X' in the 'payment enclosed' box on the front of the envelope. Mail to:


Maryland District Court,
P.O. Box 6676,
Annapolis, MD 21401-0676    

Be sure to retain a copy of the citation for your personal records.

  1. Pay in person. You can pay your traffic tickets at any district court in Maryland. Bring the citation with you, along with the payment (Credit cards are accepted).
  2. Pay by phone. You can pay by calling the Maryland District Court's Interactive Voice Response system at (800) 492-2656. Payment can be made by credit card.


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 Maryland State.


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.


If you lost a traffic ticket after receiving it, you must contact a Maryland District Court.


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