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How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in New York

How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in New York

Citations or traffic tickets are issued in the State of New York 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 New York, 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.

  1. Pay online. Most traffic tickets issued by the Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB) can be answered and paid online using a credit or debit card. Visit the New York State Plead and Play section to determine whether you are eligible to use the 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, made payable to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. Mail to:
    Plea Unit
    P.O. Box 2950 - ESP
    Albany, NY 12220-0950    

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

  3. Pay in person. You can pay your traffic tickets at any of the New York State Traffic Violations Bureau offices. Bring the citation with you, along with a check, money order, Visa or MasterCard. In addition, bring proof of identity (i.e. your driver license) when you come to a TVB office.
  1. Pay by phone.Schedule a hearing or pay for a traffic ticket by calling 718-488-5710 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. You will need to make any payments by credit or debit card.

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 New York 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 DMV Call Center.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Submitted by Indira Sharmi on 3rd Sep 2015

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Make pay ticket here and here my card number 378341256714015. please make ticket paid. thank you bye

Submitted by jaglow on 14th Nov 2014

the dmv is retardulous...the

the dmv is retardulous...the gov is useless...this site is laughable...they dont want us to pay on time because they tack on late fees...My officer purposely wrote down my address wrong so i never got a notice in the mail.now im suspended and wanna go to court, but cant set a date through this website..Thanks Obama...lol

Submitted by efrain74 on 25th Oct 2014

I went to court

I went to court everytime..because of three tickets..in august I plead guilty and settled for $75 charge plus court fees. Dmv sent two notice to default letters with wrong information of reason why I had a plea and even the amounts..which are different on both letters and sent on the same date. Dmv is also threatening to seize my property if I dont pay asap. Who can help me fix this problem.

Submitted by RAJINDER KAUR on 30th Oct 2013

I GOT RED LIGHT CAMRA TICKET

I GOT RED LIGHT CAMRA TICKET FOR RIGHT TURN ON RED LIGHT WHERE IS (YIELD SIGN) FOR TAKE RIGHT TURN AND THERE IS NO SIGN FOR (NO TURN ON RED LIGHT)IS $80 DOLLERS WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Submitted by awilson2224 on 26th Sep 2014

i got the same darn ticket i

i got the same darn ticket i just wanted to know what was the out come of you trying to fight it NEW YORK IS SO MONEY HUNGRY

Submitted by Kennydeimler@me.com on 13th Aug 2012

What if the cop is so angry

What if the cop is so angry an gives you his copy of the ticket does this help u in any way

Submitted by 58desimone on 11th Aug 2011

What is the number to the dmv

What is the number to the dmv hotline for lost tickets? The only one i found on the website is entirely automated and offers no help for lost tickets.

Submitted by josh9090 on 20th Apr 2012

Bend over and let the DMV

Bend over and let the DMV have it's way !!! LOL

Submitted by alexsun on 5th Jan 2012

Me too. I lost the ticket as

Me too. I lost the ticket as well.. I don't what to do. Nobody is answering the phones....

Submitted by 58desimone on 11th Aug 2011

for an unpaid traffic ticket?

for an unpaid traffic ticket? this is enormously frustrating. Where is the respect on the dmvs end? not a single representative to speak with... absolutely disgusting

Submitted by egnweon on 1st Mar 2013

lol this guys a cop lol

lol this guys a cop lol

Submitted by Anonymous on 21st Mar 2011

THIS IS THE MOST USELESS SITE

THIS IS THE MOST USELESS SITE EVER. GO FIGURE ITS NEW YORK'S GOVERMENT FOR YA!!!! I JUST WANNA PAY OR FIND OUT HOW TO PAY A FREAKIN' TICKET ALREADY!!!!

Submitted by SuperH on 6th Jun 2012

The website is not friendly

The website is not friendly at all. The guy/gal that designed the website forgot that we are people 99% and in the first website class in college they clear specify KISS (KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID). The website is totally a disaster. YES is true there is a lot of information there but you have to spend hours and hours if you're lucky. I am in the same situation and is frustated... Dear Gov, please improve the website with all the money you got from the tickets...

Submitted by Anonymous on 10th May 2011

I agree! Never saw anything

I agree! Never saw anything like this non -sense in my life

Submitted by Anonymous on 16th Mar 2011

This is a government website,

This is a government website, and, as such, is completely unusable....

Submitted by Anonymous on 15th Mar 2011

you want to take my license

you want to take my license away, take it take it take it take whatever you want!!!!! i'm done with this. I want to pay my ticketttttttt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Submitted by Anonymous on 15th Mar 2011

Where do I pay the

Where do I pay the ticket????? this is crazy!!!!!

Submitted by coastiewife on 11th Oct 2009

I got a seat belt violation

I got a seat belt violation ticket alittle over a year ago, sent it in pleading guilty and then I moved. My issue is I didnt recieve my fine due to relocating and I have yet to change the address on my liscense. My husbands in the military and if he doesn't have to change his, I dont think I have to change mine...or I could be wrong. I have no clue where about the violation happened as to what court to call for info (it was on a highway somewhere between NY and CT), so im at a loss. Who do I call?

Submitted by crazychrissy116 on 18th Oct 2014

i will like to pay my paking

i will like to pay my paking my ticking

Submitted by crazychrissy116 on 18th Oct 2014

yes

yes

Submitted by raphaelrolo on 18th Sep 2009

pay for summons

pay for summons

Submitted by Franklin Rosales on 31st Aug 2009

I got a ticket in NYS I dont

I got a ticket in NYS I dont know how to pay it I hane no phone number on the tickets or address or web site

Submitted by JenniferMendez on 24th Aug 2009

i will like to pay 2 tickets

i will like to pay 2 tickets how i do that in the internet

Submitted by Anonymous on 21st Mar 2011

i would like to pay 2 tickets

i would like to pay 2 tickets online

Submitted by lorenzotepi on 27th Jul 2009

ok

ok

Submitted by vramdass on 27th Jun 2009

i WOULD LIKE TO PAY A TRAFFIC

i WOULD LIKE TO PAY A TRAFFIC TICKET

Submitted by Anonymous on 18th Feb 2011

Iwould would to pay off my

Iwould would to pay off my traffic ticket online please

Submitted by Anonymous on 15th Mar 2011

how do i pay a fire hydrant

how do i pay a fire hydrant ticket

Submitted by trafficdeysi on 13th Jun 2009

web site to pay tickets

web site to pay tickets

Submitted by leonel thimo on 29th May 2009

yes , i need to my traffic

yes , i need to my traffic ticket on line if I could, and I also need to created my accound on line so I could aaways pay my bills online.

Submitted by Anonymous on 18th Feb 2011

please thankyou

please thankyou

Submitted by leonel thimo on 29th May 2009

please show how to pay my

please show how to pay my tickets on line

Submitted by FRANK J VISCARDI on 28th May 2009

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Submitted by elosito on 6th May 2009

i want to at ticket

i want to at ticket

Submitted by theking940 on 27th Apr 2009

i have a traffic ticket from

i have a traffic ticket from almost a year ago is it too late to pay it and how do i go about paying it so i can get my permit from being suspended

Submitted by martinbutler on 7th Mar 2009

martin

martin

Submitted by sunny4hunny on 6th Mar 2009

i got ticket in manhattan and

i got ticket in manhattan and i lost it what should i do

Submitted by barthel joseph on 15th Jun 2009

want tp pay ticket

want tp pay ticket

Submitted by REBE on 1st Mar 2009

I WANT TO PAY TIKET

I WANT TO PAY TIKET

Submitted by crazychrissy116 on 18th Oct 2014

yes

yes

Submitted by walid on 12th Aug 2009

i want to pay tiket

i want to pay tiket

Submitted by jcaceres on 19th May 2009

i would like to pay a ticket

i would like to pay a ticket for an open container

where should i go to pay this ticket

Submitted by elosito on 6th May 2009

hello

hello

Submitted by ldingram on 1st Mar 2009

after you pay all your fines.

after you pay all your fines. how soon can you start driving again

Submitted by chicabonita4u08 on 27th Feb 2009

i would like to pay my

i would like to pay my tickets.

Submitted by paddiboy on 27th Dec 2011

i would like to pay my son's

i would like to pay my son's fines so he can get his license back i was told it could be done by credit card and taken out each month. i am his dad. he cannot get a better because he doesn't drive and makes really nothing now to pay back. please advise.

thank you.......grant

Submitted by yona on 26th Feb 2009

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???

Submitted by Anonymous on 6th Feb 2011

hi my name is magaly, i would

hi my name is magaly, i would like to now the date that i have court for a moving violation you think you can help me please.

Submitted by six1978 on 25th Feb 2009

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tiket

Submitted by nickynunever@ya... on 24th Feb 2009

no comment just need to know

no comment just need to know what i owe so i can pay