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    SUMMARY: How to Pay an Alabama Traffic Ticket

    Depending on where you received your traffic ticket, you may be able to pay your ticket fine online, by phone, by mail, or in person.

    For specific instructions on payment methods and deadlines, look on your AL traffic ticket or contact the appropriate AL traffic court.

    Keep reading this page to learn how to pay your Alabama traffic ticket.

    Pay Your AL Traffic Ticket

    Pay Ticket
    (Plead Guilty or No Contest)

    • Pay the fine.
    • Accumulate points on your driving record (which could lead to license suspension or revocation).
    • Pay higher auto insurance rates after your next renewal.
    • Potentially enroll in driving school to have the ticket dismissed.

    Fight Ticket
    (Plead Not Guilty)

    • Schedule a hearing to plead your case.
    • Represent yourself or hire a traffic ticket lawyer.
    • Give up any possibilities of pleading to lesser charges/penalties.
    • Experience no fines/penalties if found not guilty, except for related court costs and attorney fees.
    • Appeal the guilty verdict (if applicable).

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    What It Means to Pay Your AL Traffic Ticket

    In Alabama, pleading "guilty" means paying your traffic ticket fine and any related court costs and fees, as well as accepting any applicable penalties.

    When you plead "guilty":

    • You can pay your AL ticket fine online or by mail, unless your traffic ticket states you must make a court appearance.
    • Your judge might allow you to plead to a lesser offense with lesser penalties.
    • Your judge might allow you to enroll in driving school to get the traffic ticket dismissed.
    • You'll incur points on your AL driving record which, depending on the violation and your current driving record, could lead to driver's license suspension or revocation. (Our sections on Alabama's vehicle code and point system provide further details.)
    • You could experience an increase in auto insurance rates.

    Alabama handles traffic tickets on a county basis, which means you'll pay online via your county's online payment system (see below), by mail using the address and payment method provided on your ticket, or in person at the AL traffic court address listed on your traffic ticket.

    NOTE: If you're in the AL graduated driver's licensing (GDL) program, you will follow basically the same procedures; however, you face different penalties to older drivers, depending on the violation. Learn more by reading our Ticket Fines & Penalties section.

    You must respond to your Alabama traffic ticket either by paying the fine before the hearing date printed on your ticket OR by appearing in traffic court on your hearing date. If you fail to do either of these, a warrant will be issued for your arrest and your AL driver's license could be suspended.

    Most AL traffic tickets include a hearing date, but if yours doesn't, contact your traffic court handling your case.

    Plead Guilty as an Alabama CDL Driver

    Overall, CDL holders plead "guilty" and pay their fines, or plead "not guilty" and fight their tickets, in much the same way other drivers do; however, CDL holders must notify their employers after receiving a traffic ticket, and any CDL holder who receives an out-of-state citation must notify the Alabama Department of Public Safety (DPS), too.

    Also, CDL holders face harsher penalties than regular drivers. For example, some offenses for certain violations bring lifetime CDL revocations.

    For more information refer to the Alabama Commercial Driver License Handbook.

    Fight Your Traffic Ticket

    Note that you don't have to plead "guilty" if you think you're innocent; you can plead "not guilty" and fight your traffic ticket in court. This is just one reason most AL traffic tickets already include hearing dates.

    To learn more about contesting your Alabama traffic ticket―including how to prepare for court and why a traffic ticket attorney can benefit you―visit Fighting Your Traffic Ticket.

    Pay Your Alabama Traffic Ticket Online

    Through the Alabama Traffic Service Center (ATSC) and the Alabama Judicial System's Alapay, Alabama has a statewide system in place for you to pay your traffic tickets online. Simply visit the center, find the county in which you were ticketed, and follow the instructions for paying online.

    NOTE: You will have to pay a convenience fee for paying online through the ATSC. Also, you'll need your AL traffic ticket so you can enter required information, such as your citation number. Check our section on lost AL traffic tickets if you've misplaced your traffic ticket.

    Determine Where You Got Your Traffic Ticket

    Your traffic ticket should have the Alabama county name printed on it; at the very least, it will include a phone number for more information. Either visit the county website or call the number on the ticket.

    If you've misplaced your traffic ticket, visit our lost AL traffic tickets page to learn what to do next.

    Visit the Proper AL County Website

    Each county has its own traffic ticket-related section on the Alabama Traffic Service Center website. Choose your Alabama county, and then select the option from the menu that best describes your needs (the option to pay online, or the option that describes the various payment methods).

    Remember, if you're required to appear in court, the only payment option available to you is paying your traffic ticket in person.

    Pay Your Traffic Ticket

    If you can't pay your AL traffic ticket online (see above), you might pay in person, by mail, or by phone. In Alabama, payment methods vary (for example, most counties allow money orders and cashier's checks; not all accept credit cards), so be sure to check your AL ticket for payment information and contact your traffic court before heading out or preparing your mail-in payment.

    Driving School and Ticket Dismissal in Alabama

    Many drivers are allowed to enroll in a state-approved driving school for ticket dismissal. To request this option, you must appear in court on the date printed on your AL traffic ticket or the date you're given when you contact your court. Refer to our Ticket Dismissal section for more information.

    Check Your AL Driving Record

    Regardless of your eventual procedure (e.g., pleading "guilty" and paying the fine, or enrolling in driving school and having the ticket dismissed), be sure to check your driving record to make sure:

    • You didn't accumulate any more points than you were supposed to.
    • Your traffic violation really was dismissed and doesn't show on your record.

    Shop for Better Auto Insurance Rates

    Generally, if you're given the chance to enroll in an Alabama driving school to have your traffic ticket dismissed, you won't experience an increase in auto insurance rates. However, if you plead "guilty" and pay your fine without completing driving school, you might end up paying higher premiums the next time you renew your policy (due to the increase in your driving record points).

    If you're facing a higher insurance premium, comparing quotes online is the first step to finding more affordable rates.

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