Traffic Tickets in AlabamaPage Overview
Alabama Traffic Tickets
Receiving a traffic ticket can be a stressful time, especially if you're unsure of your rights or options. Depending on your specific situation, you may be able to contest the ticket, if you feel like you didn't do anything wrong. Knowing when you need to pay your fine by and/or appear in court is very important as failure to do so can result in even heavier charges.
It's your first traffic ticket. You've heard all sorts of horror stories. Relax. Help has arrived!
At the bottom of the citation the officer has given you, there is an "action due date." This is your court appearance date. You have several options before this date. Some of your choices don't even require you to go to court.
Your local Alabama traffic court will have your ticket ready for processing. Be patient, it takes time for the ticket to be processed. Once it has been processed, but before your appearance date, you can do one of the following:
- Plead guilty by paying the fines and fees.
- Plead not guilty and request a trial date before a traffic court judge.
In certain cases, you may also be eligible to complete an approved defensive driving course to dismiss your traffic ticket. For more information, visit our Defensive Driving in Alabama page.Pay Your Alabama Traffic Ticket Online
Many county courts within the State of Alabama will allow you to pay your traffic ticket instantly online. Select the court which issued your traffic ticket below and skip a trip to the traffic court.
If the Alabama issuing court is not listed above, follow the instructions on below.
If you choose to plead guilty, you can pay all violation charges and fees online, by phone, by mail, or in person. (This may vary depending on your county.)
Remember, whichever option you choose, make sure you pay the fine before your court appearance date.
The amount you'll need to pay will depend on the severity and type of violation you committed. Make sure you read your traffic ticket properly and thoroughly to make sure you make all payments correctly and on time, otherwise you may incur additional fines.
For more information, visit the Alabama Traffic Service Center website.
If you choose to plead not guilty and request a trial date, you will do this on your first appearance date. If you need to change the date of your court appearance, you can do so before the appearance date by contacting the relevant court clerk's office in person or by phone.
NOTE: If you receive a speeding ticket in a construction zone and workers are present, you must appear in court.
Alabama, like other states, assigns points to traffic violations. Those points will be put on your driving record. Points can raise your auto insurance rates or cause your driver's license to be suspended or revoked. Some common violations and their associated points are as follows:
- Speeding (1 to 25 MPH over the posted speed limit): 2 points.
- Reckless driving: 6 points.
- Failure to follow traffic device (such as a stop sign or traffic light): 3 points.
- Unsafe operation: 2 points.
To learn more, please review our DMV Point System in Alabama page.
NOTE: Accumulating too many driving record points can lead to a driver's license suspension. For more information, visit our Suspended License in Alabama page.Other Topics in This Section