Lost Traffic Ticket in Arizona

SUMMARY: How to Find Lost Traffic Ticket Information

Certain courts in Arizona allow you to search online for details about your lost AZ traffic ticket. This applies to a red light ticket, a speeding ticket, a moving violation and a lost parking ticket. Be prepared to enter your last name or case number to find traffic ticket.

NOTE: For the most updated lost ticket information, contact the appropriate Arizona county court directly.

Read below to learn how to find information about your AZ traffic ticket violation.

Online Lost AZ Traffic Ticket Search

Some drivers can look up information about their lost AZ traffic tickets online using Arizona's Public Access to Court Information tool.

To use the Arizona traffic ticket lookup tool:

  • The court handling your traffic ticket must not be included on the list of unavailable courts. (Unfortunately, this list includes many city courts.)
  • You must be able to enter at least your last name or the case number.

NOTE: Even if you find your ticket case, you should check the information with a representative from your traffic court. The state regularly updates information on the website, and some ticket information is incomplete or outdated.

Contact the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division

The Arizona Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) can help you if you can't use the online ticket search tool and aren't sure which county or city you were ticketed in. You can contact the AZ MVD directly. As long as you can provide basic information such as your name and Arizona driver's license number, a representative can provide you with information related to your traffic citation.

Determine Where You Got Your Traffic Ticket

Setting aside the statewide online ticket search tool and AZ MVD options, your first step to replacing your lost Arizona traffic ticket is to determine where you were ticketed or cited for your traffic violation. Knowing where you received the traffic citation will help you determine which court (county or city) is responsible for handling your case.

NOTE: If you don't know the city or county in which you were ticketed, contact the Arizona MVD for assistance to help locate your lost ticket.

Visit the Arizona County Court Website

If you are sure of the city or county in which you were ticketed, you can contact that city or county court to begin retrieving your lost Arizona citation information.

Drivers who can't find ticket can find website information for most county (and some city) courts using the Arizona Courts Locator tool. Some websites include information on how to search for a lost AZ traffic ticket or obtain a replacement; others simply provide contact information so you can speak with a representative.

If you can't find the website or contact information for your county or city court, contact the AZ MVD for assistance.

Unless your court provides you with a tangible copy of the traffic ticket, make sure you obtain the following information from the website or representative:

  • The exact violation. If you plan on contesting the traffic ticket and hiring a traffic ticket attorney, it's a good idea to also find out the exact violation code.
  • The traffic ticket fine and any other fees for which your responsible.
  • The date by which you must respond to your AZ traffic ticket. Often, this is the hearing date.

Decide How You'll Plead For Your AZ Ticket

Arizona allows drivers to respond to traffic tickets by pleading:

  • "Guilty." Generally, this route requires either paying the AZ traffic ticket fine and dealing with any associated penalties (such as driving record points) or enrolling in a defensive driving course and having the ticket dismissed.
  • "Not guilty." You must go to court and fight your Arizona traffic ticket when you choose this option.

Learn more about these options at our Paying Your Traffic Ticket and Fighting Your Traffic Ticket sections.

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