Lost Traffic Ticket in ArizonaPage Overview
Some drivers can look up information about their lost traffic tickets online using Arizona’s Public Access to Court Information tool.
To use this tool:
- The court handling your 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 case, you should check the information with a representative from your court. The state regularly updates information on the website, and some information is incomplete or outdated.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 search tool and aren’t sure which county or city you were ticketed in (in order to use the below steps). You can contact the MVD directly. As long as you can provide basic information such as your name and driver’s license number, a representative can provide you with information related to your traffic citation.
Setting aside the statewide online search tool and MVD options, your first step to replacing your lost traffic ticket is to determine where you were ticketed. Knowing where you received the 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 MVD for assistance.
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 citation information.
Drivers 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 traffic 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 MVD for assistance.
Unless your court provides you with a tangible copy of the citation, make sure you obtain the following information from the website or representative:
- The exact violation. If you plan on contesting the 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 the ticket. Often, this is the hearing date.
Arizona allows drivers to respond to traffic tickets by pleading:
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- Guilty. Generally, this route requires either paying the fine and dealing with any associated penalties (such as driving record points) or enrolling in a Defensive Driving Program course and having the ticket dismissed.
- Not guilty. You must go to court and fight your ticket when you choose this option.