Pay Traffic Ticket in Colorado
NOTE: You must pay your traffic ticket within 20 days of receiving it.
Depending on the court handling your case, you may be able to pay your traffic ticket online, by phone, by mail, or in person. For specific instructions, refer to your CO traffic ticket or contact the appropriate traffic court.
This page has instructions on how to pay your traffic ticket you received in Colorado.
(Plead Guilty or No Contest)
- Pay the fine.
- Option to plea bargain penalties.
- Receive points on your driving record (could lead to license suspension/revocation).
- Incur possible jump in auto insurance rates.
(Plead Not Guilty)
- Challenge traffic ticket in court.
- Represent yourself or hire an attorney.
- Possibly lose option to plea bargain for lesser penalties.
- Have charges dismissed if found not guilty, but still pay court and attorney fees.
- Possibly be charged guilty and pay ticket fine, court and lawyer fees.
In Colorado, paying your traffic ticket is an admission of guilt and an agreement to waive your right to appear in court to fight the charge.
Depending on the severity of your traffic violation, admitting guilt in the form of a payment means you have been convicted. Upon conviction, the court notifies the CO Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV), which means:
- You may be assessed points on your driving record; read more on our Points System page.
- You may see an increase in your car insurance premiums.
- Possible loss of driving privileges due to an excessive number of points on your driving record.
- Possible loss of job, if maintaining a clean CO driving record is a job requirement.
Be sure to read both sides of your Colorado traffic ticket. On it, you will find your court date, court location, and fine amount. If you decide to pay without fighting the ticket, you must submit payment to the CO DMV.
You may be required to appear in court. This should be clearly noted on your citation. If you're unclear about this, contact the court listed on your traffic ticket for clarification.
Depending on your county, you may have the option to pay your traffic ticket online. If that's the case be sure you check out the last two sections on this page. They cover info on checking your Colorado driving record and saving money on your auto insurance.
If you're convicted of a CO traffic violation (parking tickets excluded) while holding a commercial driver's license (CDL), you must, by law, notify your employer. This applies to all vehicles, including your own personal car.
Pleading Not Guilty in Colorado
You always have the right to plead "not guilty" and challenge your traffic ticket in court. A strong defense could lead to the dismissal of some or all of the charges. Learn more by reading our Fighting Your Traffic Ticket page.
Traffic tickets in Colorado are handled by county and municipality. So, if you're ticketed in Clear Creek county, you must settle the ticket with Clear Creek county, even if you reside elsewhere in the state. The court contact information will be posted on your CO traffic citation.
If you can't find your traffic ticket and don't remember in which county or town you were ticketed, find help on our Lost Traffic Ticket page or scroll down to the next section.
If you're unclear about the fine or court date posted on your ticket, visit the county's website. You'll find, at the very least, contact numbers to call to help with your questions. Since each county handles ticket procedures differently, be sure to visit the website for the county you were ticketed.
In Colorado, ticket payment options vary by county. You'll need to pay your ticket within 20 days or risk further penalties.
Most of the information that you'll need to pay your CO traffic ticket fine will be detailed on the citation. If you need more information, visit the county's website.
Depending on the county, you may have some or all of the following payment options:
- By mail.
- In person.
- By phone.
Colorado does not offer a point-removal option. However, completing a driver improvement course will help refresh you on CO traffic laws that could prevent you from getting pulled over again. The other benefit is an auto insurance discount.
Check Your CO Driving Record
Periodically monitor your driving record for accuracy. This is especially important after receiving a CO traffic ticket. Wrongly added points could adversely affect your car insurance rates. For more information on traffic violations and points, please visit our page about Colorado's point system.
Shop for Better Auto Insurance Rates
After paying your traffic ticket fine and examining your CO driving record, contact your auto insurance company about any possible rate hikes. Should your premiums jump when it comes time to renew, consider comparing auto insurance rates online.