Traffic Tickets in ColoradoPage Overview
Colorado Traffic Tickets
Receiving a traffic ticket is never a fun experience. In some circumstances, it can be confusing as to what your next step is and what implications the ticket has on your driving history, or even your car insurance. Continue reading to learn more about what to do when you receive a traffic ticket in Colorado.
Read your traffic ticket carefully. On it, you should find information about how to pay the fine, the total amount you must pay, and who to contact if you want to plead not guilty.
Lost Traffic Ticket
If you've lost your Colorado traffic ticket that was issued within the last 14 days, you can request a replacement from the Troop Office in the district you received the ticket.
If you received the traffic ticket more than 14 days ago, contact the CO Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) by calling (303) 205-5610 to request a copy.
NOTE: If your citation required you to make a court appearance, you must request a copy of your traffic ticket from the relevant Troop Office, not the CO DMV.
If you fail to pay your traffic ticket fine within the allowed time period of 20 days, you must make a court appearance as detailed on the ticket. Pay special attention to the date, time, and court location to make sure you don't miss your court date.
If you do miss your hearing, contact the county court you were supposed to appear at for your next steps.Pay Your Colorado Traffic Ticket Online
Many county courts within the State of Colorado 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 Colorado issuing court is not listed above, follow the instructions on below.
When it comes to assessing how many points an offense will cost you, there is no ambiguity. Colorado has a standard points system that assigns numerical values to offenses (see DMV Point System) with higher numbers equaling more severity.
Offenses carry penalties of up to 12 points. If the total collected within 12 months hits or surpasses 12 points, your CO driver's license will be automatically suspended for up to 1 year. Certain offenses like driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), evading a police officer, committing a hit and run, and speed racing will get you 12 points and warrant instant driver's license suspensions.
For more information about points associated with traffic tickets and CO driver's license suspensions, visit the following pages:
It's wise to order your Colorado driving record if you're unsure of how many points you currently have. For more information, visit our Driving Records in Colorado page.
In addition to the points accruing on your Colorado driving record and having to pay heavy fines, you could also see penalties in the form of big increases in your insurance premiums. Sometimes even one ticket is enough to raise the rates, and multiple infractions could even lead to your insurance company dropping you from its coverage.
You can't hide your violations from your insurance agent either. They have access to your driving record and will asses your premium based on your driving history.Other Topics in This Section