Pay Traffic Ticket in DelawarePage Overview
(Choose Voluntary Assessment)
- Pay the fine.
- Accumulate driving record points.
- Use defensive driving course to offset driving record points and get an auto insurance discount.
Learn more below
(Plead Not Guilty)
- Contest the ticket during a hearing.
- Hire a traffic ticket lawyer or represent yourself.
- Participate in the Probation Before Judgment Program (if eligible).
- Possibly forfeit the opportunity to avoid points.
- Face no penalties if found not guilty.
- Appeal the guilty verdict (if applicable).
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Most states call this a “guilty plea,” but Delaware calls it the “voluntary assessment” option.
If you use this option you may be able to:
- Pay your traffic ticket fine without stepping foot in a court.
- Avoid accumulating driving record points.
- Use a state-approved defensive driving course for point reduction.
- Enroll in a defensive driving course to get a discount on your auto insurance rates (which will likely increase due to the violation).
Regardless of how you choose to plead, you must appear in court if:
- You’re a minor.
- Your citation states a court appearance is mandatory.
Failure to respond to the traffic ticket by the date printed on your citation, you face an arrest warrant and license suspension. Usually, this date is within 30 days of receiving the traffic citation, but it can vary by court.
Voluntary Assessment as a DE CDL Driver
Using the voluntary assessment option is the same as admitting guilt; as such, CDL drivers who use it will face the same strict penalties they’d face if they fought the ticket in court and lost. Depending on the violation, these penalties can have severe and negative impacts on the drivers’ livelihoods.
Learn more at Traffic Ticket Fines and Penalties.
NOTE: CDL drivers must notify their employers after receiving traffic tickets, no matter how they choose to plead.
Plead Not Guilty
Just because using the voluntary assessment option is convenient doesn’t mean it’s the best option for you. You can request a hearing and fight your ticket in court.
Learn more at Fighting Your Traffic Ticket.
The Delaware Criminal Justice Information System (DELJIS) provides an ePayment tool for drivers who want to use the voluntary assessment option and pay their citations online.
Aside from having an acceptable form of payment (a major credit card or check), there are only two requirements for using the program:
- The court handling your traffic ticket is a participating court.
- You have your citation number. (If you’ve misplaced your ticket, our section on Lost DE Traffic Tickets can help you find this information).
Eligible? Head on over to the ePayment system.
Basically, there are three types of courts that handle traffic citations in Delaware:
- Alderman’s Courts.
- Courts of Common Pleas.
- Justice of the Peace Courts.
The court handling your ticket depends on where you got your ticket. Your ticket should include this information, but if it doesn’t―or you’ve misplaced your ticket―contact the Voluntary Assessment Center at (302) 739-6911.
The Delaware State Courts website provides an online court directory. You can use this directory to locate your court by county or court type, as well as find office hours and contact information.
For drivers who can’t use the ePayment system, Delaware courts allow drivers to pay traffic tickets by mail, by phone, or in person.
These options might vary by court; for example, they are all options if you’re going through a Justice of the Peace Court, but they might not all be options if you’re going through a smaller Alderman’s Court.
Generally, traffic citations (including civil red light violations) outline this information, providing the appropriate mailing and physical address, and phone numbers; however, you can the basic information below.
Pay by Mail
Using a personal check, money order, or credit card (you fill in the credit card information on the ticket), you can mail your payment along with a copy of the citation to the Voluntary Assessment Center at:
State of Delaware - Voluntary Assessment Center
P.O. Box 7039
Dover, DE 19903
Pay by Phone
You can use a credit card to pay by phone. Call the Voluntary Assessment Center at (302) 739-6911..
Pay in Person
To pay in person, you must visit your court.
You won’t receive driving record points if your violation was:
- Speeding up to 14 miles over the limit.
- Part of the Electronic Red Light Safety Program.
If your DE traffic ticket was for speeding up to 14 points over the limit and you use the voluntary assessment option, you won’t incur points; otherwise, you can enroll in one of the state’s approved defensive driving courses to either remove three points from your record or offset up to three points associated with the citation.
NOTE: You won't receive points for speeding tickets for up to 14 miles over the speed limit if you choose the voluntary assessment option.
Check Your Driving Record
Be sure to check your driving record after:
- You pay your fine. You want to make sure only the applicable number of points are added to your driving record.
- You complete a defensive driving course. You want to make sure three points were removed from, or credited to, your driving record.
Many auto insurance companies increase policyholders’ rates when they receive traffic convictions; fortunately, DE drivers can enroll in defensive driving courses to get a discount on their car insurance rates.
For some drivers, this discount might not offset the violation-related increase. Those drivers can begin comparing insurance quotes online to find lower car insurance rates.
NOTE: Violations under the Electronic Red Light Safety Program to not impact auto insurance rates.Other Topics in This Section