Lost Traffic Ticket in Florida
If you've lost your FL traffic ticket, you'll need the citation number and information about the ticket fine and deadline to satisfy the citation. Depending on the county where you received your traffic ticket, you may be able to search for this information online using the citation number or by contacting the appropriate county court for more details.
Continue reading for information on lost traffic tickets in Florida. The information you'll find below is relevant to moving violations in the form of a speeding ticket, red light ticket, and any other traffic citation. It may also cover a lost parking ticket; however, it's important to check with your local traffic court for clarification.
When searching for a lost ticket in FL, you can't just pick up the phone and call the DHSMV. Florida provides an Online Driver's License Check that provides drivers with varying types of information about (or the opportunity to change information about) their driving histories. Sometimes, information about a FL traffic violation will appear.
Before you start the hunt on foot (or even by phone):
- Visit the Online Driver's License Check.
- Enter your FL driver's license number.
- Follow the instructions to find out about your Florida traffic citation.
Note that if you don't find any information about a FL traffic ticket, that doesn't mean you don't have one; it simply means that your traffic ticket is, for whatever reason, not in that online ticket search system. Move on to the following steps to locate your lost traffic ticket.
Florida deals with traffic violations on a county level, which means you'll need to deal with the County Clerk of Court in the county in which you were ticketed.
Once you know which county you were in, visit that county's website where you committed your traffic violation. Florida provides a complete list of all its Clerks of Court, including contact information and website addresses.
Use that contact information to inquire about your county's process for replacing a lost FL traffic ticket. Typically, all you'll need to do is provide the clerk with some basic information (including, but not limited to, your name and driver's license number) and the clerk will provide you with citation replacement options.
For example, you might opt to receive a copy in the mail, pick up a copy of your traffic ticket in person, or go ahead and handle the ticket requirements (such as payment of ticket fines and fees).
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