Lost Traffic Ticket in FloridaPage Overview
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 careers. Sometimes, information about a traffic ticket will appear.
Before you start the hunt on foot (or even by phone), visit the Online Driver’s License Check , enter your driver’s license number, and follow the instructions to find out about traffic tickets.
Note that if you don’t find any information about a traffic ticket, that doesn’t mean you don’t have one; it simply means that your ticket is, for whatever reason, not in that online system. Move on to the following steps to locate your lost traffic ticket.
Florida deals with traffic tickets 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. Florida provides a complete list of all its Clerks of Court, including contact information and Web addresses.
Use that contact information to inquire about your county’s process for replacing a lost 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 replacement options.
For example, you might opt to receive a copy in the mail, pick up a copy in person, or go ahead and handle the ticket requirements (such as payment of fines and fees).
Florida allows you to plead in one of three ways:
You must pay the ticket fine and any associated court and attorney fees if you choose to plead guilty or no contest, and you might be able to do that from your county’s Clerk of Court website, or over the phone or through mail. Find the details in our paying your traffic ticket section.
Fighting your ticket requires an entirely different set of steps. Learn more at our section on fighting your FL traffic ticket.
(Plead Guilty or No Contest)
- Pay the fine.
- Incur points on your driving record (which could lead to license suspension or revocation).
- Experience an increase in auto insurance rates.
- If applicable, enroll and complete a Basic Driver Improvement Course to avoid points and an insurance increase.
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(Plead Not Guilty)
- Contest the ticket during a hearing.
- Hire an attorney or represent yourself during the hearing. (Either option will require some prep time.)
- Forfeit the possibility of a plea bargain or incurring lesser charges.
- Suffer no penalties if found not guilty (except any applicable court/attorney fees).
- Appeal the guilty verdict (if applicable).
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