Pay Traffic Ticket in FloridaPage OverviewSUMMARY: How to Pay a Florida Traffic TicketContinue reading this page to learn how to pay your traffic ticket in Florida.
Depending on your traffic violation, you may be able to pay your FL traffic ticket fine online, by mail, by phone, or in person.
Refer to your traffic ticket or contact the Florida traffic court handling your case for more details.
(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.
(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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Fighting Your Traffic Ticket »
Paying your FL traffic ticket means you admit you're "guilty," or you're willing to plead "no contest" or "nolo contendere."
Choosing this option means:
- You might get the option to plead to a lesser offense; you'll likely have to make a court appearance for this option.
- You can avoid a trip and pay your traffic ticket online via the county's website.
- Depending on your FL traffic violation, you can enroll in and complete a state-approved Basic Driver Improvement Course to avoid driving record points. (Our vehicle code and point system pages provide further details.)
- The same Basic Driver Improvement Course can prevent your auto insurance company from increasing your rates.
Florida handles traffic tickets on a county basis, which means you'll pay your fine at the county traffic court. Some traffic courts allow online payment with a credit card.
You have 30 days to respond to your traffic ticket.
If your FL traffic ticket doesn't state how many days you have to respond, contact the court in the county you received the ticket.
Plead Guilty as a CDL Driver
If you have a commercial driver's license (CDL), you will handle a FL traffic ticket much the same way other drivers do; however:
- You must inform your employer after receiving a traffic violation conviction.
- You must inform the FL Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) after being convicted of a traffic violation in another state.
- You won't be eligible to complete a Basic Driver Improvement Course to avoid driving record points.
For more information related to FL CDL holders, consult the Florida CDL Handbook.
Plead Not Guilty in Florida
If you don't want to plead "guilty," "no contest," or "nolo contendere," you can fight the traffic ticket in court.
Generally, contesting a traffic ticket means you surrender any possibility that the judge might allow you to plead to a lesser offense. Sometimes, fighting a traffic ticket means incurring additional court costs and lawyer fees, too.
Check our section on Fighting Your FL Traffic Ticket for complete details.
Depending on the FL county where you received the traffic citation, you may be able to pay your FL ticket online. Check the county's traffic court website to find out.
Your FL traffic ticket will include information about which county you were ticketed in; if you lost your ticket, check out our page on Lost FL Traffic Tickets.
If paying your traffic ticket online is an option for you, you can skip down to our sections on points and insurance to learn about how it will affect your driving record points and car insurance rates―and what you can do about it.
Check Florida's Clerks of Court website for complete contact information―including website addresses―for the traffic court handling your case.
From there, you can visit the FL traffic court's website for information about paying a traffic ticket, or call the court directly.
Some Florida counties allow you to pay your FL traffic ticket online; others require payment in person, by mail, or over the phone.
When you visit your traffic court's website or contact the court directly, be sure to find out:
- Payment methods applicable to you (online, over the phone, in person, or by mail), as well as modes of payment (credit cards, money orders, personal checks, and cash).
- Whether the Basic Driver Improvement Course is an option for you, and if you can enroll via your traffic court.
Traffic ticket convictions result in points on your Florida driving record; however, under most circumstances, you may be able to enroll in a state-approved Basic Driver Improvement Course to reduce or avoid this, which can help you avoid a driver's license suspension or revocation.
NOTE: If you want to use the Basic Driver Improvement Course option, you must notify the court within 30 days of receiving the traffic ticket, but prior to actually attending the course. Also, you must pay an election fee to that Florida county.
Check Your Florida Driving Record
Driving record points can negatively affect you in ways varying from knocking you out of certain jobs to putting you at risk of a suspended driver's license.
Whether you plead "guilty" and accept the points or complete a Basic Driver Improvement Course to reduce or avoid them, always check your Florida driving record to make sure it accurately reflects the points you should or shouldn't have.
Learn more on our page about the FL Point System.
Shop for Better Auto Insurance Rates
Usually, traffic tickets are associated with increased auto insurance rates; however, if you complete a Basic Driver Improvement Course, you can avoid such increases.
Still, because it depends on factors like the nature of your traffic violation, the course isn't always an option. If you're unable to or ineligible to complete this course, comparing insurance quotes online is imperative to keeping your rates affordable.
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