Lost Traffic Ticket in Georgia

SUMMARY: How to Find Lost Georgia Traffic Ticket Information

Traffic tickets in Georgia are not handled through the DDS; rather, they are handled through your county court. Currently, you cannot search for a lost GA traffic ticket online. After losing your traffic ticket, you'll need to contact the traffic court handling your case. The clerk can provide specific instructions on fighting your violation or paying the ticket fine. These lost ticket rules apply to speeding tickets, red light tickets, and possibly a lost parking ticket, but check with your local court to make sure.

Continue reading this page for information on lost traffic tickets in Georgia.

NOTE: Georgia doesn't offer an online traffic ticket search.

In order to find a lost traffic ticket, it's important to remember where you received your GA traffic citation, because only the court handling the ticket can perform the search. The Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) doesn't have the ability to search for lost traffic tickets. Even narrowing the location down to a county or two can help you during your search.

Different courts handle Georgia traffic tickets. They include municipal, magistrate, probate, juvenile, and state courts.

Some tips to remember when narrowing down the location and court include:

  • You won't go through a juvenile court unless you're a juvenile.
  • Georgia has more municipal courts than they have any other type of court, and these traffic courts handle most traffic tickets.
  • State courts typically (but not always) handle traffic ticket appeals in Georgia.

Visit the GA County Court Website

Once you know (or at least have an idea of) which court is handling your GA traffic ticket, you can visit the court's website to obtain contact information. Call or visit the court in person to retrieve your lost traffic ticket information―you probably won't have to provide more than your name and GA driver's license number.

Because traffic tickets include a lot of important information, be sure to ask specifically about:

  • Traffic ticket violation fines and court costs.
  • The hearing date, or date by which you must respond to your GA traffic ticket.
  • Whether a court appearance is mandatory, per your traffic violation.
  • Acceptable payment options and methods.

Decide How You'll Plead to Your GA Ticket

Drivers accused of a moving violation can plead to GA traffic tickets in one of two ways:

  • "Guilty" or "nolo contendere."
  • "Not guilty."

Unless the traffic violation involves a serious crime or pushes your points over the limit to license suspension, pleading "guilty" or "nolo contendere" usually means paying the traffic ticket fine and closing the case; however, if you plead "not guilty," you have to fight your Georgia traffic ticket in court.

Find out details about each option in our Paying Your Traffic Ticket and Fighting Your Traffic Ticket sections.

Pay Ticket
(Plead Guilty or Nolo Contendere)

  • Pay the fine.
  • Accumulate driving record points (if applicable).
  • Possibly experience higher auto insurance rates.
  • Possibly attend court-ordered safety and education courses.
  • Voluntarily attend driving course to offset points and get an auto insurance discount.

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Paying Your Traffic Ticket »

Fight Ticket
(Plead Not Guilty)

  • Contest the ticket during a hearing.
  • Work with a traffic ticket lawyer or represent yourself.
  • Face no penalties if found not guilty.
  • Appeal the guilty verdict (if applicable).

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Fighting Your Traffic Ticket »

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