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    SUMMARY: How to Pay a Georgia Traffic Ticket

    In Georgia, you may be able to pay your traffic ticket online, by phone, by mail, or in person (varies by court).

    For specific ticket payment information, refer to your GA traffic ticket or contact the appropriate traffic court directly.

    To learn how to pay your GA traffic ticket, keep reading this page.

    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 a driving course to offset points and get an auto insurance discount.

    Learn more below.

    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 »

    What It Means to Pay Your GA Traffic Ticket

    Pleading "guilty" or "nolo contendere" to your GA traffic ticket and paying the fine means you're admitting guilt or do not wish to contest the violation charges.

    Further considerations and penalties depend on your situation, such as the violation, your current driving record, and the court handling your traffic ticket.

    • You can commonly can pay your fine either online, by mail, or by telephone.
    • Whether you accumulate points depends on the traffic violation.
    • You can offset your driving record points by taking a sate-approved defensive driving course in Georgia.
    • You may pay higher auto insurance rates, but your provider might offer a discount for taking a driving course.

    NOTE:

    Your GA traffic ticket should have a date printed on it by which you must either plead "guilty" and pay, or appear in court. If you fail to respond or appear by this date, your GA driver's license will be suspended in lieu of issuing an arrest warrant.

    Pleading Guilty as a CDL Driver

    If you have a commercial driver's license (CDL), you can plead "guilty" and pay your GA traffic ticket fines like any other driver, but you must remember:

    • Notify your employer after receiving their traffic violation conviction.
    • Certain offenses result in more serious penalties than fines, points, and higher insurance rates.

    Learn more about CDL violations on our Traffic Ticket Fines and Penalties page.

    Plead Not Guilty in Georgia

    For some drivers, pleading guilty and paying their traffic ticket fines is the most convenient way to handle their citations; for others, it's not enough.

    You can schedule a hearing and fight your traffic ticket in court if you feel you were wrongly ticketed. Learn more at Fighting Your Traffic Ticket.

    Pay Your Georgia Traffic Ticket Online

    Neither the GA Department of Driver Services (DDS) nor the Georgia court system has a uniform online payment system in place for paying traffic tickets online; however, some individual counties do allow online payments.

    Check to see if your court allows drivers to pay traffic tickets online.

    Determine Where You Got Your Traffic Ticket

    Where you received your GA traffic ticket will determine to which court you'll pay your ticket fine. Check your ticket for this information; you'll probably even find a mailing or physical address for the traffic court.

    If you've lost or misplaced your traffic ticket, visit our Lost GA Traffic Tickets section.

    Visit the Proper Georgia Website

    Nearly every lower level court in Georgia handles traffic ticket cases. This includes:

    • Municipal courts.
    • Magistrate courts.
    • Probate courts.
    • Juvenile courts.
    • State courts.

    The court that handles your traffic ticket depends on where you received your ticket and the nature of your violation.

    Your citation should have the appropriate court name printed on it.

    Pay Your Traffic Ticket in GA

    If you're not able to pay online, you'll have to pay your traffic ticket fine directly to the court handling your violation.

    Most Georgia traffic tickets include information about accepted payment options and methods; however, if you don't have this information, you can contact your court.

    Since traffic courts vary on the payment options and methods they accept, be sure to ask whether:

    • You can pay your ticket by mail, by phone, or in person.
    • Personal checks, cashiers checks, money orders, credit cards, debit cards, and cash are accepted.

    Get Points Removed from Your Driving Record

    Georgia has a great point reduction system. You can take a state-approved defensive driving course, sometimes called a driver improvement course, to remove points from your GA driving record.

    NOTE: The GA DDS doesn't add all traffic violations onto drivers' records. Refer to our GA Point System page and the state's Reportable Violations List.

    Check Your Georgia Driving Record

    It's important to keep up with your driving record to make sure:

    • Only the applicable points were added after you pleaded "guilty" and paid your fine.
    • The appropriate number of points were removed after you completed a driver improvement course.

    Let us help you order your driving record today.

    Shop for Better Auto insurance Rates

    Traffic ticket violations on your GA driving record and higher auto insurance rates almost always go hand-in-hand.

    Talk with your provider about how your "guilty" plea will affect your rates the next time you renew your policy; if you find out you're facing a rate hike, consider comparing car insurance policy rates online to find a better deal.