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Lost Traffic Ticket in Hawaii

Losing your traffic ticket can lead to big trouble, especially if you can't find it before payment and/or court deadlines. Missing deadlines could possibly mean extra fines, and could even lead to the suspension of your driver's license.

Keep reading to learn how you can search for a Hawaii traffic ticket you may have lost.

If you have lost your Hawaii traffic ticket, you will need to contact HI Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB) at (808) 538-5500 and ask them to locate your lost ticket. Be prepared to provide your name and driver's license number.

There is no way to search for your traffic ticket online unless you happen to have your citation number. If you do have the citation number, you can find the details about your ticket on the Hawaii court's website. Here you will be able to pay your traffic ticket fine, if you choose.

NOTE: It can take 13 days or longer after getting your traffic ticket before it is entered into the court's system.

Important Traffic Ticket Information

Once you are able to get a hold of the TVB, gather the following information about your HI traffic ticket:

  • Your date or deadline for:
    • Appearing in court (if applicable). Also ask about the court location and your hearing's date and time.
    • Pleading to and/or paying your traffic ticket.
  • Exact citation details, including the traffic ticket number.
    • You'll need this information if you plan to—and are eligible to—simply plead “guilty" and pay your ticket online, by mail, or by phone.
    • You'll also need this information if you want to enter a plea of “not guilty"—especially if you send your plea by mail—so you can challenge your ticket in court.
  • Your payment options.
    • These can depend on your court and your specific violation.

Enter Your HI Traffic Ticket Plea

You have a handful of options when it comes to handling your traffic ticket in Hawaii. These options include pleading:

  • "Guilty." If you plead "guilty," it means you're admitting you're responsible for the traffic infraction or crime, and either must pay your HI ticket fine outright or appear in court (when required).
  • "Not guilty." Drivers who plead "not guilty" typically contest their Hawaii traffic tickets in court or by mail.
  • "Admit Litigated." This means you know and admit you're guilty, but feel you have a justifiable reason for committing the traffic offense and would like to plead that in court.

You can get much more specific information about handling your traffic ticket by visiting our guides to Paying Your HI Traffic Ticket and Fighting Your HI Traffic Ticket.

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