Pay Traffic Ticket in Hawaii

SUMMARY: How to Pay a Hawaii Traffic Ticket

In Hawaii, you can pay your traffic ticket online, by phone, by mail, and in person. For detailed payment instructions, check your HI traffic ticket or visit the Hawaii State Judiciary website.

NOTE: If more than 21 days have passed since receiving your HI traffic ticket, you CANNOT pay your ticket online.

To learn more about paying your Hawaii traffic ticket, continue reading this page.

Pay Ticket
(Plead Guilty)

  • Pay the fine.
  • Go to court (if your citation indicates).
  • Have the violation show up on your traffic abstract.
  • Potential for higher auto insurance rates.

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Fight Ticket
(Plead Not Guilty or Admit Litigated)

  • Contest the ticket during a hearing or in writing.
  • Admit guilt but explain your actions (if you choose this option).
  • Defend yourself or hire an attorney to represent you.
  • Potentially lose plea bargain options.
  • Pay only any applicable court cost and attorney fees if found not guilty.
  • Appeal the guilty verdict (if applicable).

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Fighting Your Traffic Ticket »

What It Means to Pay Your Hawaii Traffic Ticket

Paying your HI traffic ticket means admitting guilt, and when you choose this option:

  • You can usually pay your traffic ticket fine online and avoid a court appearance.
    • If it has been over 21 days since you were ticketed, you forfeit the ability to pay online.
    • If your citation indicates that you must appear in court, you also may not pay online.
  • The traffic violation will show up on your driving abstract (or driving history), which is available to potential employers and insurance agencies.
  • You might end up paying more for auto insurance the next time you renew your policy. This depends on your carrier, current policy, and driving history.

Note that if:

  • You're a teenager with a provisional license, you face a driver's license revocation for certain HI traffic violations.
  • You're charged with a “traffic crime" (as opposed to a “traffic infraction") you must appear in court. Generally this is printed on your HI traffic ticket.

Your HI traffic ticket should include a date by which you must respond to your ticket. Failing to meet this deadline puts you at risk for an arrest warrant and driver's license suspension or revocation. If your traffic ticket doesn't include this information, contact your district's Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB) or your district court.

Plead Guilty as a Hawaii CDL Driver

In Hawaii, CDL drivers can plead "guilty" and pay the same as other drivers, but you must also:

  • Notify your employer after receiving the traffic ticket, and possibly your local driver licensing office (if the ticket was received in another state).
  • Be aware that pleading "guilty," which is the same as admitting guilt or receiving a "guilty" verdict, can bring stiffer penalties than just a mark on your driving abstract and increased auto insurance.
Refer to our Traffic Ticket Fines and Penalties page for more details.

Plead Not Guilty or Explain Your Situation

Understand that you don't have to plead "guilty" and pay your ticket fine outright; if you believe you're innocent of the charge, or you know you're guilty but believe you committed the offense for a justifiable reason, you can make your case in court.

The officer who tickets you should provide an answer envelope with your traffic ticket. On this envelope, you'll find three options. Generally, the first option is for those drivers who want to plead "guilty" and pay; the second and third options are for drivers who want to contest their tickets or who admit guilt but want a chance to explain their actions.

Head over to our Fighting Your Traffic Ticket section to learn more.

Pay Your Hawaii Traffic Ticket Online

You can pay your HI traffic ticket online using the eTraffic Hawaii system, UNLESS you were ticketed over 21 days ago—in this case, you've missed the window to be able to pay online, and must handle your ticket at your district court. Similarly, if your citation is of a caliber that requires a court appearance, your ticket will say so.

Please read the requirements on the eTraffic Hawaii system page carefully as there are certain criteria you must meet in order to pay online.

If you have lost your Hawaii traffic citation, you can check our Lost HI Traffic Tickets page.

Determine Where You Got Your Traffic Ticket

You'll handle your HI traffic ticket with the district court for the area in which you received the traffic citation. Check your ticket for the name of your court.

Our Lost HI Traffic Tickets section can help you retrieve information from a missing traffic citation, but if you have your Hawaii ticket in hand and still can't find the details, contact the TVB.

Visit the Proper HI County Website

Once you know which district court is handling your ticket, you can visit the court's website.

Most of the websites offer a portal to pay the ticket online; if you still don't want to (or can't) do that, find the court's telephone number or physical address so you can speak with a clerk about other payment options.

Other Hawaii Traffic Ticket Payment Options

The officer who ticketed you should have given you an answer form or envelope. This document provides information about how to mail in your payment or make a payment by phone―providing both the exact mailing address and telephone number.

However, officers are human, too, and sometimes forget. If this happens, or if you've misplaced your envelope, you can contact your HI court for assistance.

When you speak with a court clerk in Hawaii, find out:

  • Whether you can pay your ticket in person, by mail, or by phone to that court directly, or if you need to use a central address or telephone number.
  • Which payment methods are acceptable for which payment option. For example, will the clerk accept a personal check? Which credit cards are accepted over the phone?

NOTE: Even if you're required to appear in court, these questions are beneficial; if you're found "guilty," you'll be required to pay your HI ticket fines.

Tickets & Your Hawaii Driving Record

Hawaii no longer implements a point system, but the state does keep tabs on your driving habits with what's called a driving abstract (or driving record). Everyone from auto insurance providers to potential employers can take a peek at these abstracts.

Refer to our Driving Records section to learn how to get a copy of yours.

Shop for Better Auto Insurance Rates

Sometimes, auto insurance companies penalize policyholders for committing traffic violations in Hawaii. Too many violations (or even one serious traffic violation) could cause a hike in your rates or knock you out of coverage altogether.

Protect yourself against a rate increase or lapse in coverage by comparing insurance quotes online.

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