Lost Traffic Ticket in Iowa

SUMMARY: How to Find Lost Iowa Traffic Ticket Information

If you've lost your IA traffic ticket, you can search online for your ticket information OR contact the appropriate traffic court directly.

You can also submit a written request to obtain a copy of your Iowa traffic ticket. The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) website has more details.

Keep reading to learn more about lost Iowa traffic tickets. These tickets involve moving violations and include a red light ticket, a speeding ticket, and anything else involving a traffic citation. The following may also apply to a lost parking ticket, but be sure to check with your court.

If you lost your ticket in Iowa, there are two ways you can search for your lost traffic ticket online.

First, you can use the Iowa Courts Online Search. With this option, you can get by with some basic personal information.

If that doesn't work, you can use the Iowa Courts Online Payment Search. It's the same website drivers can use to pay their IA traffic tickets online. As long as you can enter your first and last name, you don't need to know your citation number―but you must know the county in which you received the traffic ticket.

Contact the Iowa Office of Driver Services

The Iowa Office of Driver Services (ODS) will send you a tangible copy of your traffic ticket for $.50.

Just write a request and mail it, along with your IA driver's license number and a check or money order for $.50 to:

Office of Driver Services
Iowa Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 9204
Des Moines, IA 50306

NOTE: Make your check or money order payable to “Treasurer, State of Iowa."

Contact Your Iowa Clerk of Court

If you can remember the IA county in which you received your traffic ticket or committed your traffic violation, your county clerk's office can provide you with anything you need to know about your lost traffic ticket. Just contact your clerk, state that you need to retrieve lost ticket information, and provide the office with your name (and possibly your date of birth and IA driver's license number).

Because your traffic citation holds some pretty important information, be sure to ask about:

  • The traffic ticket fine.
  • The date by which you must pay or appear in traffic court.
  • Whether you citation is “scheduled" or “non-scheduled." If you have a “non-scheduled" citation, it means you must appear in court.

Decide How You'll Plead to Your Iowa Ticket

Once you get information about your lost traffic ticket, you can plead to your IA traffic ticket in one of the following ways.

  • Guilty.
  • No contest.
  • Not guilty.

Pleading "guilty" or "no contest" produces the same results: You'll pay your Iowa ticket fine, deal with any related consequences (such as having the violation on your IA driving record), and possibly see an increase in auto insurance rates.

Pleading "not guilty" means you'll plead your case in court and, if found "not guilty," won't have to pay the ticket fine or deal with any penalties.

Check out Paying Your IA Traffic Ticket and Fighting Your IA Traffic Ticket for more details.

Pay Ticket
(Plead Guilty or No Contest)

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Fight Ticket
(Plead Not Guilty)

  • Contest the ticket during a hearing.
  • Seek legal counsel or prepare and present the case yourself.
  • Have no penalties if found not guilty (except any applicable court/attorney fees).
  • Possibly have to attend driver improvement school.
  • Appeal the guilty verdict (if applicable).

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Fighting Your Traffic Ticket »

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