Pay Traffic Ticket in IdahoPage OverviewSUMMARY: How to Pay an Idaho Traffic Ticket
If you were ticketed for a traffic violation, you may be able to pay your traffic ticket fines online, by mail, by phone, by drop box, or in person.
For complete payment instructions, refer to your ID traffic ticket or contact the appropriate court directly.
To learn more about paying your traffic ticket you received in Idaho, keep reading this page.
- Pay the fine.
- Accumulate points on your driving record (could put you at risk for license suspension.
- Possibly pay higher auto insurance rates.
- If eligible, take a defensive driving course for existing point reduction and possible insurance discount.
Learn more below.
(Plead Not Guilty)
- Fight the ticket in court, perhaps with legal help from a traffic ticket attorney.
- Potentially lose the option to plead to lesser charges with lesser penalties.
- Receive no penalties (except for any applicable court costs/attorney fees) if found not guilty.
- Appeal the guilty verdict (if applicable).
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Fighting Your Traffic Ticket »
Paying your ID traffic ticket means admitting guilt―admitting you committed the traffic violation or offense for which the officer ticketed you.
It also means:
- Paying all applicable court costs and attorney fees (should you hire a traffic ticket lawyer).
- Potentially pleading to a lesser offense with lesser penalties. Generally, you must appear in court for this.
- Possibly avoiding court altogether by paying online, over the phone, or by mail.
- Accumulating points on your Idaho driving record, putting you at risk for a driver's license suspension.
- Potentially experiencing an increase in auto insurance rates.
Note that if:
- You're a minor, a first traffic violation conviction won't affect you much more than a warning letter and payment of fines and court costs; second and subsequent convictions, however, can result in a driver's license suspension. Refer to our Traffic Ticket Fines and Penalties section for more information.
- You're cited for a misdemeanor, the way in which the court handles it will vary slightly from how it would handle a typical traffic infraction. Check the Idaho Misdemeanor Criminal Rules.
Check your traffic ticket for the date by which you must respond or appear in court. Failing to respond to the ticket within the allotted amount of time or show up for your hearing date puts you at risk for license suspension. In some cases, it means jail time or community service until you pay the traffic ticket and court costs.
Plead Guilty as a CDL Driver
Overall, commercial drivers can plead "guilty" and pay, or plead "not guilty" and fight, the same way other drivers can; however, you must also remember:
- You're required to notify your employer after receiving a traffic citation; if you received the citation in another state or jurisdiction, you must also notify the Idaho Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
- If you plead "guilty" or are found "guilty," you could face much more serious penalties than paying a fine, incurring points, and risking higher auto insurance rates. Many traffic violations, for those with a commercial driver's license (CDL), lead to license suspension and revocation.
Check our Traffic Ticket Fines and Penalties for more information.
Plead Not Guilty in Idaho
Remember, you don't have to plead "guilty" and pay your fine. Although it's the quickest and easiest way for many drivers to handle their ID traffic tickets, it's not always the most appropriate option.
If you believe you aren't guilty of the offense and think you have a pretty strong case proving as much, learn more about how you can fight your ID traffic ticket.
Some courts allow drivers to pay traffic tickets online; unfortunately, there isn't one standard website for this. For example, Kootenai County uses one online method; Ada, Bannock, Canyon, and a few other counties use another online method.
The best way to find out if you can pay online is to look at your traffic citation, locate the court handling your case, and visit that court's or county's website.
Lost or misplaced your ID traffic ticket? Head over to Lost Idaho Traffic Tickets for help retrieving the information.
Determine Where You Got Your Traffic Ticket
Look at your traffic citation to determine where you were ticketed and which Idaho court is handling your case.
NOTE: Usually, the magistrate court in that district handles traffic infractions, while the bigger district court handles traffic misdemeanors.
Visit the Proper Court Website
Once you know which Idaho court is handling your traffic citation, you can visit the court website. The website should provide you with information about payment options and methods, as well as contact information.
As mentioned above, some Idaho court websites allow drivers to pay their traffic ticket fines and court costs online. Generally, if this option is available, it's accessible from the site's front page. So, once you visit your court's website, you'll know whether you can pay online.
If your court's website doesn't offer online ticket payments, look for (or call and ask about) any of the following common payment options:
- In person.
- By mail.
- By phone.
- Via a drop box.
Don't forget to ask about acceptable payment methods. For example, which credit cards does your traffic court accept over the phone? Can you use a personal check in the mail, or does the court accept only money orders?
Idaho doesn't offer the option to attend a defensive driving or accident prevention course to dismiss tickets or avoid points related to a current traffic ticket; however, drivers can attend a course to remove accumulated points from your ID driving record—up to 3 points once every 3 years.
Learn more at our Defensive Driving section.
Check Your ID Driving Record
- No more points than allowed were added to your ID driving record after a "guilty" plea or verdict.
- No points were added after a "not guilty" verdict.
- 3 points were removed from your record after completing a defensive driving or accident prevention course.
Shop for Better Idaho Auto Insurance Rates
Traffic violation convictions in Idaho are common reasons for increases in auto insurance rates. Since pleading "guilty" has the same affect as being found "guilty" after a hearing (you're admitting to fault), it puts you at risk for higher coverage costs.
Talk with your insurance provider about whether your rates will increase the next time you renew your policy. If you find out they will, start comparing insurance quotes online now to get more affordable coverage.Other Topics in This Section