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    SUMMARY: How to Pay an Indiana Traffic Ticket

    Depending on where you received your IN traffic ticket, you may be able to pay it online, by phone, by mail, or in person.

    Refer to your traffic ticket or contact the appropriate county court for specific payment instructions.

    Keep reading this page for more information about paying traffic ticket fines in Indiana.

    Pay Ticket
    (Plead Guilty)

    • Pay the fine.
    • Accumulate driving record points.
    • Get higher auto insurance rates.
    • Possibly attend Driver Safety Program (DSP) to keep violation off driving record.
    • Voluntarily attend DSP to offset points and get possible auto insurance discount.
    • Use a deferral program (if eligible and county offers it).

    Learn more below

    Fight Ticket
    (Plead Not Guilty)

    • Contest ticket in court.
    • Seek legal counsel for representation.
    • 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 Traffic Ticket

    Paying your IN traffic ticket essentially means you're admitting guilt, or at least giving up your option to fight the traffic ticket.

    Further fines and penalties depend on the nature of your traffic violation, but understand that many people who plead "guilty" to typical violations and pay their Indiana traffic ticket fines can:

    • Conveniently pay online, by mail, or over the telephone.
    • Expect higher auto insurance rates, but possibly get a discount for Driver Safety Program (DSP) completion.
    • Use the Indiana DSP or a deferral program to keep the traffic violations off their Indiana driving records.

    Generally, the state allows a certain amount of time from the date you receive the traffic violation to respond (i.e., pay or plead "not guilty"). Be sure to check your ticket for a specific date. If you fail to respond on time, the court will notify the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) who will suspended your driver's license indefinitely.

    Deferral Programs in Indiana

    Some IN counties offer deferral programs for drivers who don't want to contest or fight their traffic tickets, but don't want to deal with the consequences of a traffic violation, either.

    Generally, these programs are available to drivers who:

    • Committed an eligible offense.
    • Have been violation-free for a certain amount of time.

    Again, not all courts in Indiana offer these programs. Plus, sometimes the programs cost more than the actual traffic ticket fines. However, they're worth asking about if you want to avoid all the hassle of a conviction but don't want to fight the ticket in court.

    IN Driver Safety Program

    Another option for drivers who don't want to fight their tickets in court but who'd like to keep the violations off their records is the Driver Safety Program (DSP).

    An Indiana DSP won't block the driving record points you'll accumulate, but successful completion will keep the court from sending your traffic violation information to the Indiana BMV (i.e., the ticket won't show up on your IN driving record).

    Pleading Guilty as a CDL Driver

    If you have a commercial driver's license (CDL), you can plead "guilty" and pay your traffic ticket the same as any other driver; however, you must understand that pleading "guilty" to certain offenses can drastically affect your driving privileges and possibly even your career. You are required to report any traffic violations, except parking tickets, to you employer within 30 days of being found guilty.

    NOTE: Generally, deferral programs and the Driver Safety Program aren't available to IN CDL drivers.

    Before you decide, visit our Ticket Fines and Penalties section and find out what you're facing.

    Plead Not Guilty in Indiana

    Do you believe you're not guilty, or have a good case for getting the ticket dismissed? Check out our Fighting Your Traffic Ticket section before making a decision on how to respond to your IN traffic citation.

    Visit the Proper Indiana Website

    Indiana traffic tickets begin on a county level, and the Judicial Branch of Indiana website provides information about the courts and clerks of each county. Generally, you'll pay your IN traffic ticket fine to the county's clerk.

    To find your court's website and other information, visit the judicial site and:

    • Check for the “Courts & Clerks Offices" option.
    • From the drop-down box that appears, choose the county in which you received your IN traffic ticket.
    • Once on the county page, look for the option to visit the county's website.

    NOTE: You can also take this time to ask your traffic court about whether you're eligible for a deferral program or the Driver Safety Program (DSP) and, if so, how to get either of those options in motion.

    Pay Your IN Traffic Ticket Online

    Neither the Indiana BMV nor the Indiana court system has a statewide online payment system for paying traffic citations online; however, some individual courts―such as the Marion Superior Court―allow online payments.

    Use the county's website to find out if you can pay your Indiana traffic ticket online; if you can't find any information, contact the court directly.

    Other Traffic Ticket Payment Options

    Once you've located the court handling your traffic ticket, you can find out about acceptable payment methods―including online options.

    When you visit the website or call the courthouse, be sure to ask about whether:

    • Credit cards and debit cards are accepted and, if so, which ones.
    • The traffic court accepts personal checks, or if you must use a money order or cashiers check.
    • You can use cash.

    If the court doesn't offer an online payment option, or you don't have the ability to pay online, also ask if you can pay by phone or by mail.

    Get Points Credited to Your IN Driving Record

    You can get a credit of 4 points on your Indiana driving record when you successfully complete a course in the state's Driver Safety Program. You can complete the course for a point-credit once every 3 years.

    Check out our page about point reduction for more information.

    Check Your Indiana Driving Record

    Check your IN driving record whenever:

    • You outright pay your ticket fine and want to make sure only the applicable number of points were added.
    • You complete a deferral program or DSP to make sure either the IN traffic violation doesn't show up or the credit was added (depending on your situation).
    Learn more about obtaining IN driving records.

    Shop for Better Indiana Auto Insurance Rates

    If you plead "guilty" and pay your IN traffic ticket, your car insurance provider might increase your rates.

    Talk with your auto insurance agent about this possibility and, if there's nothing in your Indiana driving history or policy that prevents an increase, consider comparing policy rates online to find a better deal.

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