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Pay Traffic Ticket in Kansas

SUMMARY: How to Pay a Kansas Traffic Ticket

The steps for paying a traffic ticket will vary by court. You may able to pay your ticket fines: online, by mail, by phone, or in person.

You can find specific payment instructions on your KS traffic ticket or with the district or municipal court handling your ticket.

We've outlined those steps—as well as other options—below.

Pay Your Kansas Traffic Ticket

Pay Ticket
(Plead Guilty or No Contest)

Fight Ticket
(Plead Not Guilty or Nolo Contendere)

  • Contest your ticket and schedule a hearing.
  • Present your case, possibly with a traffic ticket attorney.
  • Gain no penalties if found not guilty (except applicable court/attorney fees).
  • Appeal the guilty verdict (if applicable).

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Responding to Your KS Traffic Ticket

Paying your KS traffic ticket means pleading "guilty" or "no contest" and dealing with any violation-related penalties. Municipal courts handle city-level tickets, and district courts handle county-level citations.

When you plead guilty or no contest, note that:

  • Some courts allow convenient online ticket payment (see below).
  • Depending on the traffic violation (and how many times you've committed it), you could face a driver's license suspension or revocation.
  • Your judge might dismiss the traffic ticket if you complete an approved KS traffic school course.
  • Your auto insurance rates might increase the next time you renew.

Your traffic citation includes a date by which you must pay your ticket fine. If you fail to pay by that date, you'll receive a notice; you must pay your fine by the date on the notice. Missing that deadline results in a driver's license suspension and in some cases, an arrest warrant.

Generally, you need your traffic ticket to pay your fine—especially if your court allows online payments (see below). If you've misplaced your ticket, we can help you find a lost citation, or you can contact your court for information specific to your ticket.

CDL Drivers

Understand that KS CDL drivers must notify their employers of a conviction for a traffic violation, and sometimes you may receive more severe penalties for certain traffic violations. You could actually lose your job.

Refer to the Kansas Commercial Driver License Manual for more details.

How to Pay Your KS Traffic Ticket

Depending on your court, you might be able to pay your traffic ticket online; otherwise, common options include paying in person, by mail, or by phone.

Pay Your Ticket Online

Some Kansas courts are set up for online traffic ticket payments. You must visit your court's website to find out if this is an option.

Remember:

  • Municipal courts handle city-level tickets.
  • District courts handle county-level citations.

You'll need to have your traffic citation handy. Online payments sometimes require information like the traffic ticket number, fine, and even the deadline to pay. Refer to our section on lost traffic tickets for details on how to retrieve this information.

Other Payment Options

Most courts allow drivers to pay their traffic ticket fines in person, by mail, or even over the telephone.

Your citation should include this information, especially if your traffic ticket doesn't have a scheduled fine (meaning, the officer couldn't note the cost; the court has to tell you how much to pay).

Check your traffic ticket for payment methods and options, and contact your court with any questions.

KS Traffic School & Ticket Dismissal

Depending on your judge and your violation, you MIGHT be given the option to complete a state-approved traffic school to dismiss your ticket. Understand this is on a case-by-case basis and, again, depends on your violation and judge's decision.

Check Your Driving Record

You won't receive points on your KS driving record for pleading "guilty" or "no contest" to your traffic ticket; however, depending on the nature of the traffic offense, you could have your driver's license suspended or revoked.

Always check your Kansas driving record after you plead "guilty" or "no contest" to make sure your driving privileges are intact; considering what's at stake, you might want to get a copy before you plead.

Car Insurance Rates

To auto insurance providers, pleading "guilty" or "no contest" is the same as being convicted of committing the offense. This means you'll likely receive higher auto insurance rates the next time you renew your policy.

Talk with your car insurance provider about how pleading guilty or no contest will affect your rates, and if your rates will become more expensive, get a head start on more affordable coverage by comparing insurance quotes online now.

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