Lost Traffic Ticket in KentuckyPage Overview
You might be able to search for your KY traffic ticket online.
The Kentucky Court of Justice website features a tool to search Kentucky court records online by party, case, or citation. You don’t have your ticket, so chances are you don’t know the case or citation number; however, you can try to use the “Search by Party” option, which only requires your last name.
If the system finds your citation, great―it will take you to a page that provides you with enough information to either take care of your prepayment, or contact your county’s court (see below); if it doesn’t, you’ll need to follow the below instructions.
Kentucky handles traffic tickets on a county level. If you can remember which county you were ticketed in, skip down to learn how to contact that county’s courthouse.
If you can’t remember which county you were in, you can contact your local office of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC).
Once you know the county you were cited in, you can visit the KY Court of Justice’s website to search circuit court clerks by county. Your county’s page provides contact and address information.
Because you don’t have your ticket, when you call the court you’ll need to ask about:
- Your court date and time. Tickets include these, and you need them for two reasons: One, to prepay your ticket fine and court cost (if you choose to plead guilty), and two, to respond to your ticket on time and avoid license suspension.
- Acceptable payment methods.
This is also a good time to let the clerk know if you want to request traffic school. Usually, drivers can send a written request along with a copy of their citations and all applicable fines and fees, but because you don’t have a copy of your ticket, go ahead and find out about requesting traffic school over the phone or in person.
Kentucky allows drivers to plead either guilty or not guilty to traffic citations.
Those who plead guilty agree to pay their traffic ticket fines and court costs, and deal with any applicable penalties. Sometimes, their judges allow them to attend traffic school to avoid point accumulation.
Drivers who plead not guilty go to court and fight their tickets. Generally, they give up options to plead to lesser offenses or attend traffic school, but if they win they don’t have to pay ticket fines or deal with any other penalties.Other Topics in This Section