Pay Traffic Ticket in KentuckyPage OverviewSUMMARY: How to Pay a Kentucky Traffic Ticket
Depending on where you committed your violation, you may be able to pay your Kentucky traffic ticket fine online, by mail, or in person. For specific details about paying your fine, check your KY traffic ticket or contact the appropriate traffic court.
NOTE: Your KY traffic citation will indicate whether you must appear in court.
(Plead Guilty or No Contest)
- Pay the fine.
- Accumulate driving record points and risk license suspension or revocation.
- Pay higher auto insurance rates.
- Enroll in traffic school to avoid points and satisfy citation (if applicable).
(Plead Not Guilty)
- Request a hearing.
- Prepare your case, perhaps with legal assistance.
- Give up any possibility of pleading to lesser charges and penalties.
- Pay no fees (except any applicable court costs/attorney fees) if found not guilty.
- Appeal the guilty verdict (if applicable).
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Pleading "guilty" and paying your KY traffic ticket fine means you also might:
- Take on any related penalties, such as driving record points.
- Receive the option to plead to a lesser offense and get lesser penalties; you must appear in court for this option, and often a traffic ticket lawyer can help.
- Prepay your ticket fine and court costs online, by mail, or in person.
- Get the opportunity to enroll in a state-approved traffic school to satisfy the traffic ticket and prevent a point increase. (Kentucky's vehicle code and point system provide additional information.)
- Qualify for an auto insurance discount (if you enroll in Kentucky traffic school).
Note that if:
- You're a minor and receive a KY traffic ticket, your waiting period to move on to the next licensing phase starts all over; if you receive a certain number of points, you face a driver's license suspension. Learn more at our Traffic Ticket Fines and Penalties section.
- You have a commercial driver's license (CDL) and receive a KY traffic ticket while operating a commercial vehicle, you might still be eligible for traffic school.
Understand that prepaying your Kentucky traffic ticket doesn't mean you can avoid court, but it does mean you must prepay within a certain amount of time. Read on for the various options.
Plead Guilty as a CDL Driver
Usually, CDL holders follow the same basic procedures for pleading "guilty" and paying their fines as drivers with regular licenses; however, CDL holders must also inform:
- Their employers within 30 days of being found guilty of a traffic citation.
- The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet after receiving a traffic citation in another state.
Sometimes, CDL holders are eligible for traffic school. Completing a course will prevent additional points from showing up on a CDL holder's driving record, but it won't keep the traffic violation from appearing.
For more information about CDL holders and traffic offenses, refer to the Kentucky Commercial Driver License Manual.
Plead Not Guilty
You don't have to plead "guilty." Your Kentucky traffic ticket provides a court date; you can appear on that court date to plead "not guilty" and have, or schedule, a hearing.
If ALL of the following apply to you, you most likely can prepay your KY traffic ticket fines and court costs online using the state's ePay service:
- Your KY traffic ticket is marked “Payable" (as opposed to “Court") in the “Court" section. This means you're allowed to prepay your fines and court costs, rather than wait until your court date.
- You have at least 3 business days before your scheduled court appearance.
- You did NOT receive the traffic ticket in any of the following counties: Harlan, Logan, or Menifee. (Online payments not available for these counties).
You must have your KY traffic ticket on hand, as the system requires you to enter the court date, the county in which you were cited, and the citation control number. The system accepts major credit cards and debit cards, and charges a convenience fee.
Don't have your traffic ticket? Head over to our section on Lost KY Traffic Tickets to find out how to retrieve your traffic ticket information.
The city and county in which you were ticketed are listed within the “Date/Time" section of your Kansas traffic citation.
The Kentucky Court of Justice provides information about the circuit court clerks in each county. Search for your county to find contact information, hours of operation, and accepted payment methods.
If you're not eligible to prepay your KY traffic ticket online (or for some reason can't), you can prepay by mail or in person as long as your traffic ticket is marked “Payable."
KY traffic tickets include specific instructions on how to prepay by mail or in person, including the address and final cost. In Kentucky, traffic tickets also include information about:
- Payment methods. Generally, you can pay by mail with a certified check or money order, or in person with a certified check, money order, or cash.
- Time limits. If you're paying by mail, refer to your traffic ticket or call the court to determine how much time you have to submit your ticket payment.
Kentucky drivers can attend a state-approved traffic school to:
- Avoid accumulating driving record points associated with a KY traffic violation.
- Reduce driving record points, if they're getting close to a driver's license suspension.
Traffic school is only an option if you haven't already completed a course within the past 12 months, and must be approved by the court. This means you must get permission from the court even if you don't have a current traffic citation in Kentucky. Learn more on our Defensive Driving page.
You can request permission to attend traffic school (in relation to a KY traffic ticket) in person or by mail. Simply mail the following to your court:
- A written request for traffic school.
- A copy of your KY traffic ticket.
- Payment for your court costs.
The court will notify you if you're approved and you'll receive a bill for the school costs.
For more information, contact your court.
Check Your KY Driving Record
It's a good idea to check your driving record after dealing with a KY traffic ticket―including after completing traffic school―to make sure you aren't getting close to a driver's license suspension or that points weren't wrongly added.
Our section on the KY point system outlines how points can negatively affect your driving privileges.
Shop for Better Auto Insurance Rates
KY traffic tickets often lead to hikes in auto insurance rates. After a traffic violation goes on your driving record, talk with your agent about how it might affect your costs. Be sure to mention whether you attended traffic school, as this might qualify you for a discount (or at least prevent an increase).
If you learn your rates will increase, start comparing insurance quotes online to find a better deal.
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