Lost Traffic Ticket in Massachusetts
If you lost your MA civil citation, you can contact the appropriate traffic court OR the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV). If you lost your MA criminal citation, you'll need to get in touch with the appropriate MA district court. It's important to obtain your lost ticket information promptly.
Be sure to respond to your criminal traffic violation within 4 days, to avoid a bench warrant for your arrest.
NOTE: If you're looking for a lost parking ticket, you'll need to contact the parking clerk in the city where you received it.
Continue reading for information about how to find lost traffic tickets in Massachusetts.
Contact the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) regarding your lost civil traffic citation. You can inquire about your lost ticket by phone or in person. The MA RMV agent will be able to locate your lost traffic ticket using your name and driver's license number.
If you were cited for a criminal traffic violation in Massachusetts, you will need to contact the appropriate District Court.
Act fast on a missing criminal traffic citation since you have only 4 days to respond. In Massachusetts, the traffic court will issue a bench warrant for your arrest if you do not respond to your criminal traffic ticket within this time frame. Be sure to call to find ticket information as soon as possible.
You can try to find traffic tickets by contacting the proper MA traffic court in the county/municipality where you received your traffic ticket.
Once you've narrowed the location, visit the District Court Department to track down your lost ticket information for the clerk's office. When you call to find ticket information, be sure to ask about your traffic ticket fines, deadlines, and plea/payment methods. Have your MA driver's license number at the ready. Once the clerk has located your traffic citation, you will be instructed on how to proceed.
NOTE: If you plan to contest your traffic violation (e.g., red light ticket, speeding ticket, moving violations, DUI, etc.) you may want to consider hiring a traffic ticket attorney in your local area.
Pay Traffic Ticket
(Plead Guilty or No Contest)
- Pay the ticket fine.
- Option to plea bargain penalties.
- Incur points on your Maryland driving record (could lead to license suspension/revocation).
- Possibly incur increase on auto insurance rates.
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Paying Your Traffic Ticket.
Fight Traffic Ticket
(Plead Not Guilty)
- Contest traffic violation via trial.
- Choose to represent yourself or hire an attorney.
- No penalties if found not guilty, but must pay traffic court/attorney fees.
- Be found guilty, pay ticket fine and court/attorney fees and incur penalties.
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Fighting Your Traffic Ticket.