Pay Traffic Ticket in MassachusettsPage Overview
(Plead Guilty or No Contest)
- Pay the fine
- Option to plea bargain penalties
- Incur points on your driving record (could lead to license suspension/revocation)
- Possibly incur increase on auto insurance rates
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Submitting payment for a noncriminal civil violation―legal speak for a traffic ticket― is an admission of guilt. This means:
- You have waived your right to a trial before a judge.
- The Massachusetts RMV will assign surchargeable events (Massachusetts' version of points) to your driving record. For more information, visit our page detailing Massachusetts' point system.
- Additional surchargeable events on your driving record may lead to the suspension or revocation of your Massachusetts driver's license.
- Additional violations on your driving record may lead to the suspension or revocation of your MA driver's license. Read more on our Traffic Ticket Fines & Penalties page.
- The addition of surchargeable events and/or violations on your MA driving record could increase your car insurance premiums, and/or, depending on your line of work, jeopardize your job.
Criminal offenses, which are serious offenses, cannot be settled by payment. These violations come with mandatory court appearances. Violations under this category include operating under the influence (OUI), driving with a suspended driver's license and leaving the scene of an accident.
Pay on Time
The RMV will charge you a late fee if you fail to pay your citation. If you ignore the citation and the late fee your driver's license will be suspended.
Pleading Guilty as CDL Driver
If you hold a commercial driver's license, you are required by law to notify your employer after any traffic violation. This applies to all vehicles, including your own personal car. For more information on CDL rules and regulations, consult the MA Commercial Driver's License Manual and our page on traffic ticket fines and penalties.
Pleading Not Guilty
You always have the right to plead not guilty or no contest. This requires appearing at a hearing before a judge. Learn more on our Fighting Your Traffic Ticket page.
Depending on the nature of your traffic ticket, you may be given the option to pay online using a valid credit card (Discover, American Express. MasterCard, Visa).
Refer to your citation for other payment options.
Enrollment in the state's driver retraining program will not reduce points from your driving record. The only way to trim points is by maintaining a clean driving record. If you have no more than 3 points for surchargeable events on your record over the past 5 years, 1 point will be removed for each citation for every 3 years of safe driving.
After paying your traffic ticket, check your driving record for accuracy. Make sure there are no unaccounted violations or surchargeable events listed. Otherwise, you could see an unwarranted increase in your auto insurance rates, or lose your driving privileges.
If your current auto insurance plan exceeds your budget, take the time to shop around for a new car insurance provider. You can do this from the convenience of home by comparing car insurance rates online from a variety of auto insurance companies.Other Topics in This Section