Pay Traffic Ticket in Massachusetts

SUMMARY: How to Pay a Massachusetts Traffic Ticket

If you have a civil traffic ticket, you can pay your fine online, by mail, or by phone. If you have a criminal traffic ticket, you MUST appear in court; you cannot simply pay a fine. Be sure to respond to a civil traffic ticket within 20 days and a criminal traffic ticket within 4 days.

For more information about paying your traffic ticket in Massachusetts, continue reading this page.

NOTE: If you plan to fight your traffic violation in court, see our page about Fighting Traffic Tickets.

Pay a Civil Traffic Ticket

If your traffic ticket is marked “All civil infractions," you must pay the fine or appear in court to fight your ticket within 20 days.

You can pay your civil traffic ticket either:

The MA Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) will charge a late fee if you fail to pay your citation on time. If you ignore the citation and the late fee, your Massachusetts driver's license will be suspended.


NOTE: Please allow a minimum of 10 business days after the violation date to use the online payment system.

To pay your MA traffic ticket fines online:

By Mail

To pay your Massachusetts traffic ticket by mail:

  • Sign and date the back of your traffic ticket in Box 1.
  • Write a check or money order payable to “MassDOT" for the total fine amount.
    • Include the citation number and your MA driver's license number.
  • Mail your payment and citation in the pre-addressed envelope to:
  • Citation Processing Center
    P.O. Box 55890
    Boston, MA 02205

NOTE: You may want to keep a copy of your MA traffic ticket for your records.

By Phone

To pay a Massachusetts civil traffic ticket by phone, call the number associated with your area code below:

Your Area Code/RMV Contact Number:

  • 339/617/781/857: (857) 368-8000.
  • All other area codes: (800) 858-3926.

You'll need to have your citation number and credit card handy.

Criminal Traffic Tickets in MA

If you have a criminal traffic ticket in Massachusetts (your ticket will be marked “Criminal application"), you must sign and return the citation to the court in person or by mail within 4 days.

The court will schedule a hearing date. You CANNOT pay or appeal a criminal citation; you must appear in court.

For more information, contact the MA RMV or the traffic court in the county where you received the ticket.

NOTE: If you return your citation by mail, it must arrive within 4 days of the violation date.

Massachusetts Parking Tickets

In Massachusetts, parking tickets are not considered traffic violations. Therefore, you will not submit your payment to the Massachusetts RMV or district/traffic courts.

Your fines must be paid to the specific city or municipality where you received the parking ticket.

Fees for MA Traffic Tickets

In Massachusetts, the fines you must pay for a traffic ticket will depend on the type of violation you committed and your personal driving record. To determine how much you must pay, you can:

  • Refer to your traffic ticket.
  • Contact the traffic court in the county where you received the ticket.

If you have a criminal traffic ticket, you may have to wait until after your court hearing to know exactly how much you must pay.

Accepted Payment Methods

The Massachusetts RMV accepts the following payment methods:

  • Online:
    • Electronic check.
    • Credit card (MasterCard, VISA, Discover, American Express).
  • By mail: Check or money order payable to “MassDOT."
  • By phone: Credit card (MasterCard, VISA, Discover, American Express).

What Happens After Paying Your Ticket?

Once you're convicted of a traffic violation in Massachusetts, your car insurance rates may increase. Your auto insurance company may use the MA RMV's Safe Driver Insurance Plan (SDIP) to calculate your increases, or use their own system.

The SDIP program applies credits and points to your driving record, which helps determine your insurance rates.

For more information about how traffic violations can affect your driving record, read our DMV Point System page.

Massachusetts Traffic Tickets: FAQs

For more details about traffic tickets in MA, please visit our Traffic Ticket FAQ page. You'll find information about the following topics:

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