Lost Traffic Ticket in Maryland
If you recently lost your MD traffic ticket, you may be able to find lost ticket information online or by mail.
Otherwise, you can contact the appropriate traffic court in the county where you received the traffic citation in Maryland.
Keep reading to learn more about lost tickets in Maryland.
If your traffic ticket goes missing, Maryland provides a convenient online traffic ticket search called the Judiciary Online Case Search. Through it, you can access your citation number, fine amount, date of the traffic citation, and county in which you received your MD traffic ticket. But as you will read below, your work with your lost ticket is not finished.
NOTE: If you need to find lost parking tickets in Maryland, contact the division that handles parking tickets in your county. Otherwise, continue reading to get details about how to find your lost traffic ticket (i.e., speeding tickets, red light tickets, other moving violations, etc.).
After you retrieve your lost MD ticket information from the Judiciary Online Case Search, you'll next need to complete a Lost or Missing Citation Option Form (Form DR-49O). One form per traffic citation.
Once you get information about your lost traffic ticket, you'll need to determine how you'll plea to your traffic violation. On the MD traffic ticket, you must check one of three options:
- Pay the traffic ticket fine amount ("guilty" plea; learn more in our How to Pay a MD Traffic Ticket section).
- Request a Maryland waiver hearing ("guilty" but with an explanation in traffic court).
- Request a trial to contest your traffic violation ("guilty"; learn more in our How to Fight a Maryland Traffic Ticket page).
- In this case, you may want to get in touch with a local traffic ticket attorney.
After checking the appropriate box and completing the form, mail it to the address located on the form within 30 days of receiving your MD traffic ticket. If you fail to respond to your traffic citation within 30 days, the traffic court will notify the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) and your driver's license will be suspended.
(Plead Guilty or Guilty With an Explanation)
- Pay the ticket fine.
- Incur points on your MD driving record (could lead to license suspension/revocation with MVA).
- Possibly incur increase on auto insurance rates.
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(Plead Not Guilty)
- Request waiver hearing (could lower or raise your fine).
- Contest traffic ticket in traffic court.
- Choose to represent yourself or hire an attorney.
- Possibly lose option to plea bargain for lesser penalties.
- Be found guilty and pay traffic ticket fines and related court fees; have option to appeal.
- Traffic violation dismissed, only pay related court fees; no points added to driving record.
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