Pay Traffic Ticket in Maryland

SUMMARY: How to Pay a Maryland Traffic Ticket

In Maryland, you can pay your traffic ticket online, by mail, by phone, or in person. You also have the option to explain why you committed the violation to try to have your fine reduced or waived. Be sure to respond within 30 days of receiving the ticket to avoid a driver's license suspension.

Continue reading this page to learn more about paying Maryland traffic tickets.

NOTE: If you want to contest the fine, visit our Fight Traffic Tickets page.

Pay Ticket
(Plead Guilty or Guilty With an Explanation)

  • Pay the fine.
  • Incur points on your driving record (could lead to license suspension/revocation).
  • Possibly incur increase on auto insurance rates.

Fight Ticket
(Plead Not Guilty)

  • Request waiver hearing (could lower or raise your fine).
  • Contest traffic ticket via trial.
  • Choose to represent yourself or hire an attorney.
  • Possibly lose option to plea bargain for lesser penalties.
  • Be found guilty and pay fines and related court fees; have option to appeal.
  • Charges dismissed, only pay related court fees; no points added to record.

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Fighting Your Traffic Ticket »

Pay Your Maryland Traffic Ticket

Paying your MD traffic ticket means you're pleading "guilty" to your traffic violation. You can either:

  • Pay your traffic ticket fine completely.
  • Plead “guilty with an explanation" and possibly have your fine waived or reduced. (See below for more information.)

NOTE: You must respond to your traffic ticket within 30 days or risk a suspended MD driver's license.

You can pay your traffic ticket:

  • Online.
  • By mail.
  • By phone.
  • In person.

You will likely need your Maryland traffic ticket number. If you have misplaced it, see our Lost Traffic Tickets page.

NOTE: If your traffic ticket says you must appear in court, you cannot pay your traffic ticket online, by mail, or by phone; you must show up in court on your scheduled date.


You can pay your Maryland traffic ticket online using a credit card. Payments may take up to 2 business days to be processed.

NOTE: You will be charged a $6.95 convenience fee when paying online.

By Mail

To pay your MD traffic ticket by mail, send a check or money order (payable to the “ District Court of Maryland") to:

Maryland District Court Traffic Processing System
P.O. Box 6676
Annapolis, MD 21401

Check your traffic ticket for more payment instructions.

By Phone

To make your traffic ticket payment by phone, call (800) 492-2656. You will need a valid American Express, Master Card, Discover, or Visa to make the payment.

NOTE: You may be charged a convenience fee by your credit card company.

In Person

If you'd like to pay your Maryland traffic ticket in person, visit your local district court office. Bring your traffic ticket with you.

The following payment methods will be accepted:

  • Cash.
  • Check or money order payable to “District Court of Maryland."

Plead Guilty With an Explanation

An alternative option to pleading “guilty" and paying your traffic ticket in full, is to plead “guilty with an explanation."

This option gives you the opportunity to explain why you committed the traffic violation before a judge (during a waiver hearing) and possibly have:

  • Your fine waived or reduced.
  • Your conviction changed to probation.

While this may seem like the best option, be sure you have a good explanation for committing the violation; an unfavorable outcome can result in an increased fine.

To request a waiver hearing:

  • Check “Request a Trial" on your MD traffic ticket.
  • Sign and date the traffic citation in the space provided.
  • Mail the traffic ticket to:
  • District Court Traffic Processing Center
    P.O. Box 6676
    Annapolis, MD 21401

NOTE: To learn what to do if you're missing your traffic ticket, visit our Lost Traffic Tickets in Maryland page.

The district court handing your case will send you a hearing date. Before your court appearance, you can change your mind and pay the traffic ticket in full to avoid going to court.

Check Your Driving Record

After taking care of a traffic ticket, it's wise to check your Maryland driving record to make sure points weren't mistakenly added.

Points on your driving record can lead to a driver's license suspension and increased auto insurance rates. If you find that your current policy is becoming unaffordable, compare quotes from other providers online.

NOTE: Red light tickets and speed monitoring tickets do not result in driving record points in MD.

MD Traffic Tickets: FAQs

Still need some help taking care of your traffic ticket? Our Maryland Traffic Tickets FAQ page has more related information, including the following topics:

  • How driving record points can lead to a suspended driver's license.
  • How to find a lost traffic ticket.
  • Requesting a different trial date.
  • Dismissing a traffic ticket.

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