Lost Traffic Ticket in Michigan

SUMMARY: How to Find Lost Michigan Traffic Ticket Information

To find a lost traffic ticket, contact the Michigan district court handling your traffic citation. Be prepared to offer some personal information to get details about your lost Michigan traffic ticket, such as traffic ticket fines, plea options, and deadlines.

NOTE: You'll need to contact a different agency for information about a lost parking ticket.

Continue reading this page to find out about lost traffic tickets in Michigan.

Determine Where Your Got Your Michigan Traffic Ticket

Since all MI traffic tickets come with a due date, you need to act fast if you cannot find your traffic citation. The traffic court will not accept "I lost my traffic ticket" as a pardonable excuse if you fail to respond by the traffic ticket's due date.

So, the first thing you need to do is contact the District Court that was listed on your Michigan traffic ticket. This will be the traffic court that's handling your case. If you can't recall the specific traffic court, try pinpointing where you committed your traffic violation by town, or, at the very least, by county.

Once you have the general area, call the presiding traffic court to ask about your lost ticket. Rural counties generally have one presiding District Court. The populated counties have municipal and county District Courts. If you can only make a generalized guess on where you received your MI traffic ticket, you may have to make calls to several of the surrounding courts.

NOTE: If you're looking to find a lost parking ticket, contact the agency that handles parking tickets in the city where you received it.

Contact the Michigan Traffic Court

When you call the traffic court, you'll be asked for your traffic citation number to find ticket information. If you don't know it, be prepared to either provide your MI license plate number or Michigan driver's license number. The court clerk will then track down your lost ticket information and advise you on how to proceed.

NOTE: The Michigan Secretary of State (SOS) may be able to guide you to the right traffic court. To find out if they can help, contact your local MI SOS office.

Decide How You'll Plead to Your MI Traffic Ticket

Once you find your lost ticket information, you must decide on one of following three pleas:

Remember to enter your plea before the due date printed on your MI traffic ticket.

NOTE: If you decide to plead "not guilty" to your traffic violation in court, you may want to seek legal counsel. Call a local traffic ticket attorney for more information. They can advise you on all types of traffic citations in Michigan, including red light tickets, speeding tickets, and other moving violations.

Pay MI Traffic Ticket
(Plead Guilty or No Contest)

  • Pay the Michigan ticket fine.
  • Pay the ticket fine with an explanation.
  • Incur points on driving record that could lead to license suspension.
  • Possibly incur increase on auto insurance rates.
  • Possible option to take driver improvement course to reduce points.

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Fight MI Traffic Ticket
(Plead Not Guilty)

  • Contest Michigan traffic ticket via trial.
  • Choose to represent yourself or hire a traffic ticket attorney.
  • No penalties if found guilty, but must pay court/attorney fees.
  • Court finds you guilty, must pay fines, court/attorney fees and incur penalties.

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