Ticket Fines and Penalties in Michigan

Michigan Traffic Ticket Fines and Costs

Michigan traffic ticket fines vary by district. The total fine amount will be listed on your citation. Any questions regarding your fine amount should be directed to the district court listed on your traffic ticket.


In addition to your traffic ticket fine, you will also be billed a surcharge. Traffic ticket surcharges are used to fund county or state projects.

Auto Insurance Rate Increase

In addition to the traffic ticket fine, you may also face a jump in your car insurance rates. This will depend on the policies of your provider. If you find your rates becoming unaffordable, shop around and compare car insurance rates online from a variety of auto insurance companies.

Pay Ticket
(Plead Guilty or No Contest)

  • Pay the fine.


  • Pay the 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 Ticket
(Plead Not Guilty)

  • Contest 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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MI Traffic Ticket Penalties

Penalties commonly refer to points being added to your driving record, or your MI driver's license being suspended or revoked. Several factors come into play in determining the extent of these penalties, including license type (learners permit, CDL, etc.), driving record and violation severity.

Point System

Traffic violations come with points that are assigned to your driving record. The more severe the violation, the higher the point total. Points remain on your driving record for 2 years, starting from the date of conviction. Depending on your situation, you may be given the one time chance to have points deleted from your record by completing a Basic Driver Improvement Course (BDIC).

If you receive 4 points within a span of 2 years, the Secretary of State (SOS) will send you a letter, advising you to amend your driving habits. Accrue 8 points and you'll receive a warning letter. Reach 12 points and you'll be required to appear at a Driver Reexamination office. Driver Reexamination agents will then review your driving record and may suspend or revoke your MI driver's license.

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