Pay Traffic Ticket in MinnesotaPage Overview
(Plead Guilty or No Contest)
- Pay the fine
- Option to plea bargain penalties
- Possibly have license suspended
- Possibly incur increase on auto insurance rates
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(Plead Not Guilty)
- Contest traffic ticket via trial
- Choose to represent yourself or hire an attorney
- Possibly lose option to plea bargain for lesser penalties
- No penalties if found guilty, but must pay court/attorney fees
- Court finds you guilt, must pay fines, court/attorney fees and incur penalties
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Submitting payment is an admission of guilt. This means:
- Depending on the status of your driving record, your MN driver's license may be suspended for repeat offenses.
- Depending on the severity of the violation, the state may suspend your Minnesota driver's license.
- You may see a spike in your car insurance rates.
Failing to Respond to Ticket
A late fee will be assessed if you fail to respond to your citation within the specified timeframe. The court will notify you by mail of this penalty. If you fail to pay the fine and late fee, the court will penalize you again. Any further silence on your behalf will prompt Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) to act on behalf of the court and suspend your MN driver's license.
NOTE: Do not send money if "court required" is listed on your ticket. The court will mail you a "Notice to Appear" after receiving your citation.
Pleading Guilty as a CDL Driver
Federal law mandates notifying your employer of receiving a traffic violation (parking tickets are exempt). This applies to all vehicles, including if cited while driving your own car. Consult Minnesota's CDL manual for more information on rules and regulations.
Pleading Not Guilty
You always have the right to challenge your MN traffic ticket in court. Learn how in our Fighting Your Traffic Ticket page.
Minnesota employs a centralized payment system, based on three sections: Ramsey county (St. Paul), Hennepin county (Minneapolis) and the rest of the state.
Pay Traffic Ticket Online
You may pay your MN traffic online using MasterCard or Visa or by transferring funds from your checking or savings account. For your convenience, the online payment option can be accessed from your mobile phone.
You will have three online options based on where you were ticketed:
- Hennepin County (encompasses Minneapolis)
- Ramsey County (encompasses St. Paul)
- All other Minnesota counties
Pay Traffic Ticket By Phone
Call one of the two following numbers based on your area code:
- Dial (651) 281-3219 if you're calling from one of the following area codes: 763, 651, 612 or 952
- Dial (800) 657-3611 for all other area codes
When calling have your citation number and either Visa or MasterCard.
Pay Traffic Ticket By Mail
Send your citation along with either a check or money order to the payment center address listed on your traffic ticket. Be sure to write your citation number on the check or money order.
Pay In Person
Depending on where you were ticketed, pay at either the district court listed on your citation, or at a Traffic Violations Bureau location. Bring your citation and identification when paying.
If you've misplaced your citation, view our Lost Traffic Ticket page for information on how to recover a lost ticket.
After submitting payment, be sure to take the time to review your driving record. Verify against clerical errors. Any unsubstantiated violation erroneously added to your record could cause your car insurance rates to jump, or even cause your Minnesota driver's license to be suspended or revoked.
If your traffic violation causes a spike in your current car insurance rates, explore your options for a more budget-friendly rate. You can do this from the convenience of home by shopping online and comparing auto insurance rates from a variety of car insurance providers.Other Topics in This Section