Pay Traffic Ticket in Minnesota

SUMMARY: How to Pay Minnesota Traffic Tickets

Depending on which Minnesota county you received your traffic ticket in, you may be able to pay it online, by mail, by phone, or in person. Check your traffic ticket for specific instructions.

Pay a Minnesota Traffic Ticket

Depending on where you were ticketed in Minnesota, you may be able to pay your traffic ticket either:

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

Do not send money if "court required" is listed on your traffic ticket. The Minnesota court will mail you a "Notice to Appear" after receiving your citation.


If your traffic ticket does NOT require a court appearance, you may be able to pay your fine online. Refer to your ticket or contact your district court directly for more specific details.

To pay your MN traffic ticket online, choose from the following websites:

By Phone

Based on your location, you can pay your ticket by phone with your VISA or MasterCard at the following numbers:

  • Metro area (651) 281-3219
  • Outside Metro area (800) 657-3611

There is a $1.50 service fee for using this service. You'll need your Minnesota citation number to pay your ticket by phone.

By Mail

To submit payment for your MN ticket by mail, send your citation along with a check or money order to the address listed on your traffic ticket. checks or money orders must be made payable to "District Court Administration".

Be sure to write your citation number on your check or money order.

In Person

To determine where you can pay your ticket in person, you'll need to refer to your traffic ticket or contact the appropriate district court directly.

NOTE: When you go to pay your ticket, be sure to bring your citation and identification.

What It Means to Pay Your Traffic Ticket

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 also 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 the Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) to act on behalf of the court and suspend your MN driver's license.

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.

Check Your MN Driving Record

After submitting payment, be sure to take the time to review your Minnesota driving record and verify against clerical errors. Any violation mistakenly 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.

Shop for Better Auto Insurance Rates

If your MN 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 your own home by shopping online and comparing auto insurance rates from a variety of car insurance providers.

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