Pay Traffic Ticket in Mississippi
Depending on where you received your traffic ticket, you may be able to pay it online, by mail, or in person. Be sure to note whether a court appearance is mandatory. Failure to respond to your traffic ticket by the due date may result in additional penalties and fines.
Continue reading this page to learn how to pay your Mississippi traffic ticket.
Pleading Guilty to Your MS Ticket
Generally, you're pleading “guilty" when you choose to pay your MN traffic ticket fine outright and accept any related consequences.
Pleading “guilty" means:
- The violation will show up on your driving record.
- You could face license suspension depending on:
- The nature of the violation.
- Violations currently on your driving record.
- Your auto insurance company might increase your rates.
- You MAY be eligible to complete a defensive driving school to:
- Satisfy the traffic ticket consequences.
- Have your ticket dismissed.
- Avoid higher car insurance premiums (and possibly qualify for a discount).
Read on for more details about these possibilities.
Pleading Guilty as a CDL Driver
Typically, CDL drivers face much harsher penalties when pleading or being found guilty of a traffic violation—penalties that could suspend or revoke your CDL for certain period of time or even forever. Naturally, these penalties affect your income and possibly employment.
For more information about commercial drivers and traffic tickets—including when you're required to notify your employer—refer to the Mississippi Commercial Driver License Manual.
How to Pay Your MS Traffic Ticket
Depending on where you received your citation and the court that handles it, you might be able to pay your traffic ticket fine:
- By mail.
- In person.
Each court handles payments differently. Check your traffic ticket (or parking ticket) for instructions or contact the court handling your ticket for details. Be sure to ask about acceptable forms of payment, too.
NOTE: Most likely, you'll need your traffic ticket to pay your fine—especially if you're able to pay online. If you've misplaced your traffic ticket, refer to our Lost Traffic Tickets in Mississippi page to learn how to retrieve the information.
Driving School & Ticket Dismissal
Depending on factors such as your judge and/or court regulations, your driving history, and the nature of your violation, you MIGHT be eligible to complete a defensive driving course for ticket dismissal. Ask your judge about this possibility.
Even if you're not eligible for ticket dismissal, completing a course could help you lower driving record points and possibly keep your auto insurance rates down.
Check Your Driving Record
After you plead “guilty” or are found guilty in court, check your driving record to make sure:
- The record reflects only the appropriate violation(s).
- You're not close to license suspension.
An incorrect driving record can lead to a plethora of problems down the road, including license suspension or revocation. Make sure yours is accurate as soon as possible.