Pay Traffic Ticket in Montana
Depending on the Montana court handling your traffic ticket, you may be able to pay it online, by mail, or in person. For specific instructions, refer to your MT ticket or contact the traffic court shown on your citation.
Continue reading for information on paying Montana traffic tickets.
(Plead Guilty or No Contest)
- Pay the fine.
- Incur points on your driving record (could lead to license suspension/revocation).
- Possibly incur increase on auto insurance rates.
Learn more by reading below.
In Montana, paying your traffic ticket is an admission of guilt. This means:
- You have waived your right to a trial in court.
- Points will be added to your MT driving record. The more severe the traffic offense, the higher the point total. Depending on your point total, the state may suspend your Montana driver's license.
- Depending on the policies of your car insurance provider, you may also see an increase in your car insurance premiums.
Unless your traffic ticket requests a mandatory court appearance, you may pay your ticket by mail, in person, or—depending on the court—online. Failing to pay by the appearance date posted on your traffic citation will result in the suspension of your MT driver's license and possibly a bench warrant for your arrest.
Pleading Guilty as a CDL Driver
You must alert your employer after receiving a traffic ticket in Montana. This applies to all situations. Even if you were ticketed out of state while driving your own car, you'd still have to notify your boss. Consult Montana's Commercial Driver Handbook for a complete list of rules and regulations.
Pleading Not Guilty
You also have the option to challenge your traffic ticket. Presenting a strong defense could sway the court to reduce the charges or dismiss the traffic citation. You can learn more in our Fighting Your Traffic Ticket page.
Traffic tickets issued by Montana's Highway Patrol, Sheriff's Office, and Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department all must be settled with the Justice Court from the county in which you were fined. If you get ticketed by a local police officer, you must pay your traffic ticket fine with the Municipal Court of that specific city or town.
After getting cited, call the court listed on your traffic ticket to determine if you can simply pay the fine or if you must appear in court. If you can pay the fine, your options may include:
- By mail.
- In person.
Pay Ticket Online
Just about all City and Justice Courts now offer an online payment option. You must provide your traffic citation number and date of birth, and pay using VISA, Discover, or MasterCard.
Pay Ticket by Mail
Send your MT traffic ticket (copies accepted) along with a cashier's check, personal check, or money order to the court address listed on your ticket.
Pay Ticket in Person
Visit the court address listed on your MT traffic ticket to pay in person.
MT Driving Record Points
You cannot get points removed by attending a defensive driving class in Montana. Traffic violations stay on your driving record permanently.
After paying your traffic ticket, check your driving record to make sure only the correct number of points have been added. An accumulation of violations could prompt the state to suspend your MT driver's license or cause an increase in your auto insurance rates.
Shop for Better MT Auto Insurance Rates
Although the state does not notify car insurance companies of traffic violations, your MT driving record is open for review. Should your provider detect a traffic infraction on your driving record, you could see a spike in your auto insurance premiums. If your rates become unaffordable, take the time to shop around for a new provider by comparing insurance rates online from different car insurance companies.
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