Pay Traffic Ticket in North DakotaPage OverviewSUMMARY: How to Pay a North Dakota Traffic Ticket
In North Dakota, you can pay your ticket online, by mail, or in person. Be sure to submit payment within 14 days of receiving your traffic ticket. Look on your ND traffic ticket for specific instructions, or contact the appropriate county or municipal court.
NOTE: In some cases, a court appearance is required.
Continue reading this page for more details about paying a North Dakota traffic ticket fine.
(Plead Guilty or No Contest)
- Pay the fine.
- Option to plea bargain penalties.
- Incur points on your driving record (could lead to license suspension/revocation).
- Possibly incur increase on auto insurance rates.
- Possible option to attend driver training course and reduce points.
Learn more below.
In North Dakota, paying a traffic ticket is the equivalent of a "guilty" plea. This means:
- You are knowingly waiving your right to a trial in court.
- Points will be assigned to your driving record.
- Your ND driver's license may be suspended (contingent on the infraction and points on your driving record).
- Possible increase in your car insurance premiums.
Pleading Guilty as a CDL Driver
You, by law, must notify your employer and the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) within 30 days of receiving a traffic ticket. This applies to all situations, regardless of state or vehicle. If you are convicted of a violation while out of state, you must report the conviction to the DOT with 30 days as well as your employer. You can learn more about commercial driver's license (CDL) rules and regulations in the North Dakota Commercial Driver's License Guide.
Pleading Not Guilty in North Dakota
You reserve the right to challenge your non-criminal traffic ticket in court. A strong defense may sway the judge to reduce charges or dismiss the ticket. Find out how to pursue this option in our Fighting Your ND Traffic Ticket section.
North Dakota offers several ways to pay your ticket "bond" (North Dakota's term for ticket fine): online, by mail, and in person.
Pay ND Ticket Online
In North Dakota, you can pay your traffic ticket fines online via ND state court website.
Pay ND Ticket by Mail
Send a check or money order by mail, along with the citation, to the court listed on your traffic ticket.
Pay ND Ticket in Person
You can pay in person at the court listed on your ND traffic citation. Call the court for accepted forms of payment and whether proof of identification is required. Bring your citation.
Some traffic courts may provide drop-boxes, allowing you to deliver your ticket payment outside of working hours.
Depending on the traffic offense, you may have the opportunity to complete a driver training course in lieu of points being added to your North Dakota driving record. To learn if you're eligible, reference our page on point reduction.
Review your ND driving record after receiving a traffic ticket and know where you stand with points. If your point total is nearing 12 points (the state's suspension mark), you may want to consider enrolling in a driver training course in North Dakota, or, at the very least, adopting more defensive driving habits.
Increased auto insurance rates usually follow traffic ticket convictions on your ND driving record. You can counter high premiums by shopping for a new provider. Comparing car insurance rates online is a fast and convenient way for finding affordable coverage.
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