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  • Pay Traffic Ticket in North Dakota

    Know Your Options

    Pay Ticket
    (Plead Guilty or No Contest)

    Learn more below

    Fight Ticket
    (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

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    What it Means to Pay Your ND Traffic Ticket

    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 driving record's point total)
    • Possible increase in your car insurance premiums

    Pleading Guilty as a CDL Driver

    You, by law, must notify your employer and the Department of Transportation (NDDOT) within 30 days of receiving a traffic citation. This applies to all situations, regardless of state or vehicle. You can learn more about CDL rules and regulations in the North Dakota Commercial Drivers License Guide.

    Pleading Not Guilty

    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 Traffic Ticket section.

    Pay Your North Dakota Traffic Ticket

    North Dakota gives you two ways to pay your bond (North Dakota's term for fine): mail and in person.

    Pay by Mail

    Send check or money order, along with the citation, to the court listed on your traffic ticket.

    Pay in Person

    You may pay in person at the court listed on your citation. Call the court for accepted forms of payment and whether proof of identification is required. Bring your citation.

    Some courts may provide drop-boxes, allowing you to deliver your payment during off hours.

    Get Points Removed From Your Driving Record

    Depending on the traffic offense, you may have the opportunity to complete a driver training course in lieu of points being added to your driving record. To learn if you're eligible, reference our page on point reduction.

    Check Your Driving Record

    Review your driving record after receiving a traffic ticket. 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, or, at the very least, adopting more defensive driving habits.

    Instant North Dakota Driving Record

    Check for tickets, violations, and confirm your drivers license status with a instant self-check driving record. Each record may include suspensions, points, classifications, vital data, endorsements, expiration and driving status.

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