Traffic Ticket FAQ in North Dakota
- I was ticketed. What do I do next?
- If I challenge the ticket and win, will the court return my bond money?
- What if I want to plead guilty, but can't pay the bond?
- Will I get points if ticketed?
- Will the state suspend my license if I get too many points?
- Can I do anything to reduce points from my driving record?
- Will a traffic violation affect my auto insurance rates?
- Why should I check my driving record?
- What happens if I lose my traffic ticket?
- Should I hire a traffic ticket attorney?
You have 14 days from the citation date to post bond (North Dakota's way of saying "pay the fine"). You must submit it, along with the citation, to the court listed on your citation. If you plan on challenging the ticket, you must request a hearing date when posting bond.
Yes, if you fight your ticket in court and receive a favorable verdict, your bond payment will be returned.
If you want to plead guilty, but lack the funds to post bond, contact the court in person and ask for an extension.
Yes. The state will assign points to your driving record. Read more in our Traffic Ticket Fines & Penalties section.
Your ND driver's license will be suspended if you accumulate 12 or more points on your driving record. Or, if you're younger than 18 years old, you will lose your driving privileges for 6 points or more.
Yes. Visit our Point Reduction page for a more detailed answer.
Traffic violations are usually followed by higher car insurance rates. If your premiums exceed your budget, consider shopping around for a new provider. Comparing car insurance rates online is a convenient and effective way for a finding coverage that fits your needs and budget.
It's always a smart idea to know where you stand with points. If your point total is approaching the state's suspension mark, you may look into getting points reduced by enrolling in a state-approved driver training course.
You will need to contact the presiding court as explained in our Lost Traffic Ticket page.
A traffic ticket attorney might improve your chances for reduced charges or a dismissed ticket. This in turn will spare you of points, the possible loss of driving privileges and increased car insurance rates.