Pay Traffic Ticket in NebraskaPage Overview
(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
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(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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Fighting your Traffic Ticket »
Paying a waiverable traffic ticket is an admission of guilt. This means:
- You pay the traffic ticket's fine amount, forfeiting your right to a trial by court.
- The state assigns points to your driving record. Depending on point amount, this could lead to the suspension of your Nebraska driver's license.
- The violation will appear on your driving record, causing a possible increase in your car insurance rates.
To avoid additional penalties, the payment must reach the court before the appearance date posted on your citation expires.
Note: A waiverable traffic ticket refers to a citation that can be settled by waiving your right to a trial.
Pleading Guilty as a Commercial Driver
You must, by law, notify your employer within 30 days of any traffic violation. This covers all situations in all states. Even, for example, if you're ticketed for speeding in Minnesota while driving a rental car, you'd still be required to alert your employer. You can learn more about CDL rules and regulations in Nebraska's Manual for Commercial Driver's Licensing.
Pleading Not Guilty
Keep in mind that you reserve the right to challenge your citation in court. Presenting a strong defense could lead to reduced charges or dismissal. Learn more in our Fighting Your Traffic Ticket section.
You have three ways to pay a waiverable citation: online, in person or by mail.
Most tickets can be paid through through Nebraska's Waiverable Citation Payment System. All that's required is your citation number and a debit or credit card (Visa, MasterCard).
Be sure, before using, that your ticket is waiverable. This will be indicated at the bottom of your citation.
Submit your payment to the court listed on your citation. Bring your ticket. Call ahead to inquire about accepted forms of payment. Some courts, for example, may not accept personal checks or cash.
Mail the ticket, along with check or money order, to the court address listed on your citation. Before mailing, be sure to check the "Guilty" box, sign the ticket and write your citation number on the check or money order.
Completing a state-approved defensive driving course will remove two points from your driving record. Learn more on our Point Reduction page.
After a citation conviction, it's always wise to check your driving record for accuracy. Verify that point amounts and listed violations are correct. You can read more about violations and assigned points by checking out Nebraska's point system.
If a traffic ticket causes your car insurance rates to jump, you always have the option to shop for a new provider. Find a policy that best meets your budget and coverage needs by comparing rates from different car insurance companies.Other Topics in This Section