Lost Traffic Ticket in New Jersey

SUMMARY: How to Find Lost New Jersey Traffic Ticket Information

If you lost your NJ traffic ticket, you'll need to contact the traffic court in the county where you received your ticket. The court may request some personal information before providing details about your lost New Jersey traffic ticket.

NOTE: Be sure to ask about your ticket fines, court ID, ticket prefix and number, complaint number, and hearing date.

The information presented below will give you a general understanding of how to find a lost traffic ticket that was issued due to a moving violation such as a speeding ticket or a red light ticket. In some instances this information may also apply to a lost parking ticket, but you should always check with your local court for clarification.

To get lost ticket information, you can use NJMCdirect (the state's online payment system) if you have your license plate number and the:

  • Court identification number.
  • Ticket prefix number.
  • New Jersey traffic ticket number.
If you've misplaced your NJ traffic ticket, it's unlikely you have these numbers recorded somewhere; however, the state does offer this online option for traffic ticket and time payment option searches.

Determine Where You Got Your NJ Traffic Ticket

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) only has the capability to look up lost tickets that are already on a NJ driving record. To find current ticket information, you must contact the municipal court for the area in which you committed the traffic violation.

For some, this might involve a process of elimination. For example, if you can't remember the exact county in which you were ticketed and you can't find your ticket, you might be able to narrow the area down to two or three counties. Once you do that, you can begin contacting those municipal courts to obtain details about your lost ticket and traffic citation.

Visit the New Jersey County Court Website

The New Jersey Judiciary website provides addresses and telephone numbers for each local courthouse in the state. Use this information to contact the appropriate municipal court and get information about your lost NJ traffic ticket.

Be prepared to provide some basic information―such as your full name, driver's license number, and license plate number―and don't forget to ask the clerk for the:

  • Total traffic ticket fines and any related surcharges.
  • Court identification, traffic ticket prefix, and ticket numbers, in case you want to pay your ticket online.
  • Complaint number, in case you want to pay your ticket fines by mail.
  • Court date, so you'll know how much time you have to plead "guilty" to your traffic violation and pay, or plead "not guilty" and set up a hearing date.

NOTE: Some traffic violations require court appearances. Ask the clerk at your municipal court whether your traffic ticket indicates you must appear in court.

Decide How You'll Plead To Your NJ Ticket

Once you find your traffic ticket information, you can handle your citation in one of two ways:

  • Plead "guilty" and pay the ticket fine. This also means taking on any related penalties, and possibly experiencing an increase in auto insurance rates.
  • Plead "not guilty" and fight the traffic ticket in court.

NOTE: Regardless of how you plan to plead, some traffic violations require court appearances.

We outline each option in our Paying Your NJ Traffic Ticket and Fighting Your NJ Traffic Ticket sections.

Pay Ticket
(Plead Guilty)

  • Pay the fine.
  • Accumulate driving record points.
  • Risk license suspension (depending on points, violation).
  • Possibly experience higher auto insurance rates.
  • Enroll in driving course to offset points and possibly get an auto insurance discount.

Learn more about
Paying your Traffic Ticket »

Fight Ticket
(Plead Not Guilty)

  • Contest the ticket during a hearing.
  • Hire a traffic ticket lawyer or represent yourself.
  • Face no penalties if found not guilty.
  • Appeal the guilty verdict (if applicable).

Learn more about
Fighting your Traffic Ticket »

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