Pay Traffic Ticket in New Jersey

SUMMARY: How to Pay a New Jersey Traffic Ticket

Depending on your violation, you may be able to pay your traffic ticket fines online, by mail, or in person. For details on your ticket payment options (and whether you must appear in court), refer to your NJ traffic ticket or contact the appropriate court.

NOTE: You may need to pay additional surcharges.

Keep reading this page to learn about paying your traffic ticket fines in New Jersey.

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 below

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).

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Fighting Your Traffic Ticket »

What It Means to Pay Your Traffic Ticket

Paying your NJ traffic ticket outright is the equivalent of admitting guilt; you plead "guilty" and send your money to the appropriate municipal court.

Any other related fines, surcharges, and penalties depend on the driver and the traffic violation.

  • Unless your New Jersey traffic ticket states otherwise, you can pay your fine online.
  • Pleading "guilty" and paying the fine means accumulating points on your NJ driving record.
  • Most drivers can enroll in state-approved defensive driving courses to reduce accumulated points.
  • Generally, auto insurance providers increase rates after a violation, but some offer discounts for defensive driving and driver improvement courses.

Note that:

  • Younger drivers face stiffer penalties for certain traffic violations, like DUI convictions.
  • Your NJ traffic ticket will state whether a court appearance is required.

The front of your NJ traffic ticket includes a court date and time under the “Notice to Appear" section. You must pay your traffic ticket fine by this date; if you don't, you'll receive a “Failure to Appear" notice with further instructions and information about consequences. Consequences can include but aren't limited to an arrest warrant and driver's license suspension.

NOTE: The “Notice to Appear" section doesn't mean your appearance in court is mandatory; the only time you're required to appear in court is when the box labeled “Court Appearance Required" is marked.

Pleading Guilty as a CDL Driver

In New Jersey, commercial drivers must notify their employers within 30 days of being convicted of a traffic violation.

As a CDL driver, you can plead "guilty" and pay your fine like any other driver; however, for commercial drivers, pleading "guilty" to certain offenses means a driver's license suspension and sometimes outright cancellation.

Check our Traffic Ticket Fines and Penalties page for more information.

Plead Not Guilty

New Jersey makes it easy to plead "guilty" and pay traffic tickets online, and for some drivers this is the most convenient option.

However, if you believe you're innocent or were unfairly cited, you can fight the traffic ticket in court. Learn more at Fighting Your NJ Traffic Ticket.

Pay Your New Jersey Traffic Ticket Online

Using NJMCdirect, all drivers can pay NJ traffic ticket fines online.

Before beginning the process, make sure:

  • You have your NJ traffic ticket available. You must enter the court identification number, the ticket prefix, and the ticket number.
  • You have your license plate number available.
  • You have a VISA or MasterCard credit or debit card.
  • You agree to pay the convenience fee (based on the fine amount).
  • Your NJ traffic ticket doesn't state you must appear in court. This information is in red on the front of your ticket (near the bottom).

If you're unable to pay your NJ ticket online, read on.

Other NJ Traffic Ticket Payment Options

New Jersey also provides the options to pay traffic ticket fines in person or by mail to the appropriate municipal courts.

In Person

Courts can vary on the payment methods they accept, so be sure to contact your court before you head out to pay your NJ ticket fine in person.

By Mail

NJ municipal courts accept personal checks and money orders. Send either form of payment to the address listed at the top right of the traffic ticket.

Make the check or money order payable to the New Jersey municipal court and be sure to include the complaint number (printed on the traffic ticket).

Get Points Removed from Your NJ Driving Record

In New Jersey, pleading "guilty" means accumulating driving record points, but you can offset these points by completing a New Jersey state-approved defensive driving course. You can enroll once every 5 years to have 2 points taken off your NJ driving record.

Visit Defensive Driving to learn more about reducing your driving record points.

Check Your NJ Driving Record

In New Jersey, you may want to keep tabs on your driving record to make sure:

  • You received only the applicable number of points after pleading "guilty."
  • The defensive driving course you completed removed 2 points from your record.

We can help you order your driving record today.

Shop for Better NJ Auto Insurance Rates

It's likely your New Jersey auto insurance provider will increase your rates after being convicted of a NJ traffic violation. You'll see this increase once it's time to renew your policy.

To avoid any surprises, contact your insurance agent and find out:

  • What, if any, kind of increase you can expect.
  • Whether your provider will give you a discount for completing a defensive driving course.

If you find out your rates will increase and your provider won't offer a discount, start comparing policy rates online to find a more affordable plan.

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