Traffic Tickets in New JerseyPage Overview
Continue reading this page to learn more about what to do if you receive a traffic ticket in New Jersey.
Receiving a traffic ticket in New Jersey may result in:
- A heavy fine.
- Court costs.
- Points added to your driving record.
- Too many points can lead to a driver’s license suspension.
Your traffic ticket will show your total fine amount.
NOTE: If you have too many points on your driving record, or are charged for certain offenses, you may be assessed additional yearly surcharges on top of your fine.
Our Ticket Fines & Penalties page has more information on:
- Fines and penalties resulting in a driver’s license suspension/revocation.
- Avoiding a driver’s license suspension.
NOTE: Your traffic ticket will indicate whether a court appearance is mandatory.
If you must pay surcharges in addition to your fine, these can be paid:
- In person at a Western Union office.
- By calling (888) 651-9999.
- By mail (with a check or money order) to:
P.O. Box 4850
Trenton, NJ 08650
NOTE: Be sure to pay your traffic ticket fine before the listed due date to avoid further penalties.
For more information, see our Paying Traffic Tickets in New Jersey page.
Complete a Defensive Driving Course
In New Jersey, completing a traffic school course may:
- Remove points from your driving record.
- Avoid a driver’s license suspension from point accumulation.
NOTE: You cannot have a traffic ticket dismissed by completing traffic school.
For more information, visit our following pages:
To fight your traffic ticket, you must plead “not guilty” in court. Depending on your violation, you may already have to appear in court, but if not, you'll need to schedule a hearing.
Visit our Fighting Traffic Tickets page to learn more.
NOTE: For additional guidance, you may want to seek legal representation from a traffic ticket attorney.
If you’ve lost your traffic ticket, contact the traffic court in the county where you received the ticket. Be ready to provide your:
- Full name.
- NJ driver’s license number.
- License plate number.
You should ask for the following information:
- Fine amount.
- Court ID.
- Ticket prefix.
- Ticket number.
- Complaint number.
- Hearing date (if applicable).
If you have a commercial driver’s license (CDL), you must notify your employer within 30 days of receiving a traffic ticket in New Jersey.
You may face higher penalties as a commercial driver. For example, you could receive a CDL suspension of 1 year for:
- Driving any vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher.
- Refusing to submit to a sobriety test.
Still have questions? Please visit our Traffic Ticket FAQ page for more information about topics including:
Other Topics in This Section
- Benefits of driving records.
- Hiring a NJ traffic ticket attorney.
- Dismissing a traffic ticket in New Jersey.
- Student drivers.