Lost Traffic Ticket in New Mexico

SUMMARY: How to Find Lost Traffic Ticket Information in New Mexico

If you lost your NM traffic ticket, you can contact the traffic court handling your case for details about your lost ticket. Be sure to find out how to respond to your charge, as well as your ticket fines, deadlines, and payment methods.

If you need to find traffic tickets, you've come to the right place. Below you'll find information related to lost traffic tickets that were issued as a result of a moving violation such as a speeding ticket or a red light ticket. Also in certain circumstances, some of the information may help you find a lost parking ticket, but it's best to confirm this with your local court prior to making any assumptions.

Determine Where You Were Cited in New Mexico

You'll need to act fast if you have a lost NM traffic citation. To avoid additional penalties and fines, you'll need to respond to your traffic ticket by the due date. If you miss your traffic ticket's appearance date, the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) may suspend your driver's license and the court may issue a bench warrant for your arrest.

First, pinpoint where you received your NM traffic ticket. If you can't remember the exact location, narrow it down to county. If you were ticketed by either the State Police or the Sheriff's Department, you'll need to call the county's or district's Magistrate Court to find out about your lost ticket. If you were ticketed by a municipal officer, you will need to either call the district's Municipal Court, or, if in Albuquerque, the Metropolitan Court.

Call the NM Traffic Court

Unfortunately if you can't find ticket information, you can't just call the New Mexico MVD to get information about it. Instead you must call the presiding New Mexico court and explain your situation. The court clerk will retrieve your lost ticket information and instruct you on how to proceed. If the court has no record of your NM traffic violation, call the surrounding courts near where you were cited. For instance, if you think you were cited somewhere near Santa Fe and tried the Magistrate Court, which oversees Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, and Los Alamos counties, without success, next call Santa Fe's Municipal Court.

Decide How You'll Plead to Your NM Ticket

Once you obtain information about your lost ticket, decide on one of three pleas to your traffic violation:

The first two options require paying your traffic ticket fine. In New Mexico, pleading "not guilty" to your traffic violation mandates appearing in court. Regardless of your plea, decide fast. The court will not accept a lost traffic ticket as a legitimate excuse if you miss your traffic ticket's listed appearance date.

Pay Ticket
(Plead Guilty or No Contest)

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Fight Ticket
(Plead Not Guilty)

  • Contest traffic citation via trial.
  • Choose to represent yourself or hire an attorney.
  • Possibly lose option to plea bargain for lesser penalties.
  • No penalties if found not guilty, but must pay court/attorney fees.

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