Pay Traffic Ticket in NevadaPage OverviewSUMMARY: How to Pay a Nevada Traffic Ticket
Depending on where you were ticketed, you may be able to pay your NV traffic ticket fine online, by mail, by phone, by MoneyGram, or in person.
For specific instructions, refer to the traffic ticket itself or contact the traffic court handling your case.
Continue reading this page for information about paying Nevada traffic tickets.
(Plead Guilty or No Contest)
- Pay the fine.
- Option to plea bargain penalties.
- Incur points on your driving record (could lead to license suspension/revocation).
- Possible option to take driving safety course to reduce points
- Possibly incur increase on auto insurance rates.
Learn more below.
(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.
- Be found guilty, pay fines, court/legal fees and be assessed penalties.
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Fighting Your Traffic Ticket »
Paying your NV traffic ticket is a plea of guilt. This means:
- The state will assess points to your Nevada driving record. The more serious the violation, the higher the points. Learn more about Nevada's point system on our Points page.
- Your Nevada driver's license may be suspended due to an excessive number of points on your driving record.
- Depending on the traffic violation and the policies of your car insurance provider, you might see a jump in your auto insurance premiums.
- Getting points added to your NV driving record isn't a great thing, but you CAN take a state-approved traffic school course to reduce points.
Failing to pay or respond to your NV traffic ticket before the court date on your ticket comes with consequences. The court will issue a bench warrant for your arrest, which could affect your credit rating and lead to the suspension of your driver's license.
Pleading Guilty as a CDL Driver
While holding a Nevada commercial driver's license (CDL), you must report any traffic violations to your employer within 30 days. This applies to all vehicles, including your own car. For more information on CDL penalties, consult Nevada's CDL manual or our page titled NV Traffic Ticket Fines and Penalties.
Pleading Not Guilty
You always have the option to plead "not guilty" to your traffic ticket in Nevada. Presenting a strong defense could reduce your charges or have the traffic ticket dismissed. Learn more on our Fighting Your Traffic Ticket page.
Mandatory Court Appearance
Be aware than not all traffic tickets can be settled with a payment. Serious traffic infractions―DUI, leaving the scene of an accident―usually require a mandatory court appearance. This information should be clearly stated on your Nevada traffic ticket.
Depending on the NV county or municipality from where you were ticketed, you may have the option to pay your traffic ticket online.
Determine Where You Got Your Traffic Ticket
Traffic tickets are issued by county and municipality. This means, for example, that if you were ticketed for speeding in Reno, you will have to pay the ticket with the Reno court, even if you live elsewhere in Nevada. Each county and city/town handles NV citations differently in terms of payment options ( online, in person, by mail, by MoneyGram, or by phone) and response time.
If you're unsure about where you were cited, refer to your NV traffic ticket for all the information you'll need to know on how to respond, including the court address and contact information. If you've misplaced your traffic citation, read about your options on our Lost Traffic Ticket page.
Visit the Proper County or Municipality Website
Using your Nevada traffic ticket, check if the county or town has a website; if it does, most sites will provide information on how to pay your fine.
If there is no website, call the Nevada court listed on your traffic ticket for payment assistance.
Depending on the county or municipality, you may have some or all of the following payment options:
- In person.
- By mail.
- By MoneyGram.
- By phone.
Call the court if you have any payment questions.
Make it a point to call the traffic court handling your case if you plan to pay in person, and ask about hours and payment options. Some courts, for instance, may not accept personal checks or credit cards; information you'll want to know before leaving your house to pay.
Also be sure to pay close attention to when the traffic ticket payment is due. Failing to pay on time could result in a bench warrant for your arrest.
Traffic tickets typically add points to your Nevada driving record. If you have accumulated between 3 to 11 points on your driving record, you may have the option to have 3 points removed by completing a DMV-approved traffic safety course. Learn more by reading our Defensive Driving page.
Whenever points have been added or removed, check your driving record for accuracy. Make sure the point total is correct. Any added points could lead to your NV driver's license getting suspended, or cause an unwarranted increase in your car insurance rates.
Shop for Better NV Auto Insurance Rates
After getting ticketed and checking your Nevada driving record, ask your car insurance company how your traffic violation will affect your premiums. Depending on your insurance provider's policies, you may see a jump in your rates at renewal time. Should this occur, you always have the option to compare car insurance rates online.Other Topics in This Section