Lost Traffic Ticket in Ohio

SUMMARY: How to Find Lost Ohio Traffic Ticket Information

If you lost your OH traffic ticket, contact the appropriate traffic court for specific details, such as your traffic ticket fine amount, deadline date, and how to make your plea.

NOTE: You may be able to find an online ticket search feature on your traffic court's website.

Continue reading this page for more information about lost traffic tickets in Ohio.

Determine Where You Were Ticketed in Ohio

You must contact the OH traffic court that was listed on your lost traffic ticket. This requires determining where you received your Ohio traffic citation. If you can't recall the exact location, pinpoint the county.

Be sure to act fast; a traffic ticket plea must be entered before your traffic citation's appearance date. The court will not accept "I lost my traffic ticket" as a legitimate excuse. Failing to submit a plea to your traffic ticket will result in the loss of driving privileges and a possible bench warrant for your arrest.

NOTE: If you are trying to find a lost parking ticket, you'll need to contact the parking violations bureau in the city where you received the parking ticket. Read below to learn how to find ticket information for a moving violation (i.e., red light ticket, speeding ticket, etc.)

Contact the OH Traffic Court

After determining the general location where you received your traffic citation, contact the county's Municipal Court. The court clerk will offer important details about your lost ticket, and explain how to enter a plea.

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) can only provide general information about traffic tickets and not about your specific traffic violation. However, you can try calling your local BMV office to see if they can direct you to the appropriate traffic court.

Decide How You'll Plead to Your OH Traffic Ticket

Once you obtain your lost ticket information, decide on how to plea. In Ohio, you have three plea options:

  • Guilty―This requires paying the ticket fine for your traffic violation.
  • No contest―This also requires paying your ticket fine.
  • Not guilty―You must enter this plea in traffic court on the day and time listed on your Ohio traffic citation.

Enter your plea before the citation's appearance date to avoid additional penalties. If you plan to contest your traffic ticket, consider getting in contact with a local traffic ticket attorney to help you build your defense and represent you in court.

Pay Traffic Ticket
(Plead Guilty or No Contest)

  • Pay the ticket fine.
  • Option to plea bargain penalties.
  • Incur points on your driving record (could lead to license suspension/revocation).
  • Possibly incur increase on auto insurance rates.
  • Possibly have points reduced by attending a remedial driving school.

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Fight Traffic Ticket
(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 not guilty, but must pay court/attorney fees.

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