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Pay Traffic Ticket in Ohio

SUMMARY: How to Pay an Ohio Traffic Ticket

Depending on the nature of your violation and where you received your traffic ticket, you may be able to pay your fine online, by mail, or in person. Refer to your OH traffic ticket or contact the appropriate traffic court for specific instructions.

On this page, you'll find all the information you need about paying a traffic ticket fine in Ohio.

Pay Ticket
(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).
  • Possibly incur increase on auto insurance rates.
  • Possibly have points reduced by attending a remedial driving school.

Learn more by reading below.

Fight 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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Fighting Your Traffic Ticket »

What It Means to Pay Your OH Traffic Ticket

Paying your OH traffic ticket is an admission of guilt. This means:

  • You are willfully waiving your right to a trial in traffic court.
  • You may have points assigned to your Ohio driving record.
  • Additional points to your driving record may lead to the suspension of your Ohio driver's license. Depending on your situation, you may be eligible for a credit of 2 points by completing a state-approved remedial driving course.
  • The appearance of the traffic violation on your driving record could increase your car insurance premiums.

Ignoring your traffic ticket comes with heavy repercussions, including the suspension of your OH driver's license and a possible bench warrant for your arrest.

Pleading Guilty as Ohio CDL Driver

You must notify your employer and the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) within 30 days of any traffic violation conviction. This applies to all situations, regardless of vehicle or whether it occurred in or out of state. For more information, consult Ohio's CDL handbook.

Pleading Not Guilty

You also have the option to challenge your OH traffic citation in court and plead "not guilty." Presenting a strong defense could sway the court to reduce charges or dismiss the traffic ticket. Learn what steps to take in our Fighting Your Traffic Ticket section.

Pay Your Ohio Traffic Citation

Each court has different payment options. Most allow payment by mail or in person, while other traffic courts also offer the option to pay online. Check your OH traffic citation for payment instructions. If you've misplaced it, read what to do on our Lost Traffic Ticket page.

Pay an OH Ticket Online

To pay your ticket fines online, you'll need to refer to your OH traffic ticket, or contact the traffic court handling your case for the correct website.

Pay a Traffic Ticket in Person

You can pay the court listed on your Ohio traffic ticket in person. However, each court accepts different forms of payment. Call before visiting and ask. Be sure to bring proof of auto insurance and a copy of your OH traffic citation.

Some traffic courts may offer a drop box for closed hours.

Pay Your OH Ticket by Mail

Mail your copy of the traffic ticket along with proper payment to the court listed on your citation. If you did not provide proof of car insurance (financial responsibility) when being cited, you will also need to send proof of insurance. Whether you need to provide insurance verification will be indicated on the traffic ticket.

Get Points Removed From Your OH Driving Record

Depending on the traffic offense, you may be eligible for a credit of 2 points by completing a remedial driver course. Learn more on our Defensive Driving Courses page.

Check Your Ohio Driving Record

After getting ticketed, check your OH driving record. If you know your point total is nearing Ohio's driver's license suspension mark of 12 points, you may want to look into enrolling in a remedial driver course in Ohio.

Shop for Lower OH Auto Insurance Rates

Increased car insurance rates usually coincide with Ohio traffic tickets. You can always counter by shopping around for a new provider. Comparing auto insurance rates online is a convenient way for finding affordable coverage.

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