Lost Traffic Ticket in PennsylvaniaPage OverviewSUMMARY: How to Find Lost Pennsylvania Traffic Ticket Information
If you lost your PA traffic ticket, you can try to find an online ticket search at the appropriate PA traffic court's website. If this option is unavailable, you'll need to contact the PA traffic court directly for specific details about your lost traffic ticket.
Below you'll find information about lost traffic tickets in Pennsylvania.
Most drivers won't be able to search for lost traffic tickets online. Some PA county court websites and even bigger city websites, like Philadelphia's Traffic Court site, might allow drivers to look for information like hearing dates, but typically, that's all.
Fortunately, a quick phone call or two usually can produce the necessary lost ticket information. Read on.
More often than not, traffic tickets in Pennsylvania are handled on a county, magistrate court level; however, depending on the area the driver was cited and the officer, the ticket could be handled on a smaller town or city court level.
Figuring out who cited you or where you were when you received your PA traffic ticket provides a starting point. Contact your county court and find out if your traffic ticket has been reported. If it hasn't, the clerk might be able to help you find the court where your ticket is located.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) can help, too. If your PA traffic ticket is active, a PennDOT representative can take your driver's license number and provide you with ticket information such as the county you were cited in, the court name and identification number, and your citation number.
If you're able to narrow down the appropriate court, you can contact that court to find out information about requesting a copy of your lost PA traffic ticket. Under normal circumstances, you'll just have to provide some basic information like your name and PA driver's license number.
Once you have your PA traffic ticket in hand (or at least have the necessary ticket information), determine how you will plead:
Unless there are extenuating circumstances (like a serious increase in driving record points), pleading "guilty" or "no contest" usually means paying your ticket fine and any related surcharges and continuing on with life.
Pleading "not guilty," however, requires a court hearing in Pennsylvania.Other Topics in This Section