Pay Traffic Ticket in Rhode Island
You pay a traffic ticket handled by the RI Traffic Tribunal either online, by mail, by phone, or in person. Contact the appropriate municipal court to learn how to pay other types of traffic tickets.
This page contains information about paying a traffic ticket in Rhode Island.
(Plead Guilty or No Contest)
Essentially, paying your RI traffic ticket is an admission of guilt―even if you plead "no contest."
Other points to remember about paying your RI traffic ticket:
- You can pay a Traffic Tribunal ticket online (see below).
- Some RI traffic violations are serious enough for a suspended or revoked driver's license.
- Depending on your driving history, you could receive a habitual offender label.
- You auto insurance company will probably increase your rates.
- The judge might dismiss your traffic ticket on good driving record claim.
Your payment method and options depend on the court handling your RI traffic ticket. Your ticket is with a Tribunal Court if it's a state violation and a Municipal Court if it's a city violation.
Failure to pay your RI traffic ticket fine on time results in a default judgment and an order for:
- License suspension or revocation.
- Vehicle registration suspension.
- State income tax withholding.
Can't find your RI traffic ticket with the due by or hearing date? Head over to Lost RI Traffic Tickets.
Good Driving Record Ticket Dismissal
Per Rhode Island's “good driving record" statute, you can request the court dismiss your traffic ticket based on your good RI driving record; if the court agrees, your traffic ticket will disappear.
However, you must still pay all related costs.
Plead Guilty as a CDL Driver
Generally, you can plead "guilty" or "no contest" the same way any other driver would; however, you must:
- Notify your employer within 30 days of a RI traffic violation conviction.
- Understand that pleading to or being found "guilty" of certain offenses will severely affect your income and possibly your career.
Learn more at Ticket Fines and Penalties.
Plead Not Guilty in Rhode Island
Some drivers find pleading "guilty" and paying their fines more convenient than contesting their charges; others don't.
You can enter a "not guilty" plea during your arraignment and schedule a hearing to fight your traffic case in court. Refer to Fighting Your Traffic Ticket to learn more about this option.
You can pay your ticket online if your ticket is through the Traffic Tribunal. Visit the Rhode Island Judiciary Online Payment system to get started.
NOTE: Some traffic violations require the driver to appear in court. Check your traffic ticket for information about a mandatory court appearance before paying your ticket fine and moving on.
Keep reading if your traffic ticket is with a Municipal Court.
If your traffic ticket is with a Municipal Court, Rhode Island recommends contacting that court to ask about the traffic ticket payment options and methods it allows.
Generally, drivers can pay by mail, in person, or in some cases over the telephone. Remember to ask about acceptable methods like personal checks, money orders, cashier's checks, cash, and credit and debit cards.
Just as with Traffic Tribunal tickets, Municipal Court traffic tickets can require court appearances. Remember to check for such information on your RI ticket.
NOTE: Alternative payment methods such as these might be available to drivers with Ticket Tribunal cases who aren't able to pay online. Just contact the Ticket Tribunal for details.
Rhode Island doesn't assign points for RI traffic violations.
Check Your Rhode Island Driving Record
Even though you won't receive points for a traffic ticket, the violation will appear on your RI driving record.
Numerous people―from potential employers to auto insurance providers―look at your RI driving record when evaluating you, so checking yours is a good way to make sure it only shows what it should show.
You can then ask the DMV about what you can do or how long you must wait for the traffic violation(s) to disappear.
Learn more at RI Driving Records.
Unless your Rhode Island traffic ticket was dismissed per the state's good driving record statute, pleading "guilty" and paying your fine is the equivalent of being convicted, and most auto insurance providers increase rates after RI traffic convictions.
Talk with your agent about this possibility (usually, it doesn't take place until it's time for you to renew); if you find out you're facing an auto insurance rate increase, start comparing insurance quotes online to find more affordable coverage.
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