Traffic Tickets in South CarolinaPage Overview
South Carolina Traffic Tickets
If you get a traffic ticket in South Carolina―for any driving violation―be sure to read it carefully. Information that you will need to pay the ticket is provided on both the front and the back of the citation.
Each ticket contains a telephone number you must call after receiving the ticket. The courts need time to process the tickets, so wait a few days before you call.
The phone call will give you the details of your traffic ticket―where to pay, when to pay, and what to pay. Ask the agent how payments are accepted in the county where you received the ticket. Some South Carolina counties allow you to pay online; others require you to pay by mail or in person.
Most counties in South Carolina allow you to pay your traffic ticket online. Visit the SC government website and make sure you have your ticket handy. You will need to pick the county that you received your ticket in (which isn't necessarily the county you reside in) and follow the on-screen instructions.
NOTE: Online payments must be made by debit or credit card.
If the county you received your traffic ticket in DOES NOT accept online payments, contact the county court directly for instructions.
If you wish to contest your ticket, you may plead not guilty by appearing in traffic court on the assigned day. Ask the agent on the phone for the process for that county, since the procedure varies in each county.
If you are issued a traffic ticket in South Carolina, in addition to paying the fine and/or appearing in court, you will likely also have points added to your driving record. The general rule of thumb is, the more severe your violation, the more points that will be added.
Once you accumulate 12 points or more on your driving record, the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will suspend your driver's license.
You may be eligible to have the number of points on your record reduced by completing an approved defensive driving course. Of course, the best option is to avoid violating any traffic laws in the first place.
For more information, visit our following pages:
- DMV Point System in South Carolina
- Suspended License in South Carolina
- Defensive Driving in South Carolina
An additional negative to receiving a traffic ticket in South Carolina, is the effect it will have on your auto insurance rate. Insurance companies have access to your driving record and will adjust your premium according to any offenses, accidents, and other relevant information they find.
In certain cases, completing a defensive driving course may help you avoid having your insurance rates rise; however, this isn't always an option.
For more information about traffic tickets and your car insurance policy, contact your insurance agent directly.
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