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Pay Traffic Ticket in Tennessee

SUMMARY: How to Pay a Tennessee Traffic Ticket

Unless you're required in court, you may be able to pay your TN traffic ticket fine online, by mail, or in person. Check your TN traffic ticket or contact the county court for payment instructions.

Keep reading to learn more about paying a traffic ticket in Tennessee.

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 defensive driving class.

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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Fight Traffic Ticket

What It Means to Pay Your TN Traffic Ticket

Paying your TN traffic citation is an admission of guilt, which means:

  • You are waiving your right to challenge the traffic ticket in court.
  • The TN Department of Safety (DOS) will assign points to your driving record.
  • Depending on your driving record, your TN driver's license may be suspended.
  • You may see a jump in your car insurance premiums.

Pay the TN Ticket On Time

You must pay before the compliance date listed on the traffic citation. Failure to act will result in a default judgment, leading to possible suspension of your Tennessee driver's license and even a bench warrant being issued for your arrest.

Pleading Guilty as a Tennessee CDL Driver

In addition to paying the TN traffic ticket fine, you must also:

  • Notify your employer within 30 days of the TN traffic violation conviction. This applies to all vehicles―including your home car―regardless of state.
  • Notify, if applicable, your employer by the end of the next business day after you have your commercial driver's license (CDL) suspended, revoked, or cancelled.

Pleading Not Guilty

Bear in mind that you also have the option to challenge your TN traffic ticket before a judge. A strong defense could sway the court to reduce charges or dismiss the ticket outright.

Learn what steps to take on our Fight Traffic Ticket page.

Pay Your Tennessee Traffic Ticket

Unless a mandatory court appearance is indicated on your TN traffic citation, you can pay the ticket fine any time before the due date.

Depending on the court, you will have all or some of the following payment options:

  • Online.
  • By mail.
  • In person.

Payment options will be explained on the traffic citation―including the website you must use for online payments.

Address questions to the Tennessee court listed on your traffic ticket.

Dismiss Your Traffic Ticket

Attending a court-approved defensive driving school will dismiss the traffic ticket, meaning no fine and no points on your TN driving record.

Check Your Tennessee Driving Record

It's always wise to check your TN driving record for accuracy after paying a traffic ticket. Verify points and listed violations. Alert the TN DOS of any errors.

Shop for Lower TN Auto Insurance Rates

Increased car insurance rates usually follow traffic ticket convictions in Tennessee. Counter a rate hike by shopping online for a new auto insurance provider.

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