Lost Traffic Ticket in Texas

SUMMARY: How to Find Lost Traffic Ticket Information in Texas

If the TX Highway Patrol issued your traffic ticket, you can search for your lost ticket online at the Department of Public Safety (DPS) website. If you were ticketed by a sheriff or local police officer, you'll need to contact the appropriate traffic court for details about your lost traffic ticket.

The information you'll find below can help you find information about a lost traffic ticket. This page refers to traffic citations that were issued as a result of a moving violation. These types of traffic tickets include; an unsafe lane change ticket, a red light ticket, a speeding ticket, and more. In certain situations the information may also apply to a lost parking ticket, but please verify with your traffic court to make sure.

If you were cited by a Texas Highway Patrolman, you can conduct an online search for your lost traffic ticket. Simply enter your name, driver's license number, and date of birth into the online ticket search system on the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) website.

If you were pulled over by a sheriff or local police officer, the above site won't get you very far. Instead, you must look specifically at the Texas county court website to find out if the county where you received your TX traffic ticket offers an online search option to find a lost ticket.

Determine Where You Were Ticketed

As stated above, if you can't find ticket information, you will need to contact the TX county court where you committed the moving violation. Again, if you were pulled over by the Texas Highway Patrol (THP), use the TX DPS online ticket search to track down your lost traffic citation.

Visit the Texas County Court Website

Once you narrow down where you received your TX traffic ticket for your moving violation, start looking online for the county website. Each Texas county handles tickets differently, so not just any county site will do. Once you locate the traffic violation and county court info that pertains to you, inquire about next steps to resolve the citation so the state won't issue a warrant for your arrest.

Be sure to ask about the deadline date to respond listed on your lost ticket.

Decide How You'll Plead To Your TX Ticket

After you obtain information about your lost traffic ticket in Texas, you can submit your plea for your traffic violation. In Texas, you have three ways to plead once you've been cited for a traffic infraction or moving violation:

The first two options require you to pay the ticket fines listed on your TX traffic citation. Pleading "not guilty" opens a whole new set of procedures to follow. Learn more on all these options on our sections that cover how to pay a TX traffic ticket and how to fight a traffic ticket in Texas.

If you choose to fight the charge in traffic court, you may want to hire a traffic ticket attorney to help your case.

NOTE: A lost ticket is a not a valid reason to miss your deadline date to respond to your traffic citation. If you're unsure about specific details about your charge, contact the TX county court or search online to find traffic violation information.

Pay Ticket
(Plead Guilty or No Contest)

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Fight Ticket
(Plead Not Guilty)

  • Contest traffic ticket via trial.
  • Choose to represent yourself in traffic court or hire an attorney.
  • No penalties if found not guilty, but must pay traffic court/attorney fees.
  • Possible option to take driver safety course and get ticket dismissed/points reduced.

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