Pay Traffic Ticket in Virginia

SUMMARY: How to Pay a Virginia Traffic Ticket

In Virginia, you may be able to pay your traffic ticket either online or by mail. Unless a court appearance is mandatory, you can go ahead and pay your fine before your scheduled court day and avoid having to appear at a hearing.

Continue reading this page to learn how to pay your traffic ticket in VA.

NOTE: Paying your traffic ticket in Virginia is an admission of guilt and you waive your right to a trial.

Know Your Options

In Virginia you have the option to plead "guilty" and pay your ticket or plead "not guilty" and go before a judge to discuss or contest the charges. Learn more about what each entails to help you decide your best course of action in VA.

Pay Ticket
(Plead Guilty)

  • Pay the fine online, by mail or in court.
  • Option to plea bargain penalties in court.
  • Incur points on your driving record (could lead to license suspension/revocation).
  • Possibly incur increase in auto insurance rates.
  • Option to take eight-hour driving improvement clinic to reduce demerit points.

See the information below.

Fight Ticket
(Plead Not Guilty)

  • Contest traffic ticket in court.
  • Choose to represent yourself during trial or hire an attorney.
  • No penalties if found not guilty, but must pay court/attorney fees.
  • If found guilty, incur points on driving record and possible increase in car insurance rates.
  • If found guilty, possible option to take eight-hour driving improvement clinic to reduce demerit points.

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Fighting your Traffic Ticket »

Online VA Traffic Ticket Payment

Online traffic ticket payments are only available for eligible violations and will incur a 4% convenience fee.

Visit the General District Court website and search for your case. If you see a “Mark for Payment" link, you can pay your Virginia traffic ticket online. If you don't see this option, you will need to pay your ticket by mail.

You will need to enter your credit or debit card information for payment.

NOTE: Payments made after your court appearance must be received by the VA court within 30 days after hearing or your driver's license will be suspended. If you fail to pay your fine within 40 days of your court appearance, the court will charge you interest.

By Mail Traffic Ticket Payments

How you'll pay your traffic ticket by mail will depend on whether you're paying it before or after your court date.

NOTE: If you were charged with reckless driving, you cannot pay your traffic ticket before your court date.

Pay Before Your Court Date

NOTE: Payments must be received by the appropriate VA court 7 days or more before your scheduled court date. If it is received after your court date, you will be charged an additional fee.

To pay your Virginia traffic ticket by mail before your court date, follow the instructions on the back of your citation. You will need payment in the form of a:

  • Check, payable to the relevant district court.
  • Money order.
  • Certified check.
  • Credit card.
    • Depending on the type of traffic ticket you received, you may need to either fill in a credit card authorization form or call the district clerk to pay by credit card.

Send the payment for your traffic ticket to the Virginia court handling your case (shown on your traffic ticket):

Pay After Your Court Date

After your court appearance, contact the court handling your case and ask for:

  • The total fine amount you must pay.
  • The mailing address to send payment to.
  • Accepted payment methods. Your Virginia court may accept payment by:
    • Personal check.
    • Money order.
    • Certified check.
    • Credit card.

Your reference case number must be written on your check.

NOTE: You must pay your fine within 30 days after your court appearance or your VA driver's license will be suspended. If you still haven't paid after 40 days, you will accrue interest on your account.

Virginia Traffic Ticket Penalties

Once you've paid your traffic ticket in Virginia, you will likely experience additional penalties, such as:

For more information, visit our Traffic Ticket Fines and Penalties in Virginia page.

VA Traffic Tickets: FAQs

If you still have questions about how to pay your traffic ticket, or you to know what other options you have to respond to a citation, visit our Virginia Traffic Ticket FAQ page. We answer questions such as:

  • What do I do if I've lost my traffic ticket?
  • Should I order a driving record?
  • What if I'm a minor and receive a traffic ticket?
  • When should I think about hiring a traffic ticket attorney?

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