Traffic Tickets in Virginia
Continue reading this page to learn what to do when you receive a traffic ticket in Virginia.
NOTE: Be sure to respond to your traffic ticket on time, as you could face additional charges and a warrant for your arrest.
Your traffic ticket fine will vary depending on the violation and county you were ticketed in. Check your traffic ticket for the exact fees and penalties.
In some cases, you will need to appear in court.
Driving Record Points
In addition to having to pay a fine, the VA Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) may also add points to your driving record. Points vary from 3 points to 6 points depending on the type of violation you committed, and stay on your record for 2 years.
For more information, visit our page on the DMV Point System in Virginia.
In Virginia, you can generally pay your traffic ticket either:
- Online (general district courts only).
- By mail.
- In person.
Refer to your ticket for payment instructions. It will specify when you must pay your fine by:
- Pre-court tickets:
- Can be paid before your court date. (Waives your court hearing.)
- Post-court tickets:
- Court appearance is mandatory.
- Can be paid after your court hearing.
For more information, please visit our Pay Traffic Tickets page.
Traffic School Courses
The VA Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offers driver improvement clinics.
Depending on your violation and driving history, completion of this course may be mandatory.
NOTE: Driver improvement clinics do not dismiss traffic tickets.
For more information, visit our Defensive Driving in VA page.
If you do not believe you are guilty of the violation on your traffic ticket, you can attend your court appearance and plead “not guilty."
Check your Virginia traffic ticket for instructions.
NOTE: To help your case, you may want to hire a traffic ticket attorney.
In Virginia, you can search for your lost traffic ticket online on the Virginia Courts Case Information website.
You can search by:
- Case number.
- Hearing date.
If you have any further questions, you can contact the traffic court in the county where you received the ticket.
If you have a commercial driver's license (CDL), you must notify your employer within 30 days of being convicted of a traffic violation, even if you weren't driving a commercial vehicle.
Your Virginia CDL will be suspended for 1 year if the court convicts you of any of the following violations:
- Operating a non-commercial vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher.
- Operating your commercial vehicle with a BAC of 0.04% or higher.
- Refusing a chemical test.
- Leaving the scene of an accident
Visit the following pages for details on traffic violations for commercial drivers in Virginia:
Still have questions? Our Traffic Ticket FAQ page has more information on topics, including:
- Missing your trial date.
- Requesting a different court date.
- Driving records.
- Dismissing traffic ticket points.
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