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    SUMMARY: How to Pay a Vermont Traffic Ticket

    In Vermont, you can pay your traffic ticket online or by mail. You must respond to your citation within 20 days of receiving to avoid an additional fee. If you are unable to pay your traffic ticket on time, you can request a due date extension.

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

    NOTE: If you are looking for information on pleading “not guilty," visit our Fighting a VT Traffic Ticket page.

    Know Your Options

    In Vermont you have the option to plead "guilty" (“admitted" or “no contest") and pay your ticket fine to the Judicial Bureau or plead "not guilty" (denied) and state your case before a judge.

    Pay Ticket
    (Plead Guilty)

    • Pay the fine online or by mail.
    • Incur points on your driving record (could lead to license suspension/revocation).
    • Possibly incur increase on auto insurance rates.
    • No option to take defensive driving course to reduce points.

    Learn more below.

    Fight Ticket
    (Plead Not Guilty)

    • Contest traffic ticket in court.
    • Choose to represent yourself during trial or hire an attorney.
    • Possible option to plea bargain for lesser penalties.
    • No penalties if found guilty, but must pay court/attorney fees.

    Learn more about
    Fighting Your Traffic Ticket »

    Pay a Vermont Traffic Ticket

    You can pay your civil VT traffic ticket either online or by mail.

    You must pay your traffic ticket fine within 20 days to avoid being charged an additional $20 fee and having your case referred to a collection agency. If you need more time to pay your fine, you may request an extension.

    NOTE: Some traffic violations result in a mandatory court appearance. Your traffic ticket should state whether this is a requirement.

    Paying your traffic ticket means you are pleading “guilty" to committing the traffic violation and you will be penalized accordingly. See below for more information.

    Online

    Vermont traffic ticket payments can be made online on the VT courts website. You will need:

    • Your VT traffic ticket number.
    • An e-mail address.
    • A valid credit/debit card (MasterCard, VISA, or Discover card only).

    NOTE: It may take up to 3 business days for your online payment to be updated in the Judicial Bureau and Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) systems.

    By Mail

    You can pay your VT traffic ticket by mail, using a check or money order (write your traffic citation number on your payment). Send your payment to:

    Judicial Bureau
    P.O. Box 607
    White River Junction, VT 05001

    Make sure your address printed on your Vermont traffic ticket is correct. If it isn't, include your current address with your payment.

    Request a Payment Deadline Extension

    If you need more time to pay your traffic ticket, you can request a payment due date extension from the Vermont Judicial Bureau. Simply follow these steps:

    • Write a request that includes your:
      • Full name.
      • Address.
      • Date of birth.
      • Phone number.
      • Traffic ticket number.
      • Reason why you need an extension.
      NOTE: You can use the Request for Extension of Time to Pay (Form 423).
    • Provide the required $30 per complaint partial payment.
    • Mail your request and payment to:
    • Vermont Judicial Bureau
      P.O. Box 607
      White River Junction, VT 05001

    To avoid any late fees, the Vermont court must receive your request by the payment due date found on your traffic ticket.

    Traffic Ticket Penalties in VT

    Once you're convicted of a traffic violation in Vermont, the DMV will add points to your driving record. For major violations, your driver's license may be automatically suspended.

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

    It's important to check your driving record after paying your traffic ticket to make sure the correct number of points were added. Accumulating driving record points can lead to:

    • A suspended VT driver's license.
    • Increased auto insurance rates.

    If you find your car insurance rates are becoming too expensive, compare rates from other providers online.

    VT Traffic Tickets: FAQs

    If you have any questions regarding your traffic ticket in Vermont, visit our Traffic Tickets FAQ page; you may find your answer. Topics covered include:

    • How to dismiss a VT traffic ticket.
    • Driving record points.
    • Lost traffic tickets.
    • Hiring a traffic ticket lawyer.

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