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Traffic Ticket FAQ in Vermont

What do I do if get a traffic ticket in Vermont?

You must first decide how you will plead―admitted, no contest or denied―. Check the appropriate box on your traffic citation and return it to the address listed within 20 days of your ticket date. The back of the white copy of your ticket has all the details. You can also learn more by checking out our pages titled Paying Your Traffic Ticket and Fighting Your Traffic Ticket

When you submit your answer to the VT Judicial Bureau, you can send payment at the same if you decide to plead admitted or no contest. Otherwise, you can wait to get a letter back from the court on payment deadlines or a hearing date (if you decide to deny the charges).

How can I get a VT traffic ticket dismissed?

There is no formal process for getting a traffic ticket dismissed in Vermont. You can't take a defensive driving course to erase a ticket or the driving record points that go with it. Instead, if you want to dispute the charges, you can fight your traffic ticket and plead your case to a judge. Depending on your unique situation, it might be worth consulting a traffic ticket attorney.

What if I have a VT CDL and get a traffic ticket?

The procedures for handling traffic tickets are the same for VT commercial drivers as they are for those with a regular license; you must decide to pay the fines or fight the traffic ticket and notify the Judicial Bureau. If convicted, then you must also notify your employer even if you were pulled over in your personal vehicle.

For more on traffic violations and penalties for CDL drivers, refer to our page on traffic ticket fines and penalties and the Vermont's CDL handbook.

What if I am younger than 18 and get a traffic ticket in Vermont?

First decide how you want to plead (admitted, no contest or denied). Then notify the Judicial Bureau within 20 days of getting the traffic ticket. Check the back of the white copy of the citation for specifics.

If you are convicted, you'll see an increase in the points on your driving record. Depending on whether you hold a VT learner permit or Junior Operator License those points could delay you from upgrading your license. Visit our page on traffic ticket fines and penalties for more info.

Will taking a motorcycle safety course help me with a VT traffic ticket I got while riding?

Course completion won't knock off any points on your driving record nor will it help get a traffic ticket dismissed. The state offers no such program for reducing the penalties of a traffic violation. However, touching up on your riding skills could prevent a future ticket and also get you a discount on your motorcycle insurance rate.

Can I take a defensive driving course to reduce the number of VT driver's license points on my driving record?

No. Vermont doesn't offer this option to drivers. In fact, the only way to see a reduction in points is to wait it out. However, taking an online traffic school course is always a good idea for refreshing your driver safety skills.

Why is it a good idea to order a driving record?

Because points on your driving record affect your driving privileges and your auto insurance rates, consider checking your driving record after getting a traffic ticket and completing a defensive driving course. You especially want to be sure the state's record accurately reflects the accurate number of points associated with your UT driver's license.

What is the cost of my Vermont traffic ticket?

Traffic ticket fines vary by offense. Consult our page on Vermont traffic ticket fines and penalties for a breakdown of fees. The total amount should be listed on your actual traffic citation If you've misplaced your traffic ticket, visit our page on tracking down lost traffic tickets.

How many points will I get if convicted?

Points differ by offense, yet they are consistent throughout the state. For example, blowing through a stop sign anywhere in VT will render two points on your driving record. Check out our page on Vermont traffic ticket fines and penalties for a list of traffic violations and the number of points assigned to each.

How can I find a lost traffic ticket online?

Vermont doesn't offer a statewide online ticket search option, so your best bet is to contact the police department in the city you were ticketed. Check out our page on tracking down a lost traffic ticket for full details. Also keep in mind that regardless of whether you lost your traffic citation, you must notify the VT Judicial Bureau on how you wish to plead.

When is it a good idea to hire a Vermont traffic ticket attorney?

If you decide to fight your Vermont traffic ticket, consider consulting a traffic ticket lawyer well versed in VT traffic laws who is also familiar with traffic court. A traffic ticket attorney is a great resource for helping you navigate the court system.

How many driving record points can I accumulate before the state suspends my VT driver's license?

Once you accumulate 10 points on your driving record, the Vermont DMV will send you a letter, notifying you of your license suspension. Keep in mind that the state doesn't have any programs in place to help you reduce the number of points on your driving record.

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