Lost Traffic Ticket in Washington
Call the court that was listed on your citation.
If you never looked at the ticket and don't know the court, here's what to do:
- Try to remember where you were ticketed. You don't need the exact street name; just try to think of either the town or county.
- One you've pinpointed the general location, call either the presiding court. If you we're cited by a city or town police officer, call the Municipal Court; if you were ticketed by a county deputy sheriff or a trooper for the Washington State Patrol phone the County District Court.
After contacting the court, you'll be instructed on how to proceed. You must enter one of three plea options, as listed on the ticket
Move fast. You have 15 days to respond to the citation. The court will not accept "I lost my traffic ticket." If you fail to respond within this time frame, the Department of Licensing (DOL) will send you a Notice of Suspension.
(Plead Guilty or No Contest)
- Pay the fine.
- Option to plea bargain penalties.
- Incur points on your driving record (could lead to license suspension/revocation).
- Possibly incur increase on auto insurance rates.
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