Pay Traffic Ticket in Washington

SUMMARY: How to Pay a Washington Traffic Ticket

NOTE: Be sure to pay your ticket fines within 15 days to avoid further penalties.

Depending on your violation and county court, you may be able to pay your WA traffic ticket fines online, by mail, by phone, or in person. For specific details, refer to your WA traffic ticket or contact the appropriate traffic court.

Keep reading for details about paying a traffic ticket in Washington.

Pay Ticket
(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.
  • Possibly have points reduced by attending a remedial driving school.

Learn more by reading below.

Fight Ticket
(Plead Not Guilty)

  • Contest traffic ticket via trial.
  • Choose to represent yourself or hire an attorney.
  • Possibly lose option to plea bargain for lesser penalties.
  • No penalties if found not guilty, but must pay court/attorney fees.

Learn more about
Fighting a Traffic Ticket.

What It Means to Pay Your Washington Traffic Ticket

Paying a WA traffic ticket is an admission of guilt.

This means:

  • You are waiving your right to challenge the traffic ticket in court.
  • Depending on your WA driving record, the Department of Licensing (DOL) may suspend your Washington driver's license.
  • The traffic violation may cause an increase in your car insurance rates.

Pleading Guilty as a Washington CDL Driver

As a commercial driver, you must

  • Notify your employer within 30 days of a WA traffic violation conviction, regardless of vehicle you were operating.
  • Notify your employer by the end of the next business day if your WA CDL is suspended, revoked, or cancelled.

Pleading Not Guilty

You also have the option to challenge your traffic ticket in court. A solid defense could sway the court to reduce charges or even dismiss the ticket. Our Fight Traffic Ticket page tells it all.

Pay Your WA Traffic Ticket

Depending on the county court, you may have some or all of the following ticket payment options:

  • Online.
  • By phone.
  • By mail.
  • In person.

Ticket payment options will be explained on your WA traffic citation. If you have any questions, contact the presiding traffic court.

Be sure to act fast. The court must have your payment/plea before the court date listed on your traffic citation. If you do not comply, the WA DOL will send you a Notice of Suspension. Ignore this notice and the DOL will suspend your WA driver's license.

Washington Traffic Ticket Deferral

There is no ticket dismissal option in Washington. You can, however, if eligible, pursue a deferral with the presiding court. This means the court will not report your traffic citation to the WA DOL.

To complete the WA ticket deferral, you must:

  • Pay an administrative fee equal to the ticket's penalty amount.
  • Avoid any traffic infractions for 1 year.
  • Attend a traffic safety school.

Fail to meet any one of the requirements and the court will rescind the ticket deferral.

In Washington, you may take advantage of this option once every 7 years.

NOTE: Most courts require deferral requests several days before the ticket's posted appearance date. Check with your traffic court.

Check Your Washington Driving Record

The WA DOL will suspend your license if you're convicted of 6 moving violations within 12 months.

Always check your WA driving record for accuracy after getting ticketed―and, of course, check your driving status in Washington.

Shop for Lower WA Auto Insurance Rates

WA traffic tickets are usually followed by increased car insurance rates. You can always counter by shopping for a new provider.

Consider comparing rates online; it's a great way for finding a coverage plan that meets your needs and fits your budget.

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