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    Pay Your Washington
    Traffic Ticket Online!

    • 100% Online Service
    • Avoid Fines & Warrants
    • Instant Court Notification
    • Secure Payment Protection

    Note:If your court is not listed, please follow the instructions on your ticket

    Thanks to this court-approved online service, paying for citations has never been easier.

    Know Your Options

    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
    Fight Traffic Ticket.

    What it Means to Pay Your Washington Traffic Ticket

    Paying a traffic ticket is an admission of guilt.

    This means:

    • You are waiving your right to challenge the ticket in court.
    • Depending on driving record, the Department of Licensing (DOL) may suspend your Washington driver's license.
    • The 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 traffic violation conviction, regardless of vehicle you were operating.
    • Notify your employer by the end of the next business day if your CDL is suspended, revoked, or cancelled.

    Pleading Not Guilty

    You also have the option to challenge the 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 court, you may have some or all of the following payment options:

    • Online
    • Phone
    • Mail
    • In person

    Payment options will be explained on your citation. If you have any questions, contact the presiding court.

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

    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 DOL.

    To complete the 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 deferral.

    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 court.

    Check Your Driving Record

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

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

    Shop for Better Auto Insurance Rates

    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.