Traffic Tickets in WashingtonPage Overview
Washington Traffic Tickets
Getting a traffic ticket in Washington doesn't just result in you having to pay a fine. Your violation will be reflected on your WA driving record, your auto insurance rates will likely increase, and you may even lose your driver's license.
The Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) keeps track of all your violations and they will be reflected on your driving record even if you move to another state.
When you receive your traffic ticket, all of the information you need will be listed on the ticket itself, including:
- The total fine amount you must pay.
- Payment options.
- Whether you need to appear in court.
- What your violation was.
- The date of your violation.
In some circumstances, you may be given the option to contest the traffic ticket if you don't believe you committed the violation. Check your traffic ticket for who to contact for more information.
In Washington, every time you receive a traffic ticket, the DMV will record the violation on your driving record. You want to keep track of how many tickets you have received as you risk a driver's license suspension if you commit too many moving violations. Moving violations include (but aren't limited to):
- Running a stop sign or red light.
- Reckless driving.
Non-moving violations generally don't count towards a driver's license suspension in Washington. These violations are usually given for illegal parking, such as parking:
- In a designated disabled parking spot without displaying a disabled placard.
- Beside an expired meter.
- In a no-parking zone.
Driver's License Probation
Your WA driver's license will be put on probation for 1 year if you receive:
- 4 traffic tickets (for moving violations) within 1 year.
- 5 traffic tickets (for moving violations) within 2 years.
While on probation, you must be very careful not to commit another moving violation. If you receive 2 traffic tickets for moving violations during this time, your Washington driver's license will be suspended for 30 days.
For more information, visit the Washington DOL website.
Suspended Driver's License
If you receive 6 moving violations within 12 months, the Washington DOL will suspend your driver's license for 60 days. You will then need to apply to reinstate your license which requires a $75 fee, on top of any new driver's license fees.
For more information, visit our Suspended License in Washington page.Pay Your Washington Traffic Ticket Online
Many county courts within the State of Washington will allow you to pay your traffic ticket instantly online. Select the court which issued your traffic ticket below and skip a trip to the traffic court.
If the Washington issuing court is not listed above, follow the instructions on below.
In addition to accumulating driving record points and having to pay fines and possibly other fees, you also risk an auto insurance rate increase by committing traffic violations. Insurance companies have access to your driving record and use it to determine your car insurance premium.
The more violations you have on your driving record, the higher your insurance rates will soar. To prevent this from happening, ask your insurance agent whether completing a defensive driving course/traffic school will help.
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