Lost Traffic Ticket in West Virginia

SUMMARY: How to Find Lost West Virginia Traffic Ticket Information

If you lost your WV traffic ticket, you'll need to contact the appropriate West Virginia court. The WV traffic court will be able to provide details about your lost ticket, including ticket fines, court dates or deadlines, and payment options.

Keep reading this page to learn about lost traffic tickets in West Virginia.

Determine Where You Got Your Traffic Ticket

To get information about your lost ticket, you need to contact the court that was listed on your West Virginia traffic ticket.

If you don't recall the court, try to remember the place where you were ticketed. You don't need the exact street location; either a town or a county will usually suffice to find your ticket.

NOTE: If you're looking for details about a lost parking ticket in West Virginia, you'll need to contact the parking authority in the city where you received it.

Contact the West Virginia Traffic Court

West Virginia traffic violations are handled by Municipal Courts and Magistrate Courts.

Recalling the citing law enforcement agency will help with pinpointing which court to call for your traffic citation. If you were cited by a town police officer, call the Municipal Court―in many towns and cities, these are called town halls and you can find a telephone number for yours in your local listings. You'll need to take these steps to find lost ticket information.

If you were ticketed by the Sheriffs Department or the Highway Patrol, call the Magistrate Court.

The WV court clerk will explain how to proceed with entering your plea.

Decide How You'll Plead to Your WV Traffic Ticket

Once you find the information from your lost traffic ticket, you'll need to submit a plea, usually based on whether you feel you committed the traffic violation or not. In West Virginia, you have three plea options:

Act fast. West Virginia traffic tickets are time sensitive. Your court will not accept "I lost my traffic ticket" as a worthy excuse.

Failing to submit your traffic ticket plea before the listed court date on your traffic citation will result in the suspension of your WV driver's license and possibly a bench warrant being issued for your arrest. If you plan to fight your traffic violation in court, you could benefit from seeking the help of a local traffic ticket attorney in West Virginia. An attorney can be especially helpful if you are being charged with a serious traffic offense or moving violation (e.g., red light tickets, speeding tickets, etc.)

Pay Traffic Ticket
(Plead Guilty or No Contest)

  • Pay the ticket 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 Defensive Driving Course (DDC).

Learn more about
Paying a Traffic Ticket.

Fight Traffic 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.

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