Pay Traffic Ticket in West Virginia

SUMMARY: How to Pay a West Virginia Traffic Ticket

To pay your traffic ticket in West Virginia, check your citation for instructions. Payment methods vary depending on the county you were ticketed in, and may include online, by mail, in person, or by phone.

Continue reading this page to learn more about paying your WV traffic ticket.

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 Defensive Driving Course (DDC).

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 Your Traffic Ticket.

What It Means to Pay Your Traffic Ticket

Paying your traffic ticket is a plea of guilt.

This means:

  • You are forfeiting your right to challenge the charge in court.
  • Points will be assigned to your WV driving record.
  • Depending on your driving history, the additional points may lead to the suspension of your West Virginia driver's license.
  • The violation's appearance on your driving record might cause a leap in your car insurance premiums.

Avoid Suspension

Failing to respond (by paying or requesting a hearing) by the citation's court date will result in the suspension of your West Virginia driver's license.

Pleading Guilty as a WV CDL Driver

In addition to paying a fine for a traffic ticket, you must also:

  • Notify your employer within 30 days of the traffic ticket conviction date.
  • Notify your employer within one day if your commercial driver's license (CDL) is suspended, revoked, cancelled, or disqualified.
  • Notify the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) when convicted of an out-of-state traffic violation.

West Virginia's CDL Manual details in length rules and regulations.

Pleading Not Guilty

You reserve the right to challenge your WV traffic ticket in court. A sound defense could sway the court to reduce charges or dismiss the ticket. Our Fight Traffic Ticket page has all the details.

Pay Your West Virginia Traffic Ticket

You will pay the traffic court listed on your citation. Payment options, which vary by court, will be explained on your traffic ticket.

Payment options may include:

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

NOTE: If you cannot pay the full traffic ticket fine amount, inquire about a payment plan. Call the court listed on your citation for information on how to pursue this option.

Pay Online

If offered, have the citation number and a valid credit card.

Pay by Mail

Mail the completed citation, along with payment, to the address listed on the traffic ticket. Play it safe and write the citation number on the check or money order.

Pay by Phone

Payment requires a valid credit card.

Pay in Person

Call the court listed on the citation for hours and accepted forms of payment.

Get Points Removed From Your Driving Record

Completing a state-approved defensive driving course (DDC) may earn you a reduction of points on your driving record. This option can be used once every 12 months.

Our Point Reduction page has all the details.

Check Your WV Driving Record

Check your West Virginia driving record after paying your traffic ticket. If your point total is nearing the WV DMV's suspension mark of 12 points, consider your options for removing points from your record.

Shop for Better Auto Insurance Rates

Increased car insurance rates usually follow a traffic ticket conviction. Counter a rate increase by shopping for a new provider. Comparing vehicle insurance rates online is a fast and convenient way to find a coverage package that meets your needs and fits your budget.

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