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    SUMMARY: West Virginia Traffic Tickets

    The process of handling a WV traffic ticket varies by violation and court. Depending on your situation, you may be able to pay your ticket fine online, by mail, by phone, or in person. If you would like to fight your ticket, you’ll need to appear in court.

    Continue reading this page for more details about traffic tickets in West Virginia.

    Traffic Ticket Fines and Penalties

    In West Virginia, traffic ticket fines and court costs vary by violation and court. Your traffic ticket should show the full amount. If you have specific questions, you’ll need to contact the appropriate WV traffic court.

    Driving Record Points

    When you’ve received a WV traffic ticket, you will receive points on your driving record, which will remain there for 2 years. Once you accumulate 5 points, the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will warn you that your driver’s license is close to being suspended.

    See our Point System and Suspended License pages for more information.

    NOTE: You may be able to complete a traffic school course to dismiss a ticket. To determine your eligibility, check your traffic ticket or contact the West Virginia court handling your case.

    Pay a Traffic Ticket in West Virginia

    Depending on your violation and WV court, you may be able to pay your traffic ticket fines:

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

    For specific details on how to pay your ticket fines, you’ll need to check your WV traffic ticket or contact the relevant court directly.

    Fight a WV Traffic Ticket

    NOTE: Failure to respond to your traffic ticket or appear in WV court by the deadline could result in a driver’s license suspension.

    To plead “not guilty” and fight your traffic ticket in West Virginia, you must appear in court. Refer to your traffic ticket or contact the WV court handling your case for information about your arraignment date and how to request a hearing.

    NOTE: Depending on your violation, you may want to hire a WV traffic ticket attorney.

    Lost Your Traffic Ticket?

    To get ticket information after losing your WV traffic ticket, you need to contact the West Virginia court handling your ticket.

    Be sure to ask about your ticket fines, deadlines, and payment options.

    Fines & Penalties for Commercial Drivers

    When you’re convicted of a WV traffic violation with a commercial driver’s license (CDL), you’re required to notify your employer within 30 days.

    You’ll lose your CDL for 1 year if you get a conviction due to any of the following offenses:

    • Driving with a suspended, revoked or cancelled CDL or being disqualified from having a CDL.
    • Operating your commercial vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.04% or higher.
    • Refusing to submit to a BAC test.
    • Leaving the scene of an accident.
    • Committing a felony while operating a CMV. This also covers the use of a CMV in distributing, making or dispensing a controlled substance.
    • Operating a CMV while under the influence of a controlled substance.
    • A fatality that is the result of operating a CMV negligently.

    You can learn more on our CDL Suspensions in WV page.

    West Virginia Traffic Tickets: FAQs

    Go to our Traffic Ticket FAQ page to learn more about responding to a traffic ticket in West Virginia. Topics include: