Pay Traffic Ticket in Wyoming
The payment options for your WY traffic ticket will vary by court. You may be able to pay it online, by mail, or in person. For specific instructions, refer to your WY traffic ticket and/or contact the relevant circuit or municipal court listed on your ticket.
NOTE: A court appearance may be mandatory.
Continue reading for more details about paying your traffic ticket in Wyoming.
(Plead Guilty or No Contest)
Paying your WY traffic ticket is the equivalent of admitting guilt. You'll plead "guilty" or "no contest" to the traffic violation, pay your ticket fine, and deal with any associated penalties―which depend on your Wyoming driving record and the traffic offense.
Generally, choosing this option means:
- Paying your WY traffic ticket and associated costs online, if eligible (see below).
- Having a traffic violation appear on your WY driving record, which can put you at risk for license suspension.
- Your auto insurance rates probably will increase.
Note that if:
- You have a WY instruction permit or intermediate driver's license and commit a traffic violation that suspends your restricted privileges, it prevents you from moving on to the next licensing phase.
- You're charged with DWUI, pleading "guilty" or "no contest" puts you at risk for stiff penalties and high fines. Plus, you might have to undergo substance abuse assessments and counseling. Refer to our WY DWUI page.
Paying Your WY Ticket On Time
Drivers who opt to plead "guilty" and pay their WY traffic tickets must pay those ticket fines by the hearing date printed on their citations.
Most courts send a notice if the driver doesn't pay the ticket fine by the end of the grace period. The notice gives the driver a new date by which he or she must pay the traffic ticket.
NOTE: In Wyoming, failure to pay a traffic ticket on time means license suspension and, depending on the traffic violation, an arrest warrant.
Plead Guilty as a CDL Driver
To plead "guilty" or "no contest," CDL drivers follow basically the same process as other drivers; however, WY CDL drivers must notify their employers within 30 days of a traffic violation conviction.
Also, some traffic violations put drivers' income and careers at risk. Head over to Ticket Fines and Penalties to learn more about federally-mandated penalties for CDL drivers.
Plead Not Guilty
For some drivers, pleading "guilty" or "no contest" is the quickest and most convenient way to put the incident behind them; for others, it's just not true.
The state allows any driver who feels he or she is innocent of the charges to plead "not guilty" and have his or her day in court.
Some Wyoming courts allow drivers to pay their WY traffic ticket fines online, including through the Wyoming Online Citation Payment System.
Check to see if your traffic court allows online ticket payments; if so, be prepared to:
- Provide your full name and address.
- Provide your citation-specific information such as the traffic ticket number, court date, and ticket fine.
- Pay a processing fee associated with online ticket payments.
Keep reading for additional ways to pay your traffic ticket fine in Wyoming.
When online ticket payment is not an option, drivers can pay their traffic tickets either by mail or in person.
Courts vary on payment options and methods, but your WY traffic citation will include specific instructions about how and where you can pay your ticket.
- The court's name and mailing or physical address.
- Acceptable ticket payment options (by mail or in person).
- Acceptable payment methods. Find out if the court accepts personal checks, money orders, cashier's checks, cash, and/or credit cards (and which ones).
If the information on your WY traffic ticket is unclear, contact your court.
Wyoming doesn't use a point system.
Check Your WY Driving Record
You put your driving privileges at risk each time you plead "guilty" to a traffic violation, so it's important to stay on top of your WY driving record.
You see, the state's lack of a point system doesn't matter when it comes to recording traffic violations; Wyoming implements license suspension if you accumulate too many moving violations on your Wyoming driving record.
Be sure to check your WY driving record after you plead "guilty" or "no contest" to:
- Make sure the state added the correct traffic violation to your WY driving record.
- See how close you are to license suspension; you can adjust your driving habits accordingly.
Because pleading "guilty" or "no contest" to a WY traffic ticket is the same as admitting guilt or being found guilty, your auto insurance company might increase your rates. Usually, the provider waits until the policy is up for renewal.
Talk with your agent about a possible increase, and if you find out your rates will be higher, start comparing insurance quotes online now to find a better deal.