Pay Traffic Ticket in Arkansas
Responding to Your Traffic Ticket
Paying your Arkansas traffic ticket means you're pleading guilty or no contest.
- Pleading guilty means you're admitting guilt.
- Pleading no contest means you're agreeing not to contest the charges.
In either case, the courts treat the fines and penalties the same.
Some points to remember if you plead guilty or no contest:
- Some courts allow online payment.
- You'll accumulate driving record points.
- Depending on the violation and your current driving record, you could face a driver's license suspension or revocation.
- You'll likely face higher auto insurance rates the next time you renew your policy.
Your citation includes a hearing date; you must respond by this date. Failure to do so results in a driver's license suspension and an arrest warrant. Contact your Arkansas district court with any questions.
You'll follow the same procedure to plead guilty or no contest; however, as a commercial vehicle driver, you must notify your employer after being convicted of a moving violation.
NOTE: For some violations, commercial drivers face penalties severe enough to end their professional driving careers. Refer to our page on Ticket Fines and Penalties for more information.
How to Pay Your AR Traffic Ticket
Depending on your situation, you can pay your traffic ticket online, by mail, or in person.
Pay Traffic Tickets Online
Please note the following:
- Most courts require a major credit card to pay online.
- You must have your citation number.
- You're subject to a transaction fee.
Other Payment Methods
If paying online isn't an option for you, you'll need to check your Arkansas traffic ticket for specific payment methods and options; generally, this means paying in person or by mail.
Contact your court to verify how to proceed and which payment methods they accept.
Driving School in Arkansas
As long as your citation wasn't for a major offense, your judge might allow you to complete a defensive driving course to offset the ticket. Be sure to ask, and if you're eligible, the court will provide you with information related to approved schools, time limits, and any additional fees and documents.
Refer to our section on Defensive Driving in Arkansas for more details.
Check Your Driving Record
If you plead guilty to a traffic ticket in Arkansas, points will likely be added to your driving record. Unfortunately, Arkansas doesn't offer a voluntary point reduction program.
You'll receive a warning letter once you receive 10 to 13 points on your AR driving record. This letter gives you a heads up so you can improve your driving practices and avoid a driver's license suspension.
Check your driving record after you plead guilty or no contest to make sure the violation doesn't push your points over the limit.
Refer to our AR Driving Records page to find out how to order a copy of your driving record today.