Lost Traffic Ticket in Florida
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If you've lost your FL traffic ticket, you'll need the citation number and information about the ticket fine and deadline to satisfy the citation. Depending on the county where you received your traffic ticket, you may be able to search for this information online using the citation number or by contacting the appropriate county court for more details.
Florida Traffic Ticket Search
To find the full details of your lost ticket, you are going to have to contact the court in the county where you received your citation.
Because you have only 30 days to pay your fine before you face additional penalties, it's important to search for your lost traffic ticket information as soon as possible.
Contact the Traffic Court
If you're sure you have a traffic ticket and you know which court is handling it, you can skip the state's online driver's license check and contact the county court directly.
When contacting the court, be prepared to give them your basic information (including, but not limited to, your name and driver's license number).
Finding Your County Court
If you aren't sure which court you need to contact to receive information about your lost ticket, you can try checking online with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) through a driver's license check.
While this service will not provide you with the full details of your ticket, it will provide you with the contact information of the court presiding over your case.
Lost Traffic Ticket Information
When you contact the county court, make sure you gather the following details about your FL traffic ticket:
- Whether you must appear in court.
- If so, find out the court's location and the date and time you must appear.
- Your FL traffic violation and the citation number.
- In most cases, you need this specific information to pay your ticket fine.
- Details about how and where to pay your fine.
- Florida offers various payment options, and your eligibility depends on factors such as your violation and driving history.
- Also ask about acceptable payment methods (i.e. whether you can pay with cash, a check, or a major credit card).
Enter Your FL Traffic Ticket Plea
Depending on your situation (including whether you must appear in court), you might choose to:
- Plead “guilty" or “no contest" and pay your fine. OR
- Plead “not guilty" and arrange a hearing date to challenge the violation.