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SUMMARY: How to Pay a Georgia Traffic Ticket

In Georgia, you may be able to pay your traffic ticket online, by phone, by mail, or in person.

For specific ticket payment information, refer to your GA traffic ticket or contact the appropriate traffic court directly.

To learn how to pay your GA traffic ticket, keep reading this page.

Pay Ticket
(Plead Guilty or Nolo Contendere)

  • Pay the fine.
  • Accumulate driving record points (if applicable).
  • Possibly experience higher auto insurance rates.
  • Possibly attend court-ordered safety and education courses.
  • Voluntarily attend a driving course to offset points and get an auto insurance discount.

Learn more below.

Fight Ticket
(Plead Not Guilty)

  • Contest the ticket during a hearing.
  • Work with a traffic ticket lawyer or represent yourself.
  • Face no penalties if found not guilty.
  • Appeal the guilty verdict (if applicable).

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Fighting Your Traffic Ticket »

Responding to Your GA Ticket

Pleading "guilty" or "nolo contendere" to your GA traffic ticket and paying the fine means you're admitting guilt or do not wish to contest the violation charges.

Further considerations and penalties depend on your situation, such as the violation, your current driving record, and the court handling your traffic ticket.

  • You can commonly can pay your fine either online, by mail, or by telephone.
  • Whether you accumulate points depends on the traffic violation.
  • You can offset your driving record points by taking a state-approved defensive driving course in Georgia.
  • You may pay higher auto insurance rates, but your provider might offer a discount for taking a driving course.

NOTE:

Your GA traffic ticket should have a date printed on it by which you must either plead "guilty" and pay, or appear in court. Failure to respond by this date will result in license suspension in lieu of issuing an arrest warrant.

CDL Drivers

Commercial drivers must remember:

  • You must notify your employer a violation conviction.
  • Certain offenses result in more serious penalties than fines, points, and higher insurance rates.

Learn more about CDL violations on our Traffic Ticket Fines and Penalties page.

How to Pay Your GA Traffic Ticket

Some counties allow drivers to pay their traffic ticket fines online; others require different payment methods.

Pay Your Traffic Ticket Online

Neither the GA Department of Driver Services (DDS) nor the Georgia court system has a uniform online payment system in place for paying traffic tickets online; however, some individual counties do allow online payments.

Check to see if your court allows drivers to pay traffic tickets online.

Other Payment Methods

If you're not able to pay online, you'll have to pay your traffic ticket fine directly to the court handling your violation.

Most Georgia traffic tickets include information about accepted payment options and methods; however, if you don't have this information, you can contact your court.

Since traffic courts vary on the payment options and methods they accept, be sure to ask whether:

  • You can pay your ticket by mail, by phone, or in person.
  • Personal checks, cashiers checks, money orders, credit cards, debit cards, and cash are accepted.

GA Defensive Driving Courses

Most traffic tickets add points to your driving record; however, a driver may have the option to complete a state-approved defensive driving course, sometimes called a driver improvement course, to offset points from your GA driving record. This is on a case-by-case basis, and you should consult with your judge as to whether this is an option for you.

NOTE: The GA DDS doesn't add all traffic violations onto drivers' records. Refer to Point System in Georgia and the state's Reportable Violations List.

Check Your Georgia Driving Record

It's important to keep up with your driving record to make sure:

  • Only the applicable points were added after you pleaded "guilty" and paid your fine.
  • The appropriate number of points were removed after you completed a driver improvement course (if applicable).
  • Any violation that is not a reportable violation doesn't show up on your record.
  • No violation or points appear on your record if you fought the ticket in court and won your case.

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