Lost Traffic Ticket in Idaho

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If you lost your ID traffic citation and need specific ticket information, contact the appropriate traffic court directly. Be ready to provide some information, such as your name, birth date, Idaho driver's license, and license plate number.

Currently, Idaho doesn't offer a statewide online system for finding lost traffic ticket information; you must contact the court handling your traffic infraction for citation details.

For some drivers, finding the appropriate court might not be an easy task, so here are some tips to help you:

If you DO REMEMBER where you received your Idaho traffic ticket:

  • Contact the presiding court for ticket details.
    • The presiding court is the court that handles traffic tickets in the area where you received the infraction.
  • Generally, district courts and magistrate courts handle ID traffic citations.
    • If you're not sure whether a district or magistrate court is handling your ticket, you can contact each court in the area. Remember, as long as you know where you received your ticket, you have a clearer starting point.

If you DON'T REMEMBER where you received the traffic ticket:

  • Try to think of the day or date (or even just the month) when you were traveling and received the ticket.
  • Try to remember the reason you were traveling; this can help you narrow down the location and timeline.
    • Were you taking a weekend getaway? Visiting relatives or friends? Passing by a state park or other well-known landmark?
  • Once you have an idea of where you received the ticket, contact the courts in that area.
    • Understand that you can contact the district courts and magistrate courts, and if you don't find your ticket with them, you can move to neighboring counties.

ID Traffic Citation Details

When you contact the appropriate court, be sure to gather the following information:

  • Whether you must appear in court and, if so, the location, date, and time.
    • Some infractions carry a mandatory court appearance.
    • Failure to appear can lead to additional penalties.
  • Your deadline to pay your ID traffic ticket fine.
    • Failure to pay your fine on time also can lead to additional penalties.
  • Your traffic ticket details, including the citation number.
    • You'll need this information especially if you're eligible to pay online, by mail, by phone, or in a drop box.
  • Your presiding court's payment options.
    • For example, some courts allow you to pay online, by mail, by phone, in a drop box, or in person.
    • Also, your specific violation might require you to pay in person.

As mentioned above, it's crucial you get this information as soon as possible because failing to pay on time—or appear in court on time—can lead to additional penalties.

Plead to Your ID Traffic Ticket

Now that you know your Idaho traffic citation information and which court is handling your ticket, it's time to decide how you will plead to the infraction.

Some drivers choose to plead “guilty" and pay their fines outright; generally, because it's a convenient option and/or they believe they're guilty.

Other drivers opt to plead “not guilty" and fight their infractions in court; if you believe you're not guilty and have evidence to back it up, consider consulting a traffic ticket attorney.

Visit our Pay Traffic Ticket and Fight Traffic Ticket sections for more details on each of these options.

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