Pay Traffic Ticket in Idaho

SUMMARY: How to Pay an Idaho Traffic Ticket

If you were ticketed for a traffic violation, you may be able to pay your traffic ticket fines online, by mail, by phone, by drop box, or in person.

For complete payment instructions, refer to your ID traffic ticket or contact the appropriate court directly.

We've outlined your payment options – as well as your option to fight your traffic ticket – below.

Pay Ticket
(Plead Guilty)

  • Pay the fine.
  • Accumulate points on your driving record (could put you at risk for license suspension.
  • Possibly pay higher auto insurance rates.
  • If eligible, take a defensive driving course for existing point reduction and possible insurance discount.

Learn more below.

Fight Ticket
(Plead Not Guilty)

  • Fight the ticket in court, perhaps with legal help from a traffic ticket attorney.
  • Potentially lose the option to plead to lesser charges with lesser penalties.
  • Receive no penalties (except for any applicable court costs/attorney fees) if found not guilty.
  • Appeal the guilty verdict (if applicable).

Learn more about
Fighting Your Traffic Ticket »

Responding to Your ID Traffic Ticket

Paying your ID traffic ticket means admitting guilt for the traffic violation or offense for which the officer ticketed you.

It also means:

  • Paying all applicable court costs and attorney fees (should you hire a traffic ticket lawyer).
  • Potentially pleading to a lesser offense with lesser penalties. Generally, you must appear in court for this.
  • Possibly avoiding court altogether by paying online, over the phone, or by mail.
  • Accumulating points on your Idaho driving record, putting you at risk for a driver's license suspension.
  • Potentially experiencing an increase in auto insurance rates.

Check your traffic ticket for the date by which you must respond or appear in court. Failing to respond to the ticket within the allotted amount of time or show up for your hearing date puts you at risk for license suspension.

CDL Drivers

Commercial drivers must also remember:

  • You're required to notify your employer after conviction for a traffic citation.
  • If you plead or are found "guilty," you could face much more serious penalties than paying a fine, incurring points, and risking higher auto insurance rates.

Check our Traffic Ticket Fines and Penalties for more information.

How to Pay Your ID Traffic Ticket

Idaho offers several ways to pay your traffic ticket, including: online, in person, by mail, by phone, and via a drop box.

Pay Your Traffic Ticket Online

Some courts allow drivers to pay traffic tickets online; unfortunately, there isn't one standard website for this.

The best way to find out if you can pay online is to look at your traffic citation, locate the court handling your case, and visit that court's or county's website.

Other Idaho Ticket Payment Options

If your court's website doesn't offer online ticket payments, contact the appropriate court and ask about any of the following common payment options:
  • In person.
  • By mail.
  • By phone.
  • Via a drop box.

Don't forget to ask about acceptable payment methods.

Point Removal & Your Driving Record

Idaho drivers can attend a defensive driving or accident prevention course to remove accumulated points from your ID driving record—up to 3 points once every 3 years. Note that this does NOT dismiss a ticket from your record.

Learn more at our Defensive Driving section.

Check Your ID Driving Record

Since point accumulation can lead to a driver's license suspension, it's a good idea to check your Idaho driving record to make sure:

  • No more points than allowed were added to your ID driving record after a "guilty" plea or verdict.
  • No points were added after a "not guilty" verdict.
  • 3 points were removed from your record after completing a defensive driving or accident prevention course.
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