Traffic Tickets in Louisiana

SUMMARY: Louisiana Traffic Tickets

You may be able to pay your LA traffic ticket online, by mail, or in person. You may be required to appear for certain violations. If you want to fight the charge, you will need to appear in court.

Learn more about how to respond to a traffic ticket by reading this page.

Traffic Ticket Fines and Penalties

In Louisiana, traffic ticket fines vary by violation and parish you were ticketed in. If your traffic ticket doesn't show the total fine, contact the appropriate traffic court for information or visit their website for a schedule of traffic fines.

In addition to having to pay a fine, you may also:

  • Have points added to your LA driving record.
    • Can result in a driver's license suspension.
  • Have to appear in court.

Visit our page about Ticket Fines & Penalties for more information.

Pay a Traffic Ticket in Louisiana

Depending on where you were ticketed in Louisiana, you may be able to pay your traffic ticket either:

  • Online.
  • By mail.
  • In person.

Check your traffic ticket for payment instructions.

NOTE: If you've misplaced your traffic ticket, contact the traffic court in the parish you received your ticket for more payment information.

Dismiss Your Traffic Ticket

Depending on your violation, you may have your traffic ticket dismissed by completing a defensive driving course.

Contact the relevant Louisiana parish court to check your eligibility.

For more information, visit our Point Reduction in Louisiana (traffic school) page.

Fight a LA Traffic Ticket

If you do not believe you are guilty of the violation on your traffic ticket, you must request a trial date before the due date on your ticket. If you already have a mandatory court appearance, you can plead “not guilty" then.

NOTE: It may take some time for your traffic ticket to be entered into the parish court's system, so you may need to wait a few days before requesting a trial.

Check your traffic ticket for specific instructions or contact the parish court listed.

For more information, visit our Fighting Traffic Tickets in Louisiana page.

NOTE: Hiring a traffic ticket attorney may help your case.

Lost Your Traffic Ticket?

If you've lost your traffic ticket, contact the appropriate LA traffic court directly to get your ticket information and/or request a copy of your ticket. Unfortunately you cannot search online for traffic ticket information.

Fines & Penalties for Commercial Drivers

If you have a commercial driver's license (CDL), you must notify your employer within 30 days of being convicted of a traffic violation. You may receive harsher penalties as a commercial driver.

To learn more about how traffic violations can affect your CDL, visit our following pages:

Are You Paying Too Much for Car Insurance?

Your auto insurance company may increase your premiums if points are added to your Louisiana driving record. If you've had points dismissed, order your driving record to make sure they weren't added by mistake.

Louisiana Traffic Tickets: FAQs

Still have questions? You can find more information on our Traffic Ticket FAQ page. Topics include:

  • Ticket dismissal.
  • Hiring a traffic ticket attorney.
  • CDL traffic violations.
  • Driving records and points.
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