Pay Traffic Ticket in Missouri
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In most cases, you can pay your Missouri traffic ticket online, by mail, by phone, or in person. The process may vary depending on where you received your ticket.
Continue reading this page to learn how to pay your Missouri traffic ticket.
Pleading Guilty to Your MO Ticket
In Missouri, paying your traffic ticket means you're pleading “guilty" and are agreeing to pay any other ticket-related fines (such as court costs and fees) as well as complete any applicable penalties.
Generally, pleading “guilty" and paying your traffic ticket means:
- You have the option to pay your fine online, by mail, by phone, or in person without making an actual court appearance UNLESS your ticket states a court appearance is required.
- You'll accumulate driving record points associated with the violation.
- Your car insurance company could increase your rates.
Whether you plan to plead “guilty" or “not guilty", you must respond within 30 days of receiving it; if you don't, you face additional fines, license suspension, and even jail time.
Pleading Guilty as a CDL Driver
Because you hold a CDL, you must inform your employer of the violations, and you're at risk for stronger penalties such as suspension for a certain period of time or a lifetime revocation. Obviously, such penalties can affect your income and even employment opportunities.
For more information, refer to the Missouri Commercial Driver License Manual.
How to Pay Your MO Traffic Ticket
Generally, you can pay your fine online, by mail, by phone, or in person.
You'll need your traffic ticket to make a payment. Refer to Lost Traffic Tickets in Missouri if you've misplaced your citation and we'll help you retrieve the necessary information.
To pay your MO ticket online, visit the Missouri Fine Collection Center (FCC) online payment site and follow the prompts.
Overall, be prepared to:
- Enter your traffic ticket number.
- Pay the entire ticket fine plus an online processing fee.
- Pay using a Visa or MasterCard only.
NOTE: If you cannot find your ticket on the FCC website, contact the appropriate Missouri traffic court directly or visit their website for further information.
To pay your Fine Collection Center traffic ticket by mail:
- Complete and sign the back of your MO traffic ticket.
- Enclose a check or money order for the full ticket amount. Do NOT mail cash.
- Be sure to write in your citation number and phone number.
- Mail your citation and payment to:
- Missouri Fine Collection Center
- P.O. Box 104540
- Jefferson City, MO 65110
Call the FCC at (877) 866-3926 to pay your traffic ticket by phone. Be prepared to pay the entire ticket fine plus a phone payment surcharge.
To pay your MO FCC traffic ticket fine in person, take your payment and traffic ticket to:
Fine Collection Center
P.O. Box 104540
Jefferson City, MO 65110
Currently, you must pay using cash, a check, or a money order when paying in person.
Driver Improvement & MO Tickets
Generally, the courts do not allow drivers to complete a Driver Improvement Program for ticket dismissal; however, the judge might:
- Require you to complete the course as part of your traffic ticket requirements.
- Allow you to complete the course to avoid accumulating points on your driving record.
Check Your Driving Record
Whether you decide to plead “guilty" and pay your fine or fight your traffic ticket, it's important to check your driving record to make sure your record reflects only:
- The accumulated the number of driving record points associated with your violation. Also make sure:
- The points associated with the violation don't show up on your record IF the judge allowed you to complete a Driver Improvement Program to avoid points.
- Your points aren't high enough for license suspension.
- The violation(s) for which you pled “guilty" or of which you were found guilty in court.
Car Insurance Rates & Traffic Tickets
Most car insurance companies increase a driver's premium after a traffic violation.
Even though typically it won't dismiss the ticket, completing the Missouri Driver Improvement Program can keep the points from showing up on your record, and it might be enough to keep your rates from increasing.
Ask your agent about whether you face an auto insurance rate increase and, if so, start comparing quotes online to find a more affordable rate.