Pay Traffic Ticket in Oregon
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If you were ticketed for violating an OR traffic law, you may be able to pay your ticket fines outright online, by mail, by phone, or in person. How you pay will depend on the traffic violation, your driving history and the court where you received the ticket.
Pleading Guilty to Your OR Ticket
When you pay your Oregon traffic ticket, you'll be pleading “guilty" or “no contest."
Choosing either option means:
- You might be able to avoid a court appearance.
- This depends on the nature of your violation.
- You could conveniently pay your OR traffic ticket fine online.
- There are other payment options (see below).
- You might choose or be required to complete the state's Driver Improvement Program.
- The court might allow this for ticket dismissal OR require it depending on your violation and/or the number of violations you have.
- Depending on the violation or the number of driving record points you accumulate, you could face driver's license suspension or revocation.
- Your auto insurance company might increase your rates.
Remember, you must plead “guilty" or “no contest" and pay your fine by the due date listed on your traffic ticket. If you don't, you'll receive a “Failure to Appear" notice with a new date. If you still fail to pay, your OR driver's license could be suspended and your fine may be assigned to a collection agency.
Plead Guilty as a CDL Driver
Generally, if you have a commercial driver's license (CDL) and are convicted of a traffic violation, you can handle it much the same way as a driver with a regular driver's license.
- You must notify your employer within 30 days of a traffic conviction.
- This applies no matter what type of vehicle you were driving at the time.
- You face harsher penalties as a commercial driver.
- Some penalties include suspension or revocation of your CDL.
How to Pay Your OR Traffic Ticket
Your payment options for a OR traffic ticket will depend on the court handling your case. You may be able to pay your traffic ticket:
- By mail.
- By phone.
- In person.
- To check your traffic ticket for specific instructions related to ticket payment and a possible required court appearance.
- Have your traffic ticket present when you make a payment.
- Refer to Lost Traffic Tickets in Oregon if you've misplaced your citation.
Pay Traffic Tickets Online
Use OJD Courts ePay to pay your Oregon traffic ticket online.
It can take up to 24 hours for your payment to post; if your fine is due before that time, check out other payment options below.
NOTE: Currently, the OJD Courts ePay system does not work with “local" courts (i.e., courts located outside of the OJD state-funded court system; typically, these include municipal, county, and justice courts). Check your citation for information about your court and contact the court with questions about whether you can pay online.
Traffic School & OR Tickets
You might be eligible to complete Oregon's Traffic Safety Diversion Program to have your ticket dismissed.
Eligibility depends on your specific situation, but some requirements include:
- You plead “no contest" to the charge.
- You haven't been convicted of a traffic violation within a certain period of time leading up to your current citation.
- You don't have any pending traffic violation cases.
Ask your judge if you're eligible for this program, and what benefits it would bring you.
Check Your Driving Record
Every driver has a driving record, which is a record of their driving history, and all Oregon driving records show traffic violations. Because your driving record can affect everything from your driving privileges to your car insurance rates, it's important to check your driving record for accuracy after handling a traffic ticket.
When you check your OR driving record, make sure:
- It reflects ONLY the traffic violations for which you pleaded “guilty" or “no contest" or for which you were found guilty in court.
- After completing the Traffic Safety Diversion Program, traffic violations should not appear IF your judge agreed to dismiss them.
- Your driving record should not include traffic violations for which the court found you not guilty.
- Your driver's license is not suspended. Common reasons for driver's license suspension related to traffic violations include:
- Failure to appear in court.
- Failure to satisfy your traffic ticket (i.e. pay your fine or attend any court-mandated programs).
- Exceeding the limit of traffic accidents or violations as determined by the Traffic Safety Diversion Program.
Find out how to check your driving record and the appropriate division to contact if you find incorrect information.
Car Insurance Rates
Many car insurance companies increase rates after drivers accumulate traffic violation convictions on their driving records.
Talk with your provider about this possibility and if you're facing an increase, start comparing insurance quotes online to find a more affordable policy.