Speeding tickets are issued to drivers who exceed the speed limit in a designated area. They are considered moving violations and can be enforced by both roadside speed traps set up by the police or speed camera systems that automatically capture your speed and photograph your number plate. In the case of a roadside speed trap, the ticket is written and given to the driver on site. On the other hand, if a driver is caught through the use of a speed camera, the ticket is mailed to the driver's home address. Depending on the state where the violation occurred, drivers can pay their tickets online, by phone, by mail or in person.
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Read the back of your parking ticket. If online payment is an available option in your state, the web address will be written on the back of the ticket.
Visit the URL on your computer and click on the "Pay Parking Tickets" tab or heading. Enter your citation number and any other information requested.
Enter your credit-card information and confirm the payment amount. Click "Submit" when you are ready for your payment to be processed. Print or e-mail yourself the payment confirmation for your records.
Locate the department's phone number on the back of the speeding ticket. Call the number and follow the automated prompts to pay a traffic ticket or ask to speak with a representative. Most systems are fully automated.
Enter the citation number of your speeding ticket on your dial pad or recite it if you're talking to a representative.
Provide your payment information including credit-card number and billing address. Confirm the payment and wait for it to process successfully. Write down the provided confirmation code and keep it for your records.
Locate the department's mailing address on the back of the parking ticket.
Check the box next to "Submit Payment by Mail" on the actual speeding ticket and fill in all the required info.
Write a check and make it payable to the department that issued the ticket. Some states provide postage-paid traffic envelopes. If not, simply buy a stamp and envelope and mail it out to the specified address.
Ask the postal clerk to make sure the department will receive your payment well before the ticket's due date to avoid any penalties.
Locate the department's address for in-person payments. This can be found on the back of the parking ticket. There may be numerous addresses where the driver can go to pay the ticket. Choose the location that's most convenient for you.
Bring your parking ticket with you and give yourself extra time in case there is a lengthy wait.
Pay the ticket to the department's cashier. You can pay with cash, credit card or check. Take your receipt and keep it for your records.
Tips and warnings
- Not paying speeding tickets on time can lead to extra fines and even license suspension in some cases.
- If in doubt, double-check with the county in which your ticket was issued as to which payment methods are available.
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