How to Check My Traffic Ticket

Written by stephen lilley
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Until a traffic ticket has been paid and cleared, it has the potential to have a negative affect on your driving record. It could result in an inability to renew your registration, or result in additional fines if not paid on time. When you get a traffic ticket, it is entered into a computer database in the area in which you live. This ticket is tied to a few pieces of information, including your driver's license and the registration tags on your car. Checking the status of your traffic ticket can be done using the Web interface for the area where you received the ticket.

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    Call the telephone number on the back of your traffic ticket. This will connect you with the local municipal court system in the area where you received the ticket. You will be able to give the representative the citation number from the front of the ticket, at which point they can look the ticket up in their database and tell you the status of any payments you have made, or how long you have left to make your payment (if applicable).

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    Look up your citation on the website listed on the back of the paper ticket you received either in person or in the mail (if applicable). Not every area will have an online database that users can search, but if one is listed, you can go to the website and type in your citation number (or number plate number, or driver's license number) to find the status of your ticket.

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    Check your account status with the local Department of Motor Vehicles website in your area. has a searchable database of DMV websites for every state. When you find the website for your state, look up your account number using your driver's license number or the registration number for your car. This will be able to tell you if the ticket has resulted in any holds on your account, for example. It will also be able to tell you how many points are on your license, or any other negative actions that have been taken as a result of the ticket.

Tips and warnings

  • Different states have different systems for traffic tickets. A ticket that costs £32 in one state and results in two points on your license could potentially result in double the fine and double the points in another state. For example, an illegal u-turn in Pennsylvania will result in 3 points on your license. However, the state of Texas uses a system of recurring fees for offenders. A ticket there could result in an initial fine plus an annual fine of £65 or more for a period determined by a judge. Do not assume that the rules in one state apply to all states.

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