Generally, traffic violations do not have statutes of limitations. The related citation would remain in effect until paid. However, in Arizona, there is a three-year statute of limitations for the collection of fines for civil traffic violations, if certain requirements are met.
Civil Traffic Violation
When an individual violates Arizona’s rules governing traffic movement and control, including parking or standing, that violation will be treated as a civil violation, unless the Arizona statutes designate the violation as criminal.
Commencement of Action
A case for a civil traffic violation in Arizona will be commenced as follows. It will be issued within 60 days of the alleged violation or a case will be filed within 60 days of the alleged violation, with service taking place within 90 days of the filing date. The times for commencement of action are extended in the event the violation occurs in connection with a traffic accident or an accident that results in death.
Statute of Limitation
Generally the failure to pay civil penalties within 30 days of the entry of judgment may result in suspension of driving privileges until the penalty is paid. Arizona law, however, provides for a statute of limitations if certain requirements have been met. If the traffic violation occurred more than 36 months before the court initiates collection proceedings, there will be a statute of limitations; there will also be limitations if the court does not have records indicating that the civil penalty remains outstanding, if the court has not been directed to suspend the license or refuse to renew the vehicle registration, and if the court does not have a record of extending the time for payment.