How to Look Up My Traffic Tickets

It's likely that most drivers will receive a traffic ticket at some point. Whether you are caught by a police officer speeding above the legal limit, running a red light or failing to use your turn signals, everyone makes mistakes sometimes. Look up your traffic tickets online for information on how to pay or appeal them.

Visit the website of your local department of motor vehicles (DMV). Click on the link to search for traffic tickets. Enter the traffic ticket number and any other required information, such as the last four digits of your social security number.

Locate your ticket and click on the correct result. Read information on how to appeal the ticket if you think the citation was unwarranted, or click on "make a payment" to input your name and credit card information to pay the ticket online. Input your email address to receive an electronic receipt. Write down the confirmation number on a sheet of paper with a pen or pencil.

Check your city's department of finance website if you cannot find your violations through the DMV website. Click on the "pay a parking ticket" link to enter the traffic violation number and display payment options. You can pay online, by mail, over the phone, or in person. Search for a location nearest you to pay in person.

Visit DMV.org for information on looking up traffic tickets and methods of payment in each state. Click on your state on the map, or choose your state from the drop down menu. Click on links for more information on how to pay online, how to appeal the ticket, or how to make court appearances.

Warnings

  • Fees usually increase after the initial allotted amount of time has passed to pay traffic tickets.
  • There is often a fee to pay your traffic tickets online. Read the terms of payment before submitting your billing information.

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Simone Watts has written for television, radio and print titles including "SPIN" and "Village Voice" since 2004. Based in New York City, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Columbia College Chicago.

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