How to Pay a Traffic Ticket Online

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Once notoriously inefficient, the Department of Motor Vehicles has stepped into the twenty-first century and now happily accepts online payments for moving traffic violations. Parking tickets, however, must be remitted to the issuing city or town. Many municipalities also accept online payments.

  • Locate the official website of the state in which the violation occurred. This sounds simple, but watch out for look-alike websites. Many consumers have mistakenly handed over unnecessary fees because they were working through an intermediary instead of the real deal. Look for the .gov extension.

  • Have your driver’s license, ticket and credit card ready.

  • Go to the website and locate their “Pay Citation” section.

  • Follow the steps outlined. You will need to include your license number, the citation number and the amount you owe.

  • Pay with your credit card. Like other online transactions, you will need to provide proper mailing and credit card information.

Tips & Warnings

  • Paying online means you forfeit your right to dispute the fine.
  • As stated before, Internet scam artists abound. Double-check that website.


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