Old traffic tickets can cause drivers a number of problems. If you have an old ticket on your record that you have failed to pay, there could be a warrant out for your arrest. Old tickets can also prevent you from renewing your driver's license. It is important to take care of old tickets before you end up paying a significant penalty for them. Wrapping up old tickets can clean up your license, clear your conscience, and lessen the stress of being pulled over or tailed by a police officer.
Contact your state's Department of Motor Vehicles office. State-specific contact information is listed in the Resources section of this article and most DMV offices can be reached by phone.
Speak with the phone representative and request information regarding any outstanding tickets on your record. The person you speak with will be able to access these records for you.
Contact the local county office that is responsible for your ticket. The state DMV office representative will provide you with the county name and the proper contact information required for getting in touch with the county court. Speak with the county court employee to handle final payment of the tickets.
Pay your old fines or work out a payment plan, depending on the options available in the county in which your fine was issued. Getting these fees taken care of will keep you safe on the road and ensure your driving license stays active and easy to renew.
Tips & Warnings
- Many counties offer online payment options for traffic tickets and issues like "Failure to Appear." Work with a county court employee or browse their website to get an idea of all of your available payment options.
- Old tickets may be recorded as a "Failure to Appear," meaning you will be unable to renew your license until the fees are paid and may be subject to arrest.
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