How to Make a Payment for a Traffic Ticket in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Philadelphia police issue traffic tickets for a variety of offenses, including running red lights and stop signs or speeding. Recipients of traffic tickets must pay the fine issued no more than 30 days from the date of issuance. If you fail to pay your traffic ticket, a court date is scheduled for you, which could result in further penalties. You can pay your ticket online, through the mail or even through an installment plan agreement with the Philadelphia Traffic Court.

Pay Online

  • Visit the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania's Traffic Court website and click on the choice titled "Plead Guilty and Pay your Traffic Citation."

  • Enter your name and the citation number located on your traffic ticket in the boxes provided. Submit your information.

  • Enter your credit card's number, expiration date and security code. Provide your billing address and input the amount of your traffic ticket. Submit your payment and print a copy of the confirmation page.

Pay in Installments

  • Schedule a hearing with a Traffic Court Motion Court judge Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. to request a payment installment agreement for your ticket. Once a payment installment agreement is reached, you can begin making payments.

  • Visit the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania's Traffic Court website and click "Make Installment Payments."

  • Enter your name and your installment plan agreement number, which is found on the paperwork issued to you by the judge who granted permission for you to make your payment in installments.

  • Enter your full name, address and your credit card information. Confirm your payment and submit it to the Traffic Court. Print a copy of the confirmation page for your records.

Pay by Mail

  • Detach the lower portion of your traffic citation. Sign it and write whether or not you plead guilty or not guilty.

  • Enclose a check or money order for the total amount due on your traffic ticket, payable to the Philadelphia Traffic Court. If you plead guilty you only have to remit the total amount on your ticket. If you plead not guilty, you must pay the amount of your citation plus an additional $6 fee; a hearing will be scheduled for you to fight your ticket. If you win and are no longer responsible for the ticket, you'll receive a refund.

  • Mail the lower portion of your traffic citation and your check to:

    Philadelphia Traffic Court

    800 Spring Garden St.

    P.O. Box 56301

    Philadelphia, PA 19130-6301

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