When you receive a traffic citation, you have 10 days to answer that citation; namely, to admit or deny responsibility. You are not required to pay the fine within 10 days. Please read and follow the instructions on the back of your ticket, indicate your decision, and send it to us as soon as possible. Our address is on the front of your ticket.
Appearance In Person or By Mail
Your appearance in court may be made by personal appearance or by mail. Appearance must be made within 10 business days of the date the citation was issued. A phone call is not considered an appearance.
Failing to Appear
If you fail to appear for a civil infraction violation, a default judgment will be entered against you, a $25 late fee will be assessed in addition to the original fines and costs (PDF) and your driver's license will be suspended until such time as payment is made.
If you fail to appear for a misdemeanor violation, a bench warrant may be issued for your arrest, additional court costs will be assessed, and your driver's license will be suspended until such time as judgment is rendered.
If your license is suspended for failure to appear in court (FAC) or failure to comply with judgment (FCJ), you must pay an additional $45 for each citation that has been suspended in order to clear the suspension with the Secretary of State.