Pay a Traffic Ticket

With traffic tickets, you can pay the fine and accept the penalty.

Traffic tickets are usually issued by local law enforcement. Use the information on your citation to learn more about your traffic violation. Then decide if you want to pay the fine and accept the penalty placed on your driving record. Please be aware that some traffic violations require a court appearance and cannot be paid in advance.

The Department of Driver Services Traffic Court Reference Manual has details on traffic offenses and how they can affect your driving record.

How Do I Pay a Traffic Ticket?

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    Confirm Your Traffic Violation

    Confirm your traffic violation and court by looking at your traffic citation. You must pay the full amount of the fine to the correct court.

    If your citation does not require a mandatory court appearance, you can resolve the case before your scheduled court date by accepting the penalty and paying the fine. Keep in mind that accepting the penalty is pleading guilty to the citation. If you pay before your court date, you will not be required to appear in court.

     
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    Pay Your Fine

    To pay your traffic fine, you will need your citation number, court case number, or driver’s license number. You also will need a method of payment. Most courts offer payment options online, by phone, by mail, or in person.

    • Pay online

      You can pay your traffic ticket online using the court’s or county’s website. If the court or county does not have a website, you can use the Judicial Council of Georgia’s centralized database to search traffic citations.

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    • Pay by phone

      Contact the court to arrange for payment over the phone. Request proof of payment and keep it for your records.

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    • Pay by mail

      Contact the court to arrange for payment. Request proof of payment and keep it for your records.

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    • Pay in person

      Visit the courthouse during operating hours. Request proof of payment and keep it for your records.

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    Close Your Case

    After you pay the fine, the court will forward notice of the conviction to the Georgia Department of Driver Services. Any points associated with your citation shall be placed on your driving record and the case will be closed. See a list of offenses reported to the DDS.

     

This information was prepared as a public service of the State of Georgia to provide general information, not to advise on any specific legal problem. It is not, and cannot be construed to be, legal advice. If you have questions regarding any matter contained on this page, please contact the related agency.