How can I make a ticket payment?

Your options depend on your state.

Some states – like Alabama, California (certain counties), and Virginia – allow you to pay traffic tickets and parking tickets online.

Others want you to show up in person, and the establishment you’ll need to visit will rely heavily on where and from whom you received the citation. For example, in West Virginia, if a state trooper or county deputy writes you a ticket you must make the ticket payment in magistrate court. If a city police officer is the one to cite you, you generally have to pay it in city court.

Plenty of states allow you to send your ticket payment through the mail. Vermont, for example, accepts payments sent to the Vermont Judicial Bureau, and Kentucky allows you to send payment to the Circuit Court Clerk’s office of the county in which you were cited.

Of course, there are those states – like Texas – that don’t have a statewide system for paying tickets. How you’re required to pay depends entirely on the town, city, or county in which you received the citation.

Attending Traffic School

Keep in mind that, depending on your state and the nature of your citation, traffic school can play one of two roles when you get a ticket: A means of reducing or avoiding ticket payment, or a requirement. You can find out whether traffic school is an option or requirement for you when you appear in court, or when you contact your local DMV or state drivers license agency.

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