Frequently Asked Questions

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Court: Must I appear in Court for my traffic citation?

You must appear if:

  • You are a juvenile (a parent or legal guardian must accompany you)

  • Your citation indicates that you have a MANDATORY COURT APPEARANCE (charges include but are not limited to: Reckless or Aggressive Driving, Flee Police, Leave the Scene of Accident, Child Safety Seat, and certain criminal misdemeanors.)

  • You wish to plead not guilty.

  • You wish to speak with the Judge about your citation.

  • You were issued a citation for No Insurance, No Vehicle Registration, No Valid License and you obtained such on or after your citation date.

You are not required to appear on your posted court date if:

  • You want to plead No Contest or Guilty and pay the citation. The bail amount indicated on the citation must be paid in full prior to the court date on the citation and can be mailed or paid online. The total amount due is located at the lower right corner of the citation. The applicable demerit points will be reported to DMV following the court date on your citation.

  • You want to plead No Contest or Guilty and complete Traffic School to have your citation amended to a non-moving violation. Requests for Traffic Safety School may be made at the clerk's window or via the secure online payment process prior to your scheduled court date.


    You must request traffic safety school and enter your plea of Guilty or No Contest before or on the court date listed on your citation and BEFORE you attend the class. Traffic safety school does not reduce the fine amount but paying the fine and completing traffic safety school by the completion due date will amend the violation to a parking violation (no points are reported to DMV on parking violations).


You may request traffic safety school only once a year and there is a traffic safety school fee, which is in addition to your citation fine amount. You will be given a completion due date and a Traffic Safety School information sheet when you enter a plea. Failure to complete traffic safety school by the completion due date will result in the original violation conviction being reported to DMV. You may not request Traffic School if your driver’s license is a Commercial Driver’s License. The practice of reducing charges, altering speeds, or allowing CDL drivers to attend traffic safety school is specifically prohibited in 49 CFR Part 384.226.