How long do I have to pay the citation?
Infraction violations must be paid within thirty (30) calendar days from the date the citation was issued. Criminal
violations are due on or before the date the Court Orders.
Can I pay my ticket online?
Yes, Traffic citation with the exceptions on non-traffic citations, criminal, mandatory court or tickets that require
proof. Please note that the payment must be made within 30 (thirty) calendar days from the date the ticket is filed in
Who may make an election to attend Defensive Driving School?
Any person charged with a MOVING violation, other than a mandatory court appearance, is eligible to elect to attend a
defensive driving course in lieu of accumulating points on the driver history record if they have not elected school in
the past 12 months and if they have not elected more than 5 times in a lifetime and do not hold a class A, B, or C CDL
What is the benefit of making an election?
There are two benefits. (1) No points will be assessed against your driver's license. (2) Attending a defensive driving course
to satisfy the violation will be entered on your driver history record as an "adjudication withheld."
Where can I get the school information?
Online at www.flhsmv.gov, or look in your phone directory under driving school or driving instruction.
If you are from another state you should contact the Department of Highway Safety in your state before electing the school option.
Your licensing State MAY NOT honor this option.
How much time is given to complete school?
Sixty (60) calendar days from the payment date. It is the responsibility of the violator to deliver the School Completion form to the
Clerk’s office in person or by mail.
What will happen if I do not file the completion certificate by the due date required?
If your completion is not filed within the 60th calendar day from your payment date, there will be penalties, points and a suspension
notice sent to you for failure to provide proof of school completion.
Can I get an extension of time to pay a Civil Traffic ticket?
Anyone who is issued a Civil Traffic ticket can request an extension of time to pay by completing the Affidavit Extension of Time form.
There is a $7.00 charge to process. This form can be found under the Forms menu option by selecting Traffic and then Affidavit for
Extension of Time.
What is required to apply for a Partial Payment Plan?
You must provide a photo ID and there is a 25.00 non refundable partial payment plan application fee along with the first month payment
due at the time of filing of the partial payment plan agreement. Once the agreement application process is completed, you will be provided
a copy of the completed form. The partial payment plan agreement can be found under Departments>Courts>Traffic Citations>Additional Information>Forms.
What happens if my case or cases are not paid in full by the due date?
This will result in additional fees and or referral to a collection agency. In addition, a suspension notice will be sent to DHSMV that will
include additional fees to reinstate.
Are all cases eligible for a partial payment plan?
Most cases are eligible for a payment plan.
The exceptions are as follows:
1. Cases that are already on a payment plan
2. Cases currently in Probation/Supervision
3. Cases in Probation/Supervision that have been terminated
For details See Forms/Traffic/Partial Payment Plan Agreement