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In Virginia, you can generallypay your ticket finesonline,bymail, orinperson. Depending on the violation and county where you received your traffic ticket, you may have to appear in court. Tofight your traffic ticket, you must plead not guilty in court. If youvelost your ticket, you can search for it online.

Continue reading this page to learn what to do when you receive a traffic ticket in Virginia.

NOTE:Be sure to respond to your traffic ticket on time, as you could face additional charges and a warrant for your arrest.

Your traffic ticket fine will vary depending on the violation and county you were ticketed in.Check your traffic ticket for the exact fees and penalties.

In some cases, you will need to appear in court.

For more information, visit ourTraffic Ticket Fines & Penaltiespage or contact thecounty courtlisted on your citation.

In addition to having to pay a fine, the VA Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) may also add points to yourdriving record. Points vary from 3 points to 6 points depending on the type of violation you committed, and stay on your record for 2 years.

For more information, visit our page on theDMV Point System in Virginia.

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In Virginia, you can generally pay your traffic ticket either:

Refer to your ticket for payment instructions. It will specify when you must pay your fine by:

For more information, please visit ourPay Traffic Ticketspage.

The VA Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offers driver improvement clinics.

Depending on your violation and driving history, completion of this course may be mandatory.

NOTE:Driver improvement clinics do not dismiss traffic tickets.

For more information, visit ourDefensive Driving in VApage.

If you do not believe you are guilty of the violation on your traffic ticket, you canattend your court appearance and plead not guilty.

Check your Virginia traffic ticket for instructions.

For more information, visit ourFighting Traffic Ticketspage, or contact the appropriatelocal county courtdirectly.

NOTE:To help your case, you may want to hire atraffic ticket attorney.

In Virginia, you can search for your lost traffic ticket online on theVirginia Courts Case Information website.

If you have any further questions, you can contact thetraffic courtin the county where you received the ticket.

If you have a commercial drivers license (CDL), you must notify your employer within 30 days of being convicted of a traffic violation, even if you werent driving a commercial vehicle.

Your Virginia CDL will be suspended for 1 year if the court convicts you of any of the following violations:

Visit the following pages for details on traffic violations for commercial drivers in Virginia:

Still have questions? OurTraffic Ticket FAQpage has more information on topics, including:

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