Key Takeaways

  • Check your local jurisdictions website for information regarding your ticket.
  • Sometimes you can pay for a ticket online.
  • Get a lawyer to fight a parking or traffic ticket.
  • If you lose your ticket, pull your driving abstract to get a ticket number
  • Call your local courthouse to get information regarding your traffic ticket.

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Traffic and parking tickets can be the bane of our existence. They are annoying and overwhelming. But how can you check your tickets online?

Usually the instructions are on the back of the ticket you received. If not, check your local jurisdiction’s website for the traffic and parking tickets section. Usually there is a section on the website that lets you check and pay traffic and parking tickets.

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How To Check Traffic Parking Tickets Online

Parking and traffic tickets can be very frustrating. Especially if you don’t know where to look for how to pay your traffic or parking tickets. Sometimes, you can take care of a parking ticket if you pay online. While other times, you have to go down to the courthouse and pay in person.

Either way, it’s good information to know where you can check for parking tickets online. The place you usually want to check for parking tickets online is your local jurisdictions website. For example, if your ticket is out of a township, you’ll want to find the townships website.

On the townships website there will be a tickets section and in this section you can usually look up information regarding your parking ticket online. You may have to enter some information such as your driver’s license number, mailing address, and license plate information.

Once you enter this information into the townships ticket system all the information surrounding your ticket will appear on screen for you to view. Your ticket number is information that you’re going to want to write down as well.

Checking traffic tickets online is usually a very straightforward process if you know where to look. The first place to look is for the jurisdiction's website. To look for the jurisdiction's website, look at the ticket itself or by searching online. Once you have found the relevant website look for a traffic or tickets related portion on the site.

Once you are on the website  look for a section related to traffic or parking violations. This may come in the form of a tab titled “tickets” or “violations” at the top of the website. Once you have found this section, click on it and follow the instructions provided to search for your ticket.

Now you should be at some type of portal where you can enter the information needed to search for your ticket. Once you have entered the information regarding your ticket should appear on the webpage. It may show the due date and payment amount which is information that’s important for you to take note of.

Next, pay the ticket. Using a credit card or debit card pay the ticket online. This should take care of the ticket now and you can recheck the status of the ticket.

Checking the status of tickets will differ greatly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. The key is all in your jurisdictions website. Some jurisdictions may not even offer online payment so call the number on the back of the ticket to find out. You may have to  create an online account with the website in some cases, in other cases you may not have to,

In some cases, you may have to enter your license plate number in order to get the information about your ticket to appear. It all differs based on your jurisdiction's website or system.

What If You Lose Your Ticket?

If you can’t take care of your parking or traffic ticket promptly, lots of people just set them aside until it’s more convenient to do so. This can be a dangerous thing to do since a bench warrant can be issued for you if you fail to appear for court on a traffic or parking violation!

If you lose your ticket, you will definitely want to check your ticket somehow. The first thing you can do is call the local courthouse and ask what to do.

Sometimes, the court house will be able to tell you if you have a ticket just by looking up your license plate number. This is very helpful especially if you don’t have your ticket. If the courthouse cannot help you the next thing you have to do is start pulling your motor vehicle records.

To pull your motor vehicle records and see if you have a parking ticket you’re going to want to get your driving abstract. A driving abstract is a piece of paper that the DMV prints out that has all the information regarding all the tickets you ever got.

For example, the driving abstract will have tickets from all the way from when you first started driving up until the date that you pulled the abstract. So you can see if your parking ticket or traffic ticket is on there.

The ticket number should be on the driving abstract as well. You can use that ticket number or violation number on your local jurisdictions website to get information regarding the ticket in terms of due date, payment amount, court dates, and more.

Parking and traffic tickets are no laughing matter so desperate times call for desperate measures and pulling your driving abstract is one of those desperate measures if you lose your traffic ticket.

If you lose your traffic ticket, pull your abstract from your state's Department of Motor Vehicles.

How To Fight A Traffic Ticket

If you get a traffic ticket the first good piece of advice is to not ignore it. If you wish to pay, send a money order to the court or pay online.

But make sure to avoid all late penalties if you can. But if you wish to fight the traffic ticket, your best bet is to lawyer up. A lawyer will be able to help your traffic or parking ticket in ways that you cannot.

There is an unspoken bond between the prosecutor and lawyers with a language that only they speak. And if you don’t speak that language, they cannot help you since you’re not in their club. It’s a hard pill to swallow but it’s the truth.

Representing yourself in court for a traffic or parking ticket almost never works out in your favor. So do yourself a favor and if you aren’t truly at fault, get a lawyer to fight your ticket. Tickets can cause your insurance rate to go up so in some cases fighting the ticket might be in your best interest.

What To Do When You Get Pulled Over

Cops are on the prowl more than ever nowadays. Ticket numbers have gone up statistically speaking in the last 5 years than in any time in history.

So your chances of getting pulled over are greater than ever. So what can you do to ensure that your pulled over experience goes over well and to maybe even get out of a ticket?

There are some things you can do to avoid getting a ticket:

  • Pull over immediately: When you see the police lights flashing behind you, find a safe spot to pull over and do so immediately. This shows the officer that you are willing to cooperate.
  • Be respectful and polite: When the officer approaches your car, be respectful and polite. Keep your hands visible and avoid making sudden movements.
  • Follow instructions: If the officer asks for your license, registration, and proof of insurance, provide them promptly. Avoid arguing or being defensive, and follow any instructions given to you.
  • Admit to your mistake: If you made a mistake such as speeding or failing to signal, admit to it honestly. Apologize and show that you are willing to take responsibility for your actions.
  • Be honest: Don't lie or make excuses. If you have a valid reason for your behavior, explain it calmly and honestly. However, don't make up stories or try to blame someone else for your actions.
  • Cooperate: If the officer decides to give you a ticket, accept it calmly and cooperate with the process. Signing the ticket does not mean you are admitting guilt, it is simply acknowledging receipt of the ticket.

Remember that the key to avoiding a ticket is to be respectful, honest, and cooperative. If you receive a ticket, you have the right to contest it in court.

How To Check Your Traffic & Parking Tickets Online

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Christopher Sparks

Christopher Sparks

Christopher Sparks has been servicing vehicles since 2012. After completing the automotive studies program at Camden County College, he was awarded an Associates's Degree in Applied Science. His first job was a lube-tech at Jiffy Lube, and is currently an independent B-Technician servicing vehicles for the United States Postal Service. Christopher is ASE certified and loves rebuilding engines.

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