What do I do if I get a traffic ticket?

There are three actions you can take within 30 days of receiving a traffic ticket. Follow these guidelines to ensure a timely payment of your ticket, or to request a trial.

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  1. Pay the full fine
    • Pay online
    • Pay by telephone: 800-492-2656
    • Pay by mail - send to:
      District Court Traffic Processing Center
      P.O. Box 6676
      Annapolis, MD 21401
    • Pay in person at your local District Court
  2. Request a waiver hearing to plead “guilty with an explanation”
    1. Check the “Request a Waiver Hearing” box on the ticket
    2. Sign and date the ticket
    3. Mail the ticket to:
      District Court Traffic Processing Center
      P.O. Box 6676
      Annapolis, MD 21401

You will be mailed a date to appear in court, where you can then ask the judge to reduce or waive your fine on the day of the trial.

  1. Ask for a trial to plead “not guilty”
    1. Check the “Request a Trial” box on the ticket
    2. Sign and date the ticket
    3. Mail the ticket to:
      District Court Traffic Processing Center
      P.O. Box 6676
      Annapolis, MD 21401

You will be mailed a date to appear in court before a judge, where you then will present your side of the case after the issuing police officer testifies.

Red light, speed monitoring, school bus monitoring, and toll violations are not handled by Maryland courts unless you request a trial date. Contact your local municipal government office for payment-related questions.

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