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Traffic Citations

Civil Traffic Infraction Violations are non-criminal charges issued by law enforcement officers in the form of a citation, or traffic ticket. Depending on the violation, you may be allowed an extension of the “failure to comply date”, or in many cases, you may comply with the conditions of your citation in one or more of the following four ways:

  • The payment of a civil penalty, otherwise known as a fine; 
  • The election and completion of an authorized driver improvement course to avoid points on your license
  • A hearing before the Court;
  • Provide required documentation;

Traffic Infractions Violations

When cited with a Traffic Infraction Violation, individuals have 30 days from the date of citation to make one of the elections below, unless the violation requires a mandatory court appearance:

Pay Civil Penalty

  • By electing this option, you will be required to pay the civil penalty in the amount authorized by law within 30 days of the date the citation. 
  • Payment of the civil penalty is considered a conviction and points will be assessed, if applicable. 
  • You will not be able to elect traffic school at a later date.
  • Payments can be made online, by calling 407-547-3318, or visiting one of our locations.

Elect Traffic School

  • If you do not hold a commercial driver license, have not elected defensive driving school in the last 12 months or more than 5 times in your lifetime,  you may be eligible to elect to complete a Florida Driving Improvement Course. 
  • In order to elect the school option, you must sign before a notary or deputy clerk a Traffic School Affidavit and pay the required civil penalty. Click here to obtain Affidavit online.
  • You may visit one of our locations to have a deputy clerk sign and pay the required civil penalty.
  • You will be given 60 days to complete the course and turn the certificate of completion in to the Clerk’s Office; adjudication will be withheld and no points will be assessed.
  • If you fail to complete the course within 60 days, additional fees will be assessed, a suspension could be issued, points will be added to your license, and the election will remain on your driving record.
  • For a list of schools or to see if eligible, you can visit the FLHSMV website at www.flhsmv.gov. 

Request a Hearing

  • You can request a hearing in person at any one of our locations, by mail at P.O. Box 850 Sanford, FL 32772, via fax at 407-665-4545 or email at cjccounter@seminoleclerk.org.
  • You must include your name, citation number, complete mailing address and a phone number on your request.
  • Requests done in person will be given a notice with date, time, and location of hearing by the customer service clerk.
  • A notice with date, time and location of hearing will be mailed to address on file or request if different for any requests received via mail, email or fax once request is processed.
  • If you are unable to appear in person for your court date, you can file a notarized Affidavit of Defense in lieu of your appearance. You may also request in writing for a continuance of the hearing. These request need to be received by our office at least one day before the scheduled hearing to allow time to process and the Court to review.

Infractions that require documentation

  • If you were cited for expired driver license, failure to display a valid driver license, expired tag, failure to possess a valid registration, or no proof of insurance, you must provide valid proof to the Clerk of Court when paying the citation.
  •  If the proof shows the license, registration, or insurance were valid at the time of the stop, the charge will be dismissed upon payment of a $10 dismissal fee.
  • If the proof does not show the license, registration, or insurance were valid at the time of the stop, you will need to pay the full statutory penalty.
  • If you cannot provide a valid registration or proof of insurance you will need to fill out an Affidavit without Proof of Compliance.

Driving Vehicle in Unsafe Condition citations (FL Statutes 316.610 or 316.2935)

  • You can go to the police department or sheriff’s office and have an officer certify on the Affidavit of Compliance (located on the back of the citation) that the defect was corrected.
  • Provide the Clerk’s Office with the Affidavit and pay the reduced penalty of $96.

Child Restraint Citations

  • You may elect to attend a child restraint class if this is your first violation.
  • You will need to sign an Affidavit and pay $20 in court costs
  • You will be given 90 days to complete the course and turn the certificate of completion in the clerk’s office.
  • If you fail to complete the school and turn in the certificate of completion, the full amount of the civil penalty plus late fees will be due and a suspension could be issued.

Pursuant to F.S. 322.0261(4) the DHSMV will require drivers who were convicted of one of the following (in Florida or in another state while they held a Florida driver license) to attend a basic driver improvement course:

  • Passing a school bus when it displayed a stopped signal;
  • Racing on a highway;
  • Highway racing – spectator;
  • Reckless driving; or
  • Running a red light.

If the school option is elected and completed, points will be not be assessed and the DHSMV's school requirement for these charges will be met.

Tobacco Violations

  • Violation F.S. 569.11(1) – Making it unlawful for any person under age 18 to knowing possess any tobacco product.
  • Violation F.S. 569.11(2) – Making it unlawful for any person under age 18 to misrepresent age or military service in order to acquire any tobacco product
  • Violation F.S.  877.112(b) – Possession of Nicotine Device

You have 30 days to notify the clerk one of these elections for the violations above:

  • You will need to (a) pay a civil penalty of $30 and complete an anti-tobacco program OR (b) complete 16 hours of community service and complete an anti-tobacco program. The civil penalty or community service and the anti-tobacco program must be received within 60 days from the date of your election.

Violation F.S. 386.212- Prohibits any person under the age of 18 from smoking on, in or near a school.

  • You will need to (a) pay a civil penalty in the amount of $30 OR (b) complete 50 hours of community service OR (c)complete an anti-tobacco program.  The Clerk’s office must receive proof within 60 days from the date of your election

Request for Extension 

The Clerk’s Office is authorized to grant a one-time 30 day extension within 30 days of the date of citation.

  • Request must be in writing.
  • If you request an extension, you are waiving your right to elect traffic school.
  • To submit your request, fill out this form and email to to cjccounter@seminoleclerk.org.
  • To verify we received and processed your request and obtain the new due date, you may visit our website to view your court record online by entering your name or citation number.