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
Elect Traffic School
Request a Hearing
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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.