Traffic Citations

*Please Notice*

If you are interested in attending a Defensive Driving School, you must first contact the Traffic Division at the Clerk of Court for payment and enrollment information.

Traffic Citations

A Civil Traffic Citation is a non-criminal traffic violation that is not punishable by incarceration and for which there is no right to a trial by jury or a right to court-appointed counsel. Most civil traffic infractions do not require a court appearance, but can be disposed by paying a civil penalty, requesting an infraction hearing, or electing to attend a driver improvement course.

The Clerk of the Court collects all traffic fines and distributes the proceeds according to law. The total amount of a traffic fine consists of amounts required to be paid by Florida Law as well as by County and City ordinances and may vary from what is written on your citation by the officer. Check with the Clerk's Office for the total amount due on your citation.

Parking Citations for violations that occur outside of the Pensacola Downtown Parking Management District are paid to the Clerk of Court. These citations are payable within 30 days from the date of issuance. If your parking citation was issued by the City of Pensacola Downtown Parking Management District you need to contact their office to determine how and where to pay the citation.


Upon receipt of a civil traffic citation for any non-criminal violation, you have 30 days from the date of issuance of the ticket to exercise one of three options:

  1. Option 1 - Pay the Ticket
  2. Option 2 - Pay Ticket & Attend Driver Course
  3. Option 3 - Contest the Ticket In Court

Payment on your citation is due in the Clerk's Office within 30 days from the date the citation was issued. Payments may be made in person, by phone, mail, or online.

Payment Options

The Clerk's Office accepts cash, money orders, traveler's checks, and credit cards (credit card payments will incur an additional 3.5% service charge on the payment). All payments, regardless of method, must be received by the Clerk's Office by the 30th day.

Late Payments

If you are making a late payment, your clearance document(s) will be prepared and mailed to you via U.S. Mail at the address listed on your traffic citation. Making a late payment online does not automatically reinstate or prevent suspension of your driver's license. You will still need to present your clearance document(s) to a Florida Department of Motor Vehicles or Tax Collector office.