This election is for moving traffic citations not requiring a mandatory court appearance (i.e. speeding in excess of 30 miles per hour). You may not elect to attend driver improvement school for any violation if you hold a commercial drivers license. Consider the following:
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Civil Infractions citations are due to be paid within 30 calendar days from the date of issuance.
An indefinite suspension will be placed against the drivers license until all fines, late fees, and reinstatement fees are paid.
The Clerk's office can provide you with an official printed copy of your driver's record for a small fee.
Generally, the Clerk's Office accepts the following for the payment of filing fees and fines:
You may pay your court fines, fees, and other costs using either of the four methods below. However, some traffic violations require that you show proof of insurance, drivers license, or other required items before the traffic citation can be considered closed. Failure to do so may result in the suspension of the defendant's drivers license.
Yes, we accept payments for traffic fines, court costs, and service charges over the phone using Mastercard, Visa, Discover, and American Express. Payments may be made by calling the Clerk's Traffic Division at 850-595-4360. The name on the card and the name of the person authorizing payment (the caller) must be the same, unless the card is registered to a business account. A credit card processing fee will be charged for each payment made by phone.
For criminal traffic cases, call 850-595-4360 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
If you are unable to pay your ticket within the 30-day timeframe, you must call the Traffic Division at 850-595-4360 to request a one-time 30-day extension to pay the fine or apply for participation in the Clerk's Partial Payment Program in order to avoid having your drivers license suspended. If the defendant elects the 30-day extension, and the ticket remains unpaid at the end of the 30 days, no further extensions will be granted and the defendant must enter the Clerk's Partial Payment Program in order to avoid suspension of the defendant's drivers license.
One, no points will be assessed against your drivers license, and two, attending driver improvement school to satisfy the violation will be entered on your driver history record as an "adjudication withheld".
If you fail to meet the driver school election requirements, you will be adjudicated guilty of the offense and points will be assessed against your license.
An indefinite suspension will be placed against your drivers license until all fines, late fees, and reinstatement fees are paid. If your ticket remains unpaid 30-days from the date of your drivers license suspension, your account is turned over to a collection agency.
Once your account has been turned over to collections, you have forfeited your right to participate in the Clerk's partial payment program and you must deal directly with the collection agency for payment information and instructions.
A D-6 is a clearance form showing that you have met all court requirements and/or have paid all outstanding traffic citations. You must provide this form to DHSMV in order to have your drivers license reinstated. The Escambia County Clerk's Traffic Division can reinstate your drivers license for a fee of $47.50.
Before a final order is entered in a case, a depositor of a cash bond may seek relief from the Court for return of a forfeited cash bond. The Clerk's office provides a form motion (PDF) that can be filed with the Court to seek this relief. The Court may set a court date to hear arguments from you, the State Attorney, and the Clerk's office. The Court will decide whether the cash bond should be returned to the person who deposited the cash bond. You are responsible for providing a copy of the completed motion to the State Attorney's Office and to the General Counsel for the Escambia County Clerk of Court and Comptroller.