HOW TO PAY A TRAFFIC TICKET
How do you pay a traffic ticket in Ontario? That depends… If the police have given you a “ticket” for a simple offence like speeding, failing to properly wear a seatbelt, careless driving, disobeying a stop sign, etc., then your general options include:
- Online payment
- In-person payment
- Payment by mail
- Telephone payment
Tickets include your total-payable fine written on the bottom-left corner of your offence notice.
However, if the police have given you a summons for a serious offence such as stunt driving, driving under suspension, or driving without insurance, things get more complicated. These offences require you or your legal representative to attend the mandatory court date listed on your offence notice and can take several months to resolve. These matters can carry a wide range of serious fines up into the thousands or tens of thousands of dollars.
If you pay your ticket you are entering a plea of guilt to your charge(s). This plea of guilt will result in a record of conviction and may carry significant licencing and insurance penalties. Commercial motor vehicle drivers (such as transport truck drivers) may also be facing CVOR point penalties that can result in the termination of their employment. Before deciding whether or not to simply pay your ticket, it is important to understand the consequences of that decision.
OTD Ticket Defenders Legal Services can help you with a no-cost, no-obligation initial consultation to review your case details with you in as little as 5 to 10 minutes over the telephone. A few minutes on the phone can help ensure that you’re making an informed decision and avoiding a legal misstep that could result in costly consequences. If you’ve been charged by the police, you can contact our friendly staff via our toll-free number 1-844-647-6869, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by text at 226-240-2480. Any time of day or night, you can also submit an online consultation request and one of our staff will then contact you during regular office hours.
If you are certain that you wish to pay your ticket and wish to do so in-person, by telephone, or by mail, it is best to read the options on the back of your ticket or to contact the court directly. Different court jurisdictions may have different policies and options in place, so contacting your specific court will help ensure that you do not make an error in paying your fine. If the court does not properly receive your fine payment, your driver’s licence can be suspended for the unpaid fine.
If you would like to pay your ticket(s) online, you will need to look up each of your tickets online. Once you have searched each of your offences, you can click on the ‘Payment Options’ link to be taken to the correct online-payment webpage for the court that your case is tied to. If you have multiple tickets, it is important to ensure that each ticket has been paid. Missing payment for any of your tickets can result in a suspension of your driver’s licence.
If your charge(s) have been issued by way of summons, you or your legal representative will need to negotiate at court to determine what fine (if any) will be paid and how long the court will provide for that fine to be paid. You may need to contact the court directly in these matters to discuss how and when payments will be made. Depending on the severity of your court fine, an extended payment plan can potentially be arranged with the court to avoid a suspension of your driver’s licence due to non-payment.
It is often more cost-effective to hire a paralegal to fight your charge at court than to be convicted by simply paying it.