Questions on Arizona Traffic Tickets

Below are frequent questions and answers pertaining to Arizona traffic tickets and complaints (also known as citations or tickets) issued by officers with the Arizona Department of Public Safety.  Citations and/or warnings assist in promoting highway safety and improved driving behavior.



How do I handle the equipment repair order I received?
Please follow the instructions found on the bottom portion of the Warning / Equipment Repair Order you have received (sample). If you have lost the equipment repair order, please send a letter or post card with your name, address, license plate number and a signed statement certifying the problem has been corrected to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, P.O. Box 18470, Phoenix, AZ 85005-8470.

Thank you for doing your part in promoting safety on our highways by closely observing our traffic laws.

Do I have to appear in court for the violation?
If you were cited for a civil violation you have several options: 

  1. Attend driving school
  2. Pay the fine
    • For additional payment options, click here to locate and contact your court
    • Click here for information on paying your fine by mail
  3. Request a hearing
    • To request a hearing, click here to locate and contact your court

Requirements to appear for criminal violations vary depending on the violation cited.  If you are represented by legal council they will advise when you need to appear.  If not represented by council, please contact the court directly or appear as indicated on the citation.

Can I pay my fine by mail?
If you received an envelope from the officer that issued you the citation, the information on how to pay by mail should be contained within the envelope.

If you did not receive an envelope from the officer, you will need to contact the specified court.  Please click here for information on how to contact your court.

How do I find more information about my violation?
On the citation you received there is a section labeled A, B, C, D and E. In this area are a series of numbers (help). You may use the ARS link below to look up your specific violation.

Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) Lookup

Do I still have to pay the fine if I repair the problem I was cited for?
This is determined by each specific court. Please click here for information on how to contact your court.

Do my parents have to know if I received a citation?
Arizona Revised Statute (ARS) 8-323.D requires the parent, guardian or custodian of the juvenile (person under the age of 18) to appear in court with the juvenile at the time of disposition of the charge.

What court do I need to appear in and when?
The court information pertaining to your citation is found on the bottom portion of page one (help) of your citation. Once you have located your court, click here for information on how to contact your court.

Can I attend Defensive Driving School for my violation?
If you received a civil traffic moving violation, you may be eligible to attend a defensive driving class and have the violation dismissed.  If you choose this option, and are eligible, the violation will not appear on your driving record and no points will be assessed for the violation. 

For additional information about Defensive Driving Schools and eligibility, please click here.

If you have received an Arizona Department of Public Safety photo enforcement “notice of violation,” the ticket cannot be dismissed by attending a defensive driving school.  Click here for additional information on photo enforcement notices.

Am I responsible for insurance or registration citations if it was not my vehicle?
The state of Arizona does not provide a statute that allows the officer to issue the citation to the owner of the vehicle if the owner is not present during the traffic stop.  It is the responsibility of the driver of the vehicle to produce current registration and proof of insurance upon request by a law enforcement officer, regardless of vehicle ownership.

What do I do if I received a photo enforcement notice (ticket or violation) in the mail?
Please visit the photo enforcement website to learn more information about your notice such as payment options, questions, and view actual photos captured by our speed cameras.

How can I find out if I have other outstanding obligations with Arizona Courts?
Click here to inquire.