If you get a speeding ticket, traffic ticket or any other type of moving violation in Georgia, what can be done if you lose your ticket? The Georgia DDS does not keep a record of all tickets given out in the state which makes it very tough to locate a ticket if you lose it and do NOT remember exactly where you were when you were given that ticket.
So what can be done to locate that ticket in Georgia and hopefully hire an attorney or make payment before the deadline that is noted on the ticket itself?
- Try to recall your location(specifically) when you got the ticket by pinpointing the area on a map. Once you do this you can reach out and call County and Municipal courts located within that area. It is easy enough to do a Google search to pull up those courts and phone numbers but it will take some time and effort to make the phone calls. Some counties/cities have online citation searches available where you can enter a driver’s license number and your name and it will pull up any citations you have in their system.
- If you think you have already missed your court date, call the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) and question whether or not they have any information on your ticket by providing your name and driver’s license. This will only work, however, if you have a Georgia driver’s license as out of state drivers will have to check with their state’s DDS/DMV to find out if the Georgia lost citation has already been reported on their driving record.
- If you pull your driving record online after your payment date/court date has passed, the ticket should then show up but what also might appear is a FTA(Failure to Appear) Charge or a “Bench Warrant Issued” as Georgia considers every moving violation a criminal misdemeanor and non payment or not showing up in court is taken very seriously. Eventually this could lead to license suspension whether you live in Georgia or another state. Thus, its best that you don’t just ignore or forget about the ticket as it will definitely come back to haunt you later!
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