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 or have a central database of all tickets which makes it very tough to locate a ticket if you lose it especially if you do NOT remember exactly where you were when you were given that ticket.
How do you locate your traffic ticket in Georgia and if you can, 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!
Update 6/11/20- You can search this website to see if you can locate your traffic ticket in Georgia and pay it or choose to hire an attorney to help keep the violation and points off your driving record. Not all cities and courts are part of this payment system but many municipal court and some county traffic tickets can be found here. Please note you can look the ticket up in the system to obtain information without having to pay it. if you pay it online that is an admission of guilt and the ticket will go your driving record. If you are past your due date for payment, you can then follow step 3 above to see if the ticket has indeed reached your state’s driver services department.
Once you locate the ticket, whether you want to fight it or you are past due you can call our office today at 404-315-9936 or contact Georgia Traffic Lawyers by completing our form for a free consultation.