Paying Tickets & Citations

 

Options for Satisfying Citations

Persons wishing to satisfy a ticket or citation have the following options:

  1. Request a court date within 21 calendar days of receiving a citation so as to plead not guilty and request a trial.
  2. Pay the fine by check, cash, credit card, or money order, payable to the City of Dallas. 
  3. Request Deferred Disposition with driver safety course on moving traffic violations only, within 21 days of receiving the citation, with Texas Driver's License, proof of insurance, and pay an administrative fee.
  4. Request to perform work release.
  5. Request to make payment plan arrangements.
  6. Request a 30 day extension to pay the fine.
     
    • After expiration of the 21 calendar days, an additional $60 will be added to the fine and the case will go into alias warrant status.
    • All fine amounts are subject to change without notice.  Call (214) 670-0109 for offenses not listed or to confirm your fine amount, if you plan to pay by mail.

If a person decides they do not want a trial and wish to enter a plea of guilty or "nolo contendere" (no contest), the fine can be paid, with photo identification, at the Municipal Court Customer Service Windows at 2014 Main Street  and  111 W. Commerce.

Payment Methods for Court Fines and Detention Bonds

The Department of Court and Detention Services will accept cash, check, money orders, Master Card, Visa, Discover, Diners Club, Carte Blanche, and American Express. 

30 Day Extension of Time to Pay Citation Fines other than Parking Tickets

To request a 30 day extension of time to pay a fine, appear in person, with photo identification, within 21 days of receiving your citation and enter a plea of no contest or guilty at 2014 Main Street, 1st Floor or 111 W. Commerce.  Payment of a fine is considered an admission of guilt.  If you do not wish to enter a plea of guilty or no contest,  you will need to request a court date.

Payment of Parking Ticket

Parking enforcement and parking  ticket adjudication are not under the jurisdiction of Court and Detention Services. 

Extension of Time to Pay Parking Ticket

Parking enforcement and parking  ticket adjudication are not under the jurisdiction of Court and Detention Services. 

Driver Safety Course

If you have not participated in a driver safety course to satisfy a moving violation within the preceding twelve (12) months, you may request this option by mail, by submitting the following three documents within 21 days of receiving the citation:

  1. Photocopy of a Valid Texas Driver's License
  2. Photocopy of Proof of Current Financial Responsibility (Insurance)
  3. Pay the administrative fee with a check or money order, payable to the City of Dallas, for $103 or if you are cited for speeding in a school zone, the administrative fee is $128. Please remember to write your citation number on your check or money order to ensure proper processing.

To: Court & Detention Services
     2014 Main, Room 109
     Dallas, Texas 75201

Or, bring your documentation "in person" to 2014 Main, 1st Floor or 111 W. Commerce.

After receipt and acceptance of the documentation, a packet of instructions will be provided with instructions for completion of this program.

If a person has exceeded the posted speed limit by 25 or more miles, they will not be eligible to request this program without judicial authorization; therefore, a court date must be requested for consideration into this program.