Traffic Citations & Information
Important: A traffic payment is due in the Clerk's office by the compliance date (within 30 days of receipt of the citation). Payments received, regardless of postmark, or made after the compliance date will incur an additional $23.00 late fee.
Your options for a Traffic Citation
Upon receipt of a traffic ticket for any violation where points may be assessed, you have 30 days from the date of issuance of the ticket to exercise one of three options:
- Option 1: Pay the Ticket
- Option 2: Traffic School Election
- Option 3: Request for No Points and No Court Appearance OR Request for Court Hearing
Option 1 - Pay the Ticket
If you choose to pay the ticket, points are assessed against your driver license.
Pay Online or by Phone within 30 days from the date of issuance of the ticket.
Option 2 - Go To Traffic School
If you choose the school option, you must sign the Traffic School Election Form and file it with the Clerk's office within 30 days of the date you received the ticket. Upon receipt of your DDC affidavit and payment you will be granted an extra 60 days to attend a driver improvement school in the State of Florida.
Traffic School Election Form
If the driver improvement course is timely completed and the completion certificate timely filed, no points will be assessed against your driver license and the fine may be reduced, depending on the type of violation. To determine if the fine will be reduced for a particular violation, see the Table of Traffic Fines including Traffic School Reductions
Remember, you may only elect the traffic school option five (5) times in your life and the election can only be made once every twelve (12) months. Failure to timely complete the school course or timely submit your completion certificate or pay the fine will result in removal of the fee reduction, points being assessed, and suspension of your license and/or late fees being assessed.
Option 3 - Plea Forms & Contesting Your Ticket
Within 30 days of the date of the citation you can:
For a Plea Form, either access the form online: Plea Form for No Points and No Court Appearance or write to the Clerk at the mailing address or email address listed below. You can efile your request using these efiling instructions.
To request a hearing, fill out the Deny the Citation as Charged and Request a Hearing form.
If you request a hearing, the penalty is not limited to the fine amount on your ticket. If the court determines that you committed the offense, the judge can impose a fine up to $1000, depending on the offense, and/or require you to attend driving school. You will be notified of the time and date of your hearing.
Alachua County Clerk of Court
201 E. University Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32601
Email the Clerk's Traffic Bureau at:
(note: court filings cannot be accepted by email)