Traffic Citations Information

A civil traffic infraction is a non-criminal violation which usually can be disposed of by payment of a civil penalty or election to attend a defensive driving course. A court appearance is not required, except in cases where the violation involves an accident with serious bodily injury, a fatality or certain other violations.

Your options for a Traffic Citation

In Lee County, you have 30 days from the date of issuance to elect one of the following:

  • Option 1: Plead guilty, accept points on your driver license and pay the ticket
  • Option 2: Pay the ticket and Elect Traffic School to withhold adjudication off your driving record
  • Option 3: Contest the ticket and request a court hearing

Option 1 - Pay the Ticket

By paying the Traffic Civil Penalty, you are admitting guilt and the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) will assess points on your driving record for moving violations.
Pay Online, by mail or in person.

Option 2 - Go To Traffic School

If you choose to go to school, you must submit the Traffic School Affidavit and file it with the Clerk’s office with your payment within 30 days of receiving the ticket. Upon receipt of your affidavit and payment you will be granted an extra 60 days to attend a driver improvement school. Failure to attend the school or pay the fine will result in suspension of your license and late fees being assessed.

No points are assessed against your Driver’s License if you attend a driver improvement school.

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.

Traffic School Certificates can be submitted by mail, in person or by email to

Check Status of Submitted Completion Certificate

Option 3 - Contesting Your Ticket

To contest your ticket, call or visit the Clerk’s office in person. Once processed, a court hearing will be set. If you have not received a hearing notice after 10 business days, please contact the Clerk’s office.

Lee County Clerk of Court

Mailing Address
PO Box 2507
Fort Myers, FL 33902

Justice Center
2075 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33901

Lee County Goverment Center
1039 SE 9th Place, 2nd Floor
Cape Coral, FL 33990

Phone: 239-533-5000, option 2