Traffic & Misdemeanors

Understanding your traffic citation (key areas)

The Traffic Citation image is offered to assist the public in better understanding their citation and some key areas of information and is available for viewing in a Portable Document Format (PDF). To view or print a PDF file, the Adobe Acrobat Reader software must be installed on the user's computer.

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What if the next scheduled event is "must comply by"?

An option must be selected by the event date if the next scheduled event is "must comply by". The options are pay the civil penalty, elect driving school, or if applicable, enter a not guilty plea. Payment may be made through the Internet, at a service location, through the mail, or via the telephone. Not guilty pleas may be filed at the counters, or by mail.

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How do I pay a traffic fine online?

The Broward County Clerk of Courts Online Fine Payment Service is provided as a convenience to the public. Use of this service in no way relieves the defendant from the responsibility of paying a traffic fine, or making an election in a timely manner. If the defendant finds that certain case information has not been entered, of if any of these systems are not functional; it is still the responsibility of the defendant to make payment or election to the Clerk of Courts office prior to the due date.

The defendant may use the Online Fine Payment service to pay a traffic fine and, if they choose, elect the option to attend defensive driving school. If the defendant elects the option to attend defensive driving school, they are responsible for locating, registering and completing the driving school in which they choose to attend within ninety (90) days of electing the option.

The following instructions will assist you in paying a traffic fine online.

1. Open your browser and go to www.browardclerk.org

2. Select Online Services and Fine Payments

3. On the "Fine Payment Search" screen, you may search by Party Name, Case Number or the Citation/NTA number and click SUBMIT. (Click Here if you are unable to locate your citation)

4. On the "Case Search Results" screen, click on the Blue Case Number to view case information.

5. On the "Case Summary" screen, under the Charge Detail section, select the desired charge by clicking on the round radio button, then scroll down and click on PAY FINE/FEE.

6. On the "Payment Detail" screen, select the desired payment option and click ADD TO BASKET. If available, you may elect the option to attend defensive driving school at this time.

7. On the "Payment Summary" screen you have the option to Delete a Fine, Pay Another Fine or Fee, or click PURCHASE to proceed with payment. If there is another Fine/Fee that you would like to add to your basket before completing your transaction, you would need to click on the Pay Another Fine/Fee tab and follow steps 3 thru 6 again.

8. On the "Payment" screen enter the Cardholder's Name, Billing Address, Zip Code, Credit Card Number, Expiration Date and Security Code. Accepted cards include Visa and MasterCard. Click CONFIRM PURCHASE to process the transaction.

9. The following screen should display an "Order Summary" of the transaction. Click PRINT THIS PAGE, or make note of the confirmation number as a reference for any questions you may have regarding this transaction.

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How do I pay a traffic fine that I am unable to locate online?

The Broward County Clerk of Courts On-Line Fine Payment System is provided as a convenience to the public. Using this service in no way relieves the defendant from the responsibility of paying a traffic fine, or making an election in a timely manner.

If a defendant finds that certain case information has not been entered, or if any of these systems are not functional, it is still the responsibility of the defendant to make payment or election to the Clerk of Courts office within 30 days of receiving the citation. Due to various factors, sometimes it can take up to 3 weeks from the time the citation is issued to the actual date the citation is entered into the Clerk's computer system, and therefore, you may want to wait until the 2nd or 3rd week to see if the citation has been entered into the system.

At any time, the defendant may come in person or mail the yellow citation to the Clerk's Office for the purpose of manually entering the citation information into the computer system.

If you do not see the citation in the system and the 30 days is approaching, please select one of the following alternative options:

Clerk of the Courts
P.O. Box 14610
Fort Lauderdale, FL
33302-4610
Service Locations

Citations that cannot be processed by the Clerk’s Office:

If any of the following applies to the statute number on the citation, the citation cannot be processed by the Clerk of Courts and must be returned to the issuing officer for correction. This will cause a delay in the citation being entered on the computer system and will prevent the cashier from processing payment manually.

If the statute number is:

  • unreadable
  • incomplete
  • incorrect
  • missing

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What types of violations are not payable through the Internet?

The following violations are not payable through the Internet because fees vary according to the type of violation. The defendant must take payment to a location or send payment through the mail.

  • Cases that have an amount paid into hold
  • Boat Speeding violations
  • Fishing, Hunting, or Trapping violations
  • Marine violations
  • Misdemeanors that do not require a court appearance
  • Municipal ordinances that do not require a court appearance
  • Saltwater Fishing License violations

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What accident cases may not be paid for through the Internet?

Accident cases with a severity of “Fatality” or “Serious bodily injury” may not be paid for through the Internet unless the count has been to court and fines/costs were assessed. A court appearance is mandatory for these types of violations.

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Why is a case with an Activity note not payable?

The case has an activity note and all applicable information cannot be displayed. Please go to a service location.

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Why is a case with a defendant note not payable?

The case has a defendant note and all applicable information cannot be displayed. Please go to a service location.

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Why is a count with an open activity not payable?

A count with an open capias or D6 may not be payable through the website. The count may be paid at any service location or sent through the mail. If you hold an out-of-state driver license other requirements may be needed by the issuing State Department of Motor Vehicle to be in compliance. Each state has different rules and procedures for clearing driver license matters.

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What if I have been charged with a Driver’s License, Registration or Insurance violation?

If you have been ticketed by law enforcement for failure to carry or display a driver's license, vehicle registration or proof of insurance and you have valid documentation, (valid documentation means that the issue date of your license, registration or insurance was prior to the issue date of the ticket), you may forward the cost of the dismissal fee, the yellow copy of the ticket and a photocopy of your valid document and the charge will be dismissed by the Clerk's Office.

If your Driver's License, Registration, Tag, or Insurance was expired you must pay the fine amount due as indicated on the Mailer information form the officer gave you. Submit this fine payment with a photocopy of the renewed License, Registration or Insurance documentation.

If you cannot provide valid proof of registration or insurance, a signed, notarized statement explaining why valid proof cannot be provided, may be submitted along with payment.

If you were cited for a criminal license, registration or insurance violation, we will be unable to accept payment and a court appearance is mandatory.

Please note, if cited for no proof of insurance and your insurance was not valid prior to the issue date of the ticket and you received a ticket for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and/or were cited for causing an accident simultaneously, you are not eligible to pay the insurance violation and a court appearance is mandatory.

Driver's license, registration and insurance violations are not payable through the Internet. You must go to a service location or send payment and proof through the mail.

If paying by mail please make check or money order payable to the Clerk of the County Court. Checks or money orders must be drawn on a United States bank. You may also pay by credit card through the mail. Please forward all payments to:

Howard C. Forman, Clerk of the Court
P. O. Box 14610
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33302-4610

To verify the fine amount due or receive further assistance, please call 954-712-7899. This service is available from 6am to 10pm, 7 days a week. If your ticket has not been entered on our computer please try this service again at a later date.

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Why can't I pay for License, Insurance, Tag or Registration violations through the Internet?

Driver license, insurance, vehicle tag or registration violations cannot be paid for through the Internet. The cost of these violations depends on whether the document was valid at the time of the incident and many other factors, which differ for each customer. The defendant must take payment and proof of the valid document to a service location or send payment and proof through the mail to the following address.

Clerk of the Courts
P.O. Box 14610
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33302-4610

For insurance, vehicle tag or registration violations, if valid proof cannot be obtained, a notarized statement, indicating why valid proof cannot be obtained, must be provided.

A decriminalized affidavit allows the defendant to complete and sign an affidavit pleading "no contest" to the charge. The defendant must show valid proof and can only elect this option three (3) times in a lifetime.

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What is the Decriminalized Affidavit Option for License Suspended w/o Knowledge?

A decriminalized affidavit allows the defendant to complete and sign an affidavit pleading "no contest" to the charge. The defendant must show valid proof and can only elect this option three (3) times in a lifetime.

If your driver license was not valid at the time the citation was issued, you must renew/reinstate your license. You may enter a plea of No Contest, sign a notarized affidavit and pay the associated fees. A copy of your valid driver license must be submitted with your payment and affidavit at a courthouse location or through the mail.

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What if I have been charged with an Improper Equipment violation?

If you received a citation for improper or unsafe equipment, under Florida State Statute 316.610, you are given the opportunity to elect a reduced fine payment. Please read the instructions on the back of your yellow citation and Mailer Information Form for direction.

In order to elect this option you must have a law enforcement agency, with the exception of the Florida Highway Patrol, inspect the vehicle and sign the back of the citation indicating that the defect has been corrected. This must be completed within 30 calendar days from receiving your citation. The agency will charge you a fee for this inspection. After you have completed this inspection process, mail the signed yellow ticket and a check or money order in the amount indicated on the Mailer Information Form to the Clerk's Office. No points will be assessed.

Note: if you elect to pay the reduced fee and you have completed the inspection process, you must go to a location, counter, or send payment and proof through the mail. The reduced fee cannot be paid through the Internet.

If you elect to pay the full amount of the citation, payment may be made through the Internet, at a location, counter, or through the mail.

If paying by mail please make check or money order payable to the Clerk of the County Court. Checks or money orders must be drawn on a United States bank. You may also pay by credit card through the mail. Please forward all payments to the following address:

Howard C. Forman, Clerk of the Court
P. O. Box 14610
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33302-4610

In all cases, you must comply (payment and/or proof) within 30 calendar days from the date you received your citation or your driver's license will be suspended and additional delinquent fees must be submitted. If your license becomes suspended, additional costs will be required, in order to get your driver's license reinstated.

To verify the fine amount due or receive further assistance, please call 954-712-7899. This service is available from 6am to 10pm, 7 days a week. If your ticket has not yet been entered on our computer, please try this service again at a later date.

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What if I have been charged with a Moving or Non-Moving or Red Light violation?

If you have been charged with a moving or non-moving or red light violation and your violation is a payable violation as indicated on the yellow copy of your citation, you have 30 calendar days from the date you received your ticket to select one of the following options:

  • Pay the fine and accept the points, if points are applicable to the violation.
  • Elect the traffic school option if eligible (if you received a child restraint violation or if you possess a commercial driver's license, you are NOT eligible), successfully complete traffic school and not receive points.
  • Enter a plea of Not Guilty.

If you elect to pay the fine and accept the points, if points are applicable, please follow the instructions given on the Mailer Information Form you received from the officer.

You must comply within 30 calendar days from the date you received your ticket or your driver's license may be suspended and an additional delinquent fees must be submitted. If your license becomes suspended, additional costs will be required in order for you to get your driver's license reinstated.

Please make checks or money orders payable to the Clerk of the County Court. Checks or money orders must be drawn on a United States bank. You may also pay by credit card through the mail.

Please forward all payments to the following address:

Howard C. Forman, Clerk of the Court
P. O. Box 14610
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33302-4610

We also offer the ability to pay your fine by credit card or verify the fine amount due, via the telephone. If you choose to elect this option and your ticket has not yet been entered on our computer, please try this service again at a later date. If you would like to pay your fine by MasterCard or Visa, verify the fine amount due or receive further assistance, please call 954-712-7899.

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What if I have been issued a Tri-Rail Fare Evasion Citation?

If you have been charged with a Tri-Rail Fare Violation, you must elect one of the following options:

  • Pay the civil penalty for the violation on or before the date listed on the violation.
  • Appear for arraignment at the location and time indicated on the violation.

Failure to comply within 30 calendar days will result in the addition of a second-degree misdemeanor charge.

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What if I have been charged with a Smoking violation?

If you have been charged with a Smoking violation, you must appear at the location and time indicated on the violation. Failure to comply may affect your driving privileges.

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What if I have been charged with a Toll or SunPass violation?

If you have been charged with a Toll or SunPass violation, you must select one of the following options from the instructions that the officer sent you along with the citation. Failure to resolve the citation by the "Must Comply By Date" will result in the suspension of your driver's license and you may not be able to renew your vehicle registration.

  • Option 1
  • You may make payment to Florida Department of Transportation by sending a check or money order only within 30 days from the date of issuance of the citation. Please use the enclosed pre-addressed envelope. The check or money order must be made payable to: Florida Department of Transportation. Please sign and date at the bottom of the citation and include the original document with your payment.

  • Option 2
  • If paying after 30 days, elect to pay $135.00 plus the unpaid toll amount if indicated on the citation, by mail or in person to the Clerk of the County Court. By selecting this option adjudication will be withheld and no points will be assessed. You must sign and date this Citation and include the original Citation with your payment to Howard Forman, Clerk of the Circuit Court at TRAFFIC DIVISION P.O. Box 14610, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33302-4610. Payments should be in the form of a money order or cashier's check in U.S. funds only. Personal checks ARE accepted. DO NOT MAIL CASH.

  • Option 3
  • To plead not guilty, check the "Not Guilty" box, sign and date at the bottom of the citation and mail the original document in the enclosed pre-addressed envelope to the Florida Department of Transportation within 30 days from the date of issuance. Please be sure your address and zip code are correct. The Florida Department of Transportation will notify the Court of your plea. The Court will notify you by mail of the time and date of your court hearing. If you are found guilty, you will be assessed a fine for failure to pay a toll plus court costs and 3 points will be assessed against your driver's license record per Florida State Statute 322.27. If you choose this option and do not appear at the time specified by the court, your driver's license will be suspended and you may not be able to renew your vehicle registration until the issue is resolved satisfactorily with the court.

These violations are payable through the Internet.

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How do I know how many times I have attended driving school?

The Clerk of Courts does not keep record of how many times a defendant has elected to attend defensive driving school. You may check with the traffic school that you last attended or you may inquire on your driving record for the last time you elected traffic school.

If an election for traffic school is made and the defendant is not eligible to attend traffic school, points will be assessed, a driver's license suspension will be issued and additional fines will be assessed.

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What if I have elected to attend driving school?

If you elect the traffic school option, no points will be assessed. The course must be completed in the State of Florida within 90 days of the day that you make the election. Out-of-State completions will not be honored. If you are an Out of State driver, you should check with your state Motor Vehicle Bureau to see if they will assess the points if you elect this option.

There are 2 different Traffic School courses available in Broward County, a 4-hour course and 8-hour course. Eligibility to attend the course is based upon your previous driving record. The 4-hour basic driver improvement course is available to those who have not elected the course more than 5 times in a lifetime and those who have not elected the course in the last 12 months. The 8-hour course must be chosen if you have elected a 4-hour course in the last 12 months. Please note: If you possess a commercial motor vehicle driver's license, you are not eligible to elect either course.

It is your responsibility to enroll in a traffic school. For information concerning Traffic School enrollment, locations, and course fees, please contact a Traffic School listed in your local yellow pages or search on-line.

You must comply (payment and election form) within 30 calendar days from the date you received your citation, or your driver's license may be suspended and additional delinquent fees must be submitted. If your license becomes suspended additional costs will be required in order for you to get your driver's license reinstated.

Enrollment fees must be paid to the Traffic Schools; do not remit enrollment fees to the Clerk's Office with your fine payment.

If you fail to complete the traffic school within 90 days you will receive the points, your driver's license will be suspended and additional fines and costs will be assessed.

If paying your fine by mail, please make checks or money orders payable to the Clerk of the County Court. Checks or money orders must be drawn on a United States bank. You may also pay by credit card through the mail. Please forward all payments to the following address:

Howard C. Forman, Clerk of the Court
P. O. Box 14610
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33302-4610

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How do I qualify for 4-hour driving school?

If you have not elected to attend defensive driving school five (5) times in a lifetime and have not attended in the last 12 months, you are eligible for 4-hour defensive driving school. You are NOT eligible for the class if you have a commercial driver's license or if you received a child restraint violation

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How do I qualify for 8-hour driving school?

If you have not elected to attend defensive driving school five (5) times in a lifetime but you have attended a 4-hour class in the last 12 months, you are eligible for the 8-hour defensive driving school. You are NOT eligible for the class if you have a commercial driver's license or if you received a child restraint violation.

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Where do I send my completion of driving school?

Most traffic schools automatically send proof of the defendant's completion to the Clerk of Courts Traffic Division electronically. However, you may want to check with the traffic school to make sure they have completed this process.

At any time you may choose to mail a copy of the traffic school completion to:

Clerk of the Courts - Traffic Division
P.O. Box 14610
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33302-4610

Fax copies are not accepted

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What if I am unable to attend driving school, or I no longer want to attend driving school?

If you are unable to complete Traffic School within 90 days and still wish to attend a class, you may appear at any of our courthouse locations and obtain an extension. You must be within 90 days of the original election date or court order date. There is a fee associated with this service.

If 90 days have passed from the original date of election no reorders are granted. Points will be assessed, your driver's license will be suspended and additional fines will be assessed.

If you wish to forfeit the traffic school election and receive points, you may appear at any of our courthouse locations and pay the appropriate forfeit fees and delinquent fees, if applicable. The cost for this forfeit process will vary based upon the violation, as well as the status of your driver's license.

If you would like information concerning Traffic School enrollment, locations, and course fees, please contact a Traffic School in your local yellow pages or search on-line.

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How do I view a future scheduled court date?

  1. Go to www.browardclerk.org
  2. Go to Online Services and Public Access Case Search.
  3. Select Criminal Case Records.
  4. On the "Public Case Search" page, search by Party Name, Case Number OR Citation/NTA number and click SUBMIT
  5. The search results or a message stating your criteria did not match any records will be displayed
  6. Select the desired case, and click VIEW SELECTED CASE
  7. On the "Case Summary" page, scroll down to Key Dates – Future Scheduled Events. If an upcoming court date is scheduled, it will be listed.

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What if I am unable to appear for my scheduled court date?

If you have entered a plea of “Not Guilty” for a case with TI in the case number, received a court date notice, and you are unable to appear for your scheduled court date you must contact the Clerk's Office in person or in writing. You will be required to fill out a "Civil Traffic Court Defendant’s Request Form". This request will be forwarded to the presiding Hearing Officer for review. If this request is granted, you will be notified by mail of your new court date. By making this request, you may be giving up your right to a speedy trial. If you fail to appear on your scheduled court date for a non-criminal violation, the Hearing Officer may issue a suspension of your driver's license.

If you missed your court date and wish to schedule a new court date for a case with TI in the case number, you must contact the Clerk's Office in person or in writing, and again may be required to fill out a "Civil Traffic Court Defendant’s Request Form". This request will be forwarded to the presiding Hearing Officer for review. If this request is granted, you will be notified by mail of your new court date. However, the suspension may not be withdrawn until delinquent fees are paid.

If you have received a court date notice for any other case types, and you are unable to appear for your scheduled court date you must contact the Clerk's Office in person or in writing. You will be required to fill out a "Defendant Request Form". This request will be forwarded to the presiding Judge for review. If this request is granted, you will be notified by mail of your new court date. By making this request, you may be giving up your right to a speedy trial. If you fail to appear on your scheduled court date, the judge may issue a warrant for your arrest as well as a suspension of your driver’s license.

If you missed your court date for any other case types and wish to schedule a new court date, you must contact the Clerk's Office in person or in writing, and again may be required to fill out a "Defendant Request Form". This request will be forwarded to the presiding Judge for review. If this request is granted, you will be notified by mail of your new court date.

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Can I pay my fine through the internet if my plea is not guilty?

If a plea of not guilty was entered and the case has not yet gone to court, fines may not be paid through the Internet. These fees vary according to the type of violation. The defendant must take payment to a service location or send the payment by mail.

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How do I submit a Plea by Mail for a non-criminal traffic infraction?

If you were cited for a non-criminal traffic infraction and you are unable to appear for court, you may be eligible to submit an Affidavit of Defense. This option is available for non-criminal traffic infractions where no fatality has occurred.

To determine if your citation is a non-criminal traffic infraction, review the boxes located at the "Court Information" section of your yellow citation. If either of the following two boxes is marked, you are eligible to elect the plea by mail option. The first box states "Infraction, court appearance required, as indicated below". The second box states "Infraction which does not require appearance in court".

If you wish to obtain the required form via mail, you must send a letter requesting the "Affidavit of Defense" option. Be sure to include your citation number(s), full name, address and telephone number. When your request is received, we will forward the appropriate form along with a set of written instructions.

Once you have completed the Affidavit of Defense, you must return the notarized Affidavit to our office along with a money order or cashier's check payable to the "Broward Sheriff's Office", to be posted as a bond.

The bond amounts are as follows:

  • $100.00 per ticket, if the case involves an accident where personal injuries occurred.
  • $75.00 per ticket, if the case involved an accident without personal injuries or no accident occurred.

No personal checks are accepted as payment for posting of bonds.

If you are found not guilty, your money will be returned to you in full. If you are found guilty and a fine is assessed, the fine will be deducted from your bond and the balance will be returned to you. If your fine is more than the posted bond amount, you will be notified of the balance due and the due date. In all cases, we will notify you of the outcome by mail.

Please make certified checks or money orders payable to the Broward Sheriff's Office. Checks or money orders must be drawn on a United States bank. Please forward all monies and correspondence to:

Howard C. Forman, Clerk of the Court
P. O. Box 14610
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33302-4610

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How do I submit a Plea by Mail for Criminal Traffic or Misdemeanor Violations?

If you have been cited or arrested for a criminal traffic or misdemeanor charge, you may be eligible to exercise the "plea by mail" option.

The "plea by mail" request must be submitted in writing.

If you are pleading "not guilty," you are not eligible for this option and must appear in court.

To be eligible for consideration for this option, you must write a letter to the attention of the "Honorable Judge of the County Court." Include in this letter your Full Name, Date of Birth, Address, Telephone Number, Date the Violation Occurred, What You Were Charged With, Citation Number (if one was issued), and Arrest Number (if one was issued). In the body of the letter, you must explain why you cannot attend court and your intention to enter a plea of guilty or no contest.

You must forward the request to:

Howard C. Forman, Clerk of the Court
P. O. Box 14610
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33302-4610

When this request is received by the Clerk's Office, it will be forwarded to the appropriate Judge for review.

The Clerk's Office will notify you of the decision by mail.

If your request is granted, you will receive further instructions which will require mandated forms to be completed and returned to our office. If your request is denied, you will be required to appear in court.

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What if I change my address and I have a pending case?

If you have changed your address and you have a pending case, it is imperative that you notify the court, in writing, of your new address so you receive all future notices and correspondence. Please include the following information in your correspondence:

  • Your change of address
  • Your full name
  • Your date of birth
  • Your telephone number
  • Your case or citation number
  • Your signature

NOTE: Changing your address with the Post Office or on your driver's license does not change it with the Clerk of the Court

Please forward all correspondence to the following address:

Howard C. Forman, Clerk of the Court
P. O. Box 14610
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33302-4610

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What is a D6?

A D6 is a notification sent to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) by the Clerk of Courts for failure to comply with court requirements. The Department of Motor Vehicles issues suspensions, but each state has different rules and procedures for clearing license matters. Although D6 fees can be paid with the Clerk of the Court there may still be additional requirements that have to be met before a driver license can be reinstated. If you have a Florida Driver's license you may reinstate on the Clerk's website, www.browardclerk.org, or at any service location, if there are no other suspensions pending.

If you hold an out-of-state driver license other requirements may be needed by the issuing State Department of Motor Vehicles to be in compliance.

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What is the mailing address for traffic and misdemeanor payments?

Clerk of the Courts
P.O. Box 14610
Fort Lauderdale, FL
33302-4610

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What are my options for a payable traffic ticket?

Option 1: Pay citation within 30 days

  • Plead guilty
  • Points are assessed if applicable.
  • No driving school
  • No court appearance

Option 2: Pay Citation/Elect to attend defensive driving school within 30 days of receiving citation

  • Plead no contest
  • No court appearance
  • Pay fine and no points will be assessed
  • It is your responsibility to elect and enroll in a defensive driving school (search telephone book or Internet for a list of driving schools)
  • Retain a copy of your citation in order to register at any Florida approved defensive driving school
  • Complete defensive driving school within 90 days of making election and send completion to the
    Clerk of the Courts Traffic Division
  • Do NOT send defensive driving school fees to the Clerk of Courts
  • NOTE: NOT ELIGIBLE FOR DRIVING SCHOOL
    • Child Restraint violations
    • A person who holds a Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver's License
    • Certain speeding violations of 30 MPH and above

Option 3: Plead not guilty within 30 days to request a court hearing

  • A person charged with any infraction may request a hearing within 30 days and up to 180 days after the violation. If the 180th day falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday, the person who is charged must request the hearing within 177 days after the violation. If after 180 days the defendant may request a hearing by submitting a defendant request order form to the Judge or Hearing officer to review.
  • Defendant files not guilty pleading in person or by mail
  • Case is set for pre-trial conference. Police officer is not there and defendant may plead the case out or request a trial
  • Trial - officer is there and the facts and evidence of the case are presented
  • Defendant may be convicted or acquitted
  • Adjudication, if convicted, may be guilty (points) or withheld (no points)
  • Court costs / fines may be assessed by Hearing Officer
  • Failure to appear for a court date may result in a license suspension being issued or hearing held in absentia

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How many points are assessed for my violation?

The number of points assessed varies depending on the violation. The State of Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles determines point assessment. To view the "points system" index on the Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website, click on the link below.
Driving Violations and Points

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What if my fine is overdue or I need an extension?

If you received a payable traffic ticket, your payment must be received in the Clerk's Office within 30 calendar days of the date you received your citation as noted on the information you were given by the law enforcement officer. Failure to comply will result in the suspension of your driver's license and additional delinquent fees will be assessed.

If you have appeared in court and previously were given time to pay your fine by the Judge or Hearing Officer, and are now requiring additional time to pay your fine, you must request this extension in writing, for consideration. Please make this request to the Judge or Hearing Officer you appeared before. If you do not remember the Judge or Hearing Officer's name, you may address the request to the "Honorable Judge of the County Court". Please forward your request to the following address:

Howard C. Forman, Clerk of the Court
P. O. Box 14610
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33302-4610

Once the Judge or Hearing Officer has rendered a decision, the Clerk's Office will advise you of the decision by mail. When submitting your fine payment, please make checks or money orders payable to the Clerk of the County Court. Checks or money orders must be drawn on a United States bank. You may also pay by credit card through the mail.

Please forward all payments to the following address:

Howard C. Forman, Clerk of the Court
P. O. Box 14610
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33302-4610

We also offer the ability to pay your fine, via telephone, by credit card. If you choose to elect this option and your ticket has not yet been entered on our computer, please try this service again at a later date.

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How do I request copies of Traffic or Misdemeanor court documents?

There is no telephone service available to pre-order copies of Traffic or Misdemeanor court documents. These documents must be ordered in person or by submitting a request through the mail.

To request copies of Traffic or Misdemeanor court documents in person, go to any one of the courthouse locations.

To request copies by mail, send written requests to:
Clerk of the Courts
P.O. Box 14610
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33302-4610

The cost of copies is $1.00 per page and, if needed, $2.00 per page for certification

When requesting copies by mail, the Traffic and Misdemeanor Correspondence Division will order the case file and respond back with the number of pages and cost for the request.

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How do I View Purged Traffic or Misdemeanor Case Records?

Prior to the conversion of the Traffic and Misdemeanor Case Management System on September 12, 2011, Traffic and Misdemeanor cases were purged from the computer system based on State of Florida purging guidelines, within 1-4 years after the case was closed and all outstanding court requirements had been met.

Therefore, if you are unable to locate a Misdemeanor or Traffic case via the Internet Online Services you may need to choose one of the following options:

  • Go in person to any one of the four courthouse locations and request a purged record search from the Traffic / Misdemeanor Division.
  • Submit a written request to the Traffic / Misdemeanor Division to obtain a purged record search. Please forward all written requests to the following address:

Clerk of the Courts
P.O. Box 14610
Fort Lauderdale, FL
33302-4610

Information required:

  • defendant's name and date of birth
  • incident date, or the year incident occurred

If available, please provide:

  • case #
  • citation #
  • brief description of case

The more information you provide the easier it will be to locate the case information.

Copies of case information are $1.00 per page and $2.00 to certify each case document.

Every attempt will be made to obtain the original case file so as to provide certified copies, however, in the event that the file is unavailable a certified microfiche printout will be provided.

NOTE:
  • There is no telephone service available to pre-order copies of Traffic or Misdemeanor purged case records.
  • If a case has been ordered sealed or expunged NO information will be provided.

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How do I request a driver’s license history record?

There are 2 types of driver history records available; a 3-year record and a 7-year/full history record. Both types of records typically contain a listing of citations, accidents, convictions and suspensions.

Driver History Records are available any of these service locations. The cost for a 3-year record is $14.25. The cost for a 7-year/full history record is $16.25.

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