When you pay a traffic ticket in Dallas (or anywhere else), you are admitting guilt for the cited offense, and are waiving your right to a trial or hearing before a judge. Unless you plan to contest the charge, paying a traffic ticket before the due date helps you avoid further fees and penalties. You may still need to take a Texas Defensive Driving course after paying your ticket. Accumulated unpaid tickets and fees can result in the suspension of your driver’s license, so prompt payment of tickets is wise.
Ways to Pay Your Traffic Ticket in Dallas
Paying your Dallas traffic ticket online is the easiest method for most people. Go to the City of Dallas website for parking tickets or the Dallas Municipal Online Payment site for traffic tickets and enter your ticket number or license plate number. You will be taken to a secure site for making your payment, and you can use a Visa, Master Card, or American Express credit card.
Tickets take a few days to be posted to the online site after they are issued, so if your ticket does not show up when you search for it, wait a day or two and try again.
After you pay your ticket, you can verify the payment by going to the citation search page or calling 214-670-0109. Payments do not process immediately, and cannot be paid between 1:45 AM and 2:00 AM while daily maintenance tasks are performed at the payment center.
Paying by Mail
You can pay your Dallas traffic tickets by mail using a personal check or money order. Write the citation number on the check and mail it to the address listed on the ticket.
Go to the Oak Cliff Municipal Center at 320 East Jefferson Blvd, Room 100 in Dallas to pay your traffic tickets in-person. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, excepting holidays. You can pay with cash, personal check, major credit card, or a money order.
Paying by Phone
You can also pay a Dallas traffic ticket over the phone with a credit card, by calling 1-866-247-1951 and following the recorded instructions. If you need an extension in time to pay your ticket, contact the Dallas City Hall Customer Service Center at the same number. Drivers can apply for a ten day extension, as long as they make the request before the due date on the ticket.
Contesting a Dallas Parking Ticket
If you want to contest a Dallas traffic ticket, check on the ticket for the administrative hearing date, and be sure to contest the charge before the end of the business day on that date.
You can contest the charge in-person by attending a hearing before an administrative judge on any weekday between 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM at the Oak Cliff Municipal Center in Dallas. You can usually complete the process in less than an hour.
You can also request a hearing by mail by sending a letter to the City of Dallas, PO Box 650302, Dallas, TX 75265-0302. In the letter, state why you feel the ticket is unwarranted and include your full name, mailing address, and daytime phone number. Include copies of any evidence supporting your claim. The letter must arrive on or before the hearing date stated on the ticket.