Delaware Traffic Tickets

Those having received a Delaware traffic ticket have options in handling and paying them.

Yet – your options generally come down to:

  • Pay them
  • Contest them

Whichever your choice, you’ll need to either pay or successfully appeal these tickets else you may face fines and further penalties. So, don’t hold off or ignore the notices coming to you in the mail!

You can typically pay your DE traffic tickets online, in person, by phone, or by mail.

Delaware uses a point system in the state. Accumulating too many points may lead to a license suspension and other repercussions.

You’re welcome to check your driving records for information about the status of your license and registration. Otherwise, we recommend contacting your local DMV or talk with a traffic law professional in moving forward.

Delaware Traffic Fines & Penalties

The fines and penalties you get depend on your actions and vary by the court’s decision. Your actions may cause higher fines and penalties depending on how many traffic points you have, too. You may also need to pay late fees if it’s not dealt with quickly.

Examples of incidents causing traffic and safety violations include:

  • Reckless driving or racing
  • Driving under the influence
  • Failing to carry auto insurance
  • Causing property damages

You may also get moving or non-moving violations like:

  • Running a stop sign
  • Distracted driving
  • Faulty vehicle and operations
  • Failing to follow traffic laws

If you keep showing repeat tickets and offenses than this may lead to a license suspension or revocation! So, be careful when you’re behind the wheel!

How to Pay Your Delaware Traffic Ticket

Your traffic ticket will include a ticket or notice number which you’ll reference when paying it.

You have options when receiving a traffic ticket in Delaware:

  • Pay the fine
  • Request a hearing

You still need to pay the fines by their due dates regardless if you’re contesting it.

Below, you’ll learn how to pay the ticket using the various systems:

Online

The online option is available if you have a Traffic Tribunal ticket.

  1. Verify your traffic ticket
  2. Visit the ePayment system
  3. Follow the on-screen prompts
  4. Pay your fines and fees

In Person

  1. Locate your nearest OSCCE payment kiosk
  2. Arrive with your ticket and/or ticket number
  3. Follow the on-screen prompts
  4. Pay the appropriate fees

By Phone

You can call (302) 739-6911 to pay by phone using a credit card. You’ll provide the ticket number during this call. You may also fax the information with credit card details to (302) 739-7590.

Have your ticket information and number ready for when you call.

By Mail

  1. Get a check, money order, or credit card info
    1. Made to: State of Delaware
  2. Include a copy of the ticket
  3. Include a self-addressed and stamped envelope (if you want a receipt)
  4. Send your information

You will mail these documents to: State of Delaware, Voluntary Assessment Center, P.O. Box 7039, Dover, DE, 19903.

Hearings and When to Hire an Attorney

Failing to respond to your ticket can lead to a license suspension. If you’re having trouble paying, call (302) 739-6991. Else, you may request to contest your tickets by a court hearing.

The process varies by your infractions, but you’ll typically have options in either reducing or dismissing the ticket. You may also appeal and contest the tickets out-right to which you’ll request the hearing, go through the discovery, show up in court, and react based on what happens during the hearing.

Some drivers may be eligible to take a defensive driving course or get their ticket dismissed depending on their ticketing circumstances and how they act in court. A good driving record will help with your appeal and in reducing your ticket fines and fees.