Most Common Citations
Three of the most common citations occur when you fail to display a valid driver's license, inspection, or registration document. Another common citation is issued when the driver cannot present proof of valid liability insurance or other means of financial responsibility for the vehicle they are operating.
If you renew your driver's license within 20 days of the date of a citation for an expired driver's license, that citation may be dismissed. If the driver's license was not renewed within 20 days of the date of your citation, you may still be able to have it dismissed with the $20.00 fee but only if you appear in Court at a "show cause" hearing to present proof to the Judge of the reasons for the delayed renewal. The Judge will have discretion as to whether you qualify for dismissal of the citation based on renewal of your driver's license. If you were not able to find or did not have your current driver's license with you at the time of the citation, bring in your current driver's license. The Court clerk will verify that the license was valid and present it to the State Prosecutor.
If you received a citation for an expired inspection and the period of expiration was sixty (60) days or less, you will be able to have the citation dismissed upon payment of the $20.00 administrative dismissal fee. You must present the clerk with proof that the vehicle PASSED an inspection within 20 days of the date of your citation. If the vehicle cannot pass an inspection due to mechanical problems or you have sold the car, etc., the citation may be dismissed or the fine reduced only if you appear before the Judge. Please bring the necessary documents with you to the hearing to show the Judge the reason why the vehicle inspection was not/has not been timely completed. The Judge will have discretion as to when citations can be dismissed or fines reduced for any citations issued for an expired inspection.
Citations for expired registration may also be dismissed if you submit proof of renewed registration to the Court clerks. The registration receipt proof must include the 10% penalty fee assessed by the Department of Motor Vehicles. If the 10% penalty fee was not collected by the State, the Court cannot dismiss the ticket. If the registration receipt does not include the 10% penalty fee, you may ask the Judge to hear your evidence as to why the ticket should be dismissed or the fine reduced. The Judge will have discretion on the dismissal of or reduction of a fine for all expired registration citations. The administrative fee of $20.00 must be paid at the time of the dismissal.