CLERK OF COURT & COMPTROLLER

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA

Traffic Department

The Clerk has recently expanded its online services for traffic tickets/citations. You can now look up information about your ticket/citation, find out what options are available for it, pay it, request traffic school, upload your school certificate or proof of compliance, or request a court hearing, 24/7/365. Get started here. 

The Traffic Department maintains all records and collects payments pertaining to traffic tickets/citations issued in Hillsborough County and all parking tickets issued by law enforcement agencies outside the Tampa City limits in Hillsborough County.
 

Civil Traffic Violations

Any non-mandatory appearance civil traffic ticket/citation issued after March 1, 2017 has been automatically granted a 30 calendar day payment extension and you MUST respond within 60 calendar days (local administrative order S-2017-018).

NOTE: Failure to respond within this time period will result in additional fees and the suspension of your driving privileges.

Varying Fine Amounts from Ticket/Citation

The financial amount indicated on the ticket/citation and the amount you are responsible to pay may differ due to late fees or the issuing officer’s error. Notwithstanding the amount indicated on the face of the ticket/citation, the Clerk’s Office is required to collect the statutory amount. You can verify the amount due on your ticket/citation online.

 

Option 1 - Pay Civil Penalty and Elect Traffic School

Step 1 - Confirm Eligibility

You can elect to attend a State of Florida approved traffic school course at the time of payment in order to avoid having points entered on your driving record. You are eligible if:
 
•You have not elected to attend traffic school within the past 12 months.
•You have not elected to attend traffic school five times within your lifetime.
•You do not have a Commercial Drivers License.
•You were not operating a Commercial Motor Vehicle at the time of the offense.
•You may not elect Traffic School for tickets/citations related to license tag, vehicle registration, driver license or failure to carry/show insurance violations.

NOTE: Failure to complete traffic school and submit your school completion certificate within 60 calendar days will result in the suspension of your driving privileges and additional assessments. 
To confirm your eligibility, please visit the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website

Step 2 - Elect School and Pay

Pay Online -- Traffic School Election: The fastest, most convenient way to elect traffic school and pay for your ticket/citation is to use our online service, 24/7/365.

or

Pay by Phone – Traffic School Election: Call our office at 813-276-8100, 24/7/365, and have your ticket/citation, Florida driver's license or identification, and credit card ready.

or

Pay by Mail or In Person -- Traffic School Election:  Mail in your personal/cashier check or money order payment (indicate ticket/citation number on payment), along with a written request to attend traffic school. Visit us online to verify the amount due on your ticket/citation. 

CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT - TRAFFIC
P O BOX 3360
Tampa, FL 33601-3360

In person payments can be made at any of our locations Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Step 3 - Attend Traffic School

Within 60 calendar days of making your traffic school election, you must complete a course offered through one of the traffic schools listed on the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website. The cost to attend traffic school is in addition to the amount due for the violation.

Step 4 - Submit School Certificate

You must provide a copy of the completion certificate to our office after completing traffic school. Our office will update your traffic/citation record to indicate your completion.

Failure to submit your school completion certificate will result in the suspension of your driving privileges, points being assessed to your record, and imposition of additional costs.

You have multiple options to submit:

Submit Certificate Online: You can electronically submit your completion certificate 24/7/365 and receive a acceptance confirmation for your records.

or

Submit Certificate by Mail or in Person:
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT - TRAFFIC
P O BOX 3360
Tampa, FL 33601-3360

or at any of our locations Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

There is no submit by phone option for traffic school certificates.

Option 2 - Pay Civil Penalty with No School Election

First, visit us online to verify the amount due on your citation.

You can pay one of these ways:

Pay Online: The fastest, most convenient way to pay for your ticket/citation is to use our online service, which is available 24/7/365.

or

Pay by Phone: Call our office at 813-276-8100, 24/7/365, and have your ticket/citation, Florida driver's license or identification, and credit card ready.

or

Pay by Mail or In Person: Mail your personal or cashier check or money order (with the ticket/citation number written on it) along with a copy of your ticket/citation to: 

CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT - TRAFFIC
P O BOX 3360
Tampa, FL 33601-3360

In person payments can be made at any of our locations Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

Option 3 - Request a Traffic Ticket/Citation Court Hearing Date

You may request a court hearing date for your traffic ticket/citation. There is no option to choose the date; you will receive a summons for the next available court hearing date. You have multiple ways to request your ticket/citation court hearing date:

NOTE: If you are requesting a court hearing date after the initial 30 calendar days, late and suspended fees must be paid prior to a court hearing date being scheduled. Per Florida Statute 318.15, civil infractions cannot be scheduled for court after 180 calendar days from the date upon which the citation/ticket was issued.

Request a Court Hearing Date Online: The fastest, most convenient way to request a hearing on your ticket/citation is by using our online service, which is available 24/7/365.

or

Request a Court Hearing Date by Phone: Call our office at 813-276-8100, 24/7/365, and have your ticket/citation and Florida driver's license or identification ready. 
or 

Request a Court Hearing Date by Mail or In Person: Mail your request to:  

CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT - TRAFFIC
P O BOX 3360
Tampa, FL 33601-3360

In person requests can be made at any of our locations Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  

Civil Traffic Tickets/Citations Requiring Proof

•Failure to carry/exhibit driver’s license
•Failure to carry/exhibit vehicle registration
•Failure to carry/exhibit insurance

Option 1 – Dismissal (Proof was Valid at Time of Offense)

Tickets/citations requiring proof may be dismissed by paying a $10 dismissal fee along with providing proof to the Clerk that it was valid at the time when you received the ticket/citation. 

Submit Proof Online: You can electronically submit your proof that was valid at the time of the offense online 24/7/365, and receive a confirmation for your records. Once Clerk staff verifies the proof documentation you submitted, you will receive an email with instructions on how you can pay your $10 dismissal fee. A valid email address is required for using the online proof submission option.

Pay and Submit Proof by Mail or In Person: Mail your personal/cashier check or money order with the ticket/citation number written on it, along with a copy of your ticket/citation. A copy of proof documentation that was valid at the time of offense must be submitted with payment in order to have the costs reduced to the $10 dismissal fee.

CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT - TRAFFIC
P O BOX 3360
Tampa, FL 33601-3360

In person payments and proof documentation can be submitted at any of our locations Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

There is no phone option for proof tickets/citations unless proof has already been received by the Clerk prior to your phone call.

Option 2 - Pay Civil Penalty (Proof Valid after Offense)

Tickets/citations requiring proof may be paid with valid proof documentation after the time of offense for full amount of the civil penalty. Visit us online to verify the amount due on your ticket/citation. If you are unable to provide proof documentation because the vehicle has been sold, stolen, destroyed, or it is not your vehicle, you must complete a Waiver of Security/Proof* to accompany the payment (the Waiver of Security/Proof can only be submitted in person).

Submit Proof and Pay Online: You can electronically submit your proof that was valid after the offense online 24/7/365, and receive a confirmation for your records. Once Clerk staff have verified your submission, you will receive an email with instructions on how you can pay the fee. A valid email address is required for the online proof submission option. You cannot submit the Waiver of Security/Proof online, only in person.

Pay by Mail: Mail your personal or cashier check or money order with the ticket/citation number written on it, along with a copy of your ticket/citation and valid proof. You cannot submit the Waiver of Security/Proof by mail, only in person.

CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT - TRAFFIC
P.O. BOX 3360
Tampa, FL 33601-3360

Pay in Person: In order to accept payment, a copy of valid proof or a Waiver of Security/Proof (Waiver can only be submitted in person, not by mail) must be submitted with the payment. Payments can be made at any of our locations Monday – Friday, 8:00a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

There is no phone option for proof tickets/citations unless proof has already been received by the Clerk prior to your phone call.

*The Online, Mail and Email options are not available for submitting the Waiver of Security/Proof. This can only be submitted in person.

Option 3 - Request a Court Hearing Date

If you would like to request a court hearing on your ticket/citation or you are unable to provide proof or a Waiver of Security/Proof, the ticket/citation will need to be heard in court.

Request a Court Date Online: The fastest most convenient way to set your citation for court is to request your court date online 24/7/365.

or 

Request a Court Date by Phone: Call our office at 813-276-8100, 24/7/365, and have your ticket/citation and Florida driver's license or identification ready.

or

Request a Court Date by Mail or In Person: Mail your request to: 
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT - TRAFFIC
P O BOX 3360
Tampa, FL 33601-3360

In person requests can be made at any of our locations Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Criminal Traffic Violations

Criminal Traffic Violations include, but are not limited to, Driving Under the Influence, Driving with a Suspended Driver's License, and Driving without a Valid Driver's License.

If you are charged with a criminal traffic violation, you will be notified via U.S. mail of your arraignment hearing date. If you bonded out of jail, your bondsman will be notified as well. All notices will be sent to the address listed on the ticket/citation. There is no option to choose your court hearing date; you will be summoned to the next available court hearing date.

It is the defendant's (the accused) responsibility to keep the Clerk's Office informed of his/her correct mailing address. If your mailing address changes, please complete the Change of Contact Information form and mail, email or submit it to the Clerk's Office in person.

Submit by Mail: Mail the form to:

CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT - TRAFFIC
PO Box 3360
Tampa FL 33601-3360

Submit via Email: Email the form to traffic@hillsclerk.com

Submit in Person: Submit the form to any of our locations Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

NOTE: Failure to appear at your appointed court session could result in a warrant for your arrest.  If previously arrested for the citation, you may also forfeit any bond you have posted, thus losing money or collateral.

No Contest Plea

Florida Statute 318.14 allows for this option which may only be used once in a 12 month period and no more than 3 times in your lifetime. Any person who holds a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) is not eligible for this election.

Citations/tickets received for the following offenses may be eligible to elect to enter a plea of no contest:
•Expired driver's license
•Expired license tag
•Driving with a suspended driver's license
•No insurance

By electing this option, adjudication is withheld and points will not be assessed.

The no contest plea and proof of compliance must be submitted at time of payment.

You can enter a plea of no contest:

In Person at these Clerk locations, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m..

There are no online, mail or phone options for entering a plea of no contest.

Mandatory Traffic Violations

Includes, but not limited to: Speeding over 30 mph, certain Commercial Motor Vehicle offenses, and civil tickets/citations issued as a result of serious bodily injury or fatality.

If you are charged with a mandatory court appearance traffic violation, you will be notified via U.S. mail of your arraignment hearing date.

All notices will be sent to the address listed on the ticket/citation. It is the defendant's (accused) responsibility to keep the Clerk's Office informed of his/her correct mailing address.

If your mailing address changes, please complete the Change of Contact Information form and mail to the Clerk's Office.

NOTE: Failure to appear at your appointed court session could result in additional fees and the suspension of your driver's license.

Parking Tickets/Citations

If your parking ticket/citation was issued by the City of Tampa, you will need to contact their parking division regarding your options. If your parking ticket/citation was issued by any other agency in Hillsborough County, your options are below.

NOTE: Failure to comply within 10 days of issuance of the parking citation will result in additional fees.

Option 1 - Pay Penalty

You can pay us one of these ways:

Pay by Phone: Call our office at 813-276-8100, 24/7/365, and have your parking ticket/citation and credit card ready.

or

Pay by Mail or In Person: Submit your personal or cashier check or money order with the parking ticket/citation number written on it, along with a copy of your parking ticket/citation to:
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT - TRAFFIC
P.O. BOX 3360
Tampa, FL 33601-3360

In person payments can be made at any of our locations Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Option 2 -- Request a Court Date for your Parking Ticket/Citation

You may request a court hearing date for your parking ticket/citation. There is no option to choose the court hearing date; you will receive a summons for the next available court hearing date. You have multiple ways to request your parking ticket/citation court hearing date:

Request a Court Hearing Date by Phone: Call our office at 813-276-8100, 24/7/365, and have your parking ticket/citation ready.

or

Request a Court Hearing Date by Mail or In Person: Mail your request to:

CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT - TRAFFIC
P.O. BOX 3360
Tampa, FL 336001-3360
In person requests can be made at any of our locations Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Driving History

You may view information for obtaining your driver history/transcript at the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website. You may also visit any Clerk's Traffic Office location to purchase your driving history/transcript.

Traffic School

Florida Statute 318.14 allows for the option to select traffic school which may be used once in a 12 month period and no more than 5 times in a lifetime. Any person who holds a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) is not eligible to elect the traffic school option.            

For those that qualify and complete traffic school, adjudication is withheld on your record and points will not be assessed.

Upon payment, you have 60 calendar days to select a traffic school of your choice, complete traffic school, and submit the completion certificate to the Clerk's Office.

NOTE: Failure to complete traffic school and submit your completion certificate within 60 calendar days will result in the suspension of your driving privilege and additional assessments.

Red Light Camera Violations

When a vehicle runs a red traffic light, cameras record the vehicle and its license plate, then Law enforcement officials review the evidence and decide whether a citation is warranted. If they decide the vehicle ran the red light, Notices of Warning or Violation are mailed to the vehicle's registered owner. The Clerk does not receive these violations until they have been converted into a traffic citation/ticket after 60 days. Learn more about how to pay for those violations before they become traffic citations/tickets on your driving record.


Traffic Frequently Asked Questions

How can I pay my penalty?

Payment Options:
Online 24/7/365
•In person at these Amscot locations
•By phone 24/7/365: Call 813-276-8100, and have your ticket/citation, Florida driver's license or identification, and credit card ready
•By mail: CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT - TRAFFIC, PO Box 3360, Tampa FL 33601-3360 - include a copy of the ticket/citation with your payment
•In person at these Clerk locations

How can I request a court hearing date?

Request a court hearing date via:
Online 24/7/365
By Phone 24/7/365: Call our office at 813-276-8100, and have your ticket/citation and Florida driver's license or identification ready.
In Person at these locations Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
By Mail:

CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT - TRAFFIC
PO Box 3360
Tampa FL 33601-3360

NOTE: If you are requesting a court hearing date after the initial 30 calendar days, late and suspended fees must be paid prior to a court hearing date being scheduled. Per Florida Statute 318.15, civil infractions cannot be scheduled for a court hearing after 180 calendar days from the date upon which the citation/ticket was issued.

How do I elect traffic school?

Florida Statute 318.14 allows for this option which may be used once in a 12 month period and no more than 5 times in a lifetime. Any person who holds a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) or was driving a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) is not eligible to elect the driving school option.

By electing this option (for those who qualify and complete traffic school), adjudication is withheld on your driving record and points will not be assessed. Find out more details about electing traffic school at this FAQ.

NOTE: Failure to complete traffic school and submit your school completion certificate within 60 calendar days will result in the suspension of your driving privileges and additional assessments.

How do I obtain a copy of my driving record?

The Clerk's Office can assist you if your driver's license is suspended for failure to pay a traffic ticket/citation or to attend a traffic school for a Hillsborough County issued ticket/citation. We will inform you of any requirements, including any additional costs that may be applicable. However, if it is suspended for any other reasons, you will need to contact your local Driver's License Office.

To obtain a copy of your Florida driving record, you may purchase a copy from any Clerk's Traffic Office location.
 •3 year Florida driving history record - $14.25 plus $1.00 for each additional page
•Full Florida driving history record - $16.25 plus $1.00 for each additional page
•No Florida driving history record found - $8.25

If you have questions regarding points on your driver's license, please contact your local driver's license office.

Can I request a payment extension?

Civil traffic citations issued after March 1, 2017 which do not require a mandatory court appearance must be paid within 60 calendar days from issuance. These citations have already been granted an automatic single 30 day payment extension. Any additional extension of the payment deadline must request a court hearing.  

NOTE: The citation must be paid by the extended due date to avoid additional fees and the suspension of your driving privileges.

Can I enter a no contest plea?

Florida Statute 318.14 allows for this option which may only be used once in a 12 month period and no more than 3 times in your lifetime. Any person who holds a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) is not eligible for this election.

Citations/tickets received for the following offenses may be eligible to elect to enter a plea of no contest:
•Expired driver's license
•Expired license tag
•No insurance
•Driving with a suspended driver's license without knowledge

By electing this option, adjudication is withheld and points will not be assessed.

The no contest plea and proof of compliance must be submitted at time of payment.

You can enter a plea of no contest: 

In Person at these Clerk locations.

There are no online, mail or phone options for entering a plea of no contest.

How do I resolve a proof of compliance ticket/citation?

Submit Proof with Dismissal: Florida Statute 318.18 allows for proof to be submitted with a $10 dismissal fee for the following offenses:
•Failure to carry/exhibit driver's license
•Failure to carry/exhibit vehicle registration
•Failure to carry/exhibit vehicle insurance

Proof of compliance must be submitted at time of payment one of these ways:

Submit Proof Online:  You can electronically submit your proof that was valid at the time of the offense online 27/7/365 and receive a confirmation for your records. Once Clerk staff verifies the proof documentation you submitted, you will receive an email with instructions on how you can pay your $10 dismissal fee. A valid email address is required for using the online proof submission option.

or

Pay and Submit Proof By Mail: Mail in your personal/cashier check or money order with the ticket/citation number written on it, along with a copy of your ticket/citation. A copy of proof documentation that was valid at the time of the offense must be submitted with payment in order to have the costs reduced to the $10 dismissal fee.
CLERK OF THE COURT - TRAFFIC
PO Box 3360
Tampa, FL 33601-3360

or

Pay and Submit Proof in Person at these locations Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

There is no phone option for proof tickets/citations.

NOTE: If proof is not valid at the time the ticket/citation was issued, you will be fined the original civil penalty.

What are my options for a criminal ticket/citation?

If you are charged with a criminal traffic violation, you will be notified via U.S. mail of your arraignment court date. If you bonded out of jail, your bondsman will be notified of the date, as well.

All notices will be sent to the address listed on the ticket/citation. It is the defendant's (accused's) responsibility to keep the Clerk's Office informed of his/her correct mailing address.  If your mailing address changes please complete the Change of Contact Information Form and submit it to the Clerk's Office via email, or in person or via mail at these locations.

NOTE: Failure to appear at your appointed court hearing could result in a warrant for your arrest. If you were previously arrested for the ticket/citation, you may also forfeit any bond (money or collateral) you have posted.

What are my options for a mandatory ticket/citation?

If you are charged with a mandatory traffic violation, you will be notified via U.S. mail of your arraignment date.

All notices will be sent to the address listed on the ticket/citation. It is the defendant's (the accused's) responsibility to keep the Clerk's Office informed of his/her correct mailing address.

If your mailing address changes, please complete the Change of Contact Information Form and submit it via email, mail or in person.

By Mail:

CLERK OF THE COURT - TRAFFIC
PO Box 3360
Tampa FL 33601-3360

or

In Person at any of these locations Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

NOTE: Failure to appear at your appointed court session could result in additional fees and the suspension of your driver's license.

How are cash bond refunds processed?

Effective July 31, 2017, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office will continue to collect the cash bonds posted on behalf of the defendant (the accused), but will transmit the monies to the Clerk of the Circuit Court (Clerk). The Clerk will be responsible for processing the distribution of the cash bonds post disposition. More information is available in the Cash Bond Depositor Instructions.

How do I pay a City of Tampa parking ticket/citation?

You can pay online or contact the City of Tampa Parking Department at (813) 274-8177.