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Paying a Traffic Fine

I Received A Ticket | Ticket Violations | Fine Exceptions
Plead Guilty By Mail | Plead Guilty In Person | Contest A Ticket
Violations/Court Appearance | Inquiries | Other Information
To Pay Ticket On-line or Through Automated Phone System

I Received a Ticket

Though not a pleasant experience, the issuance of tickets is a necessary step in enforcement efforts to reduce traffic accidents, deaths and injuries. Most drivers recognize they are driving illegally when stopped. However, no one enjoys receiving a ticket, and when it happens the recipient may be inclined to harbor resentment toward the officer who issued the ticket. It is important to remember that the officer is just doing his job, and may be saving a life.

When you disobey traffic laws you endanger yourself as well as other motorists, passengers and pedestrians. It is the duty of our peace officers to observe traffic infractions and issue tickets to those driving illegally, no matter how unpopular this action may be. We hope this ticket encourages you to drive responsibly.

Ticket Violations

If you received a ticket for one of the following violations, your total fine  cost and charges are $138.00 for each violation.

  • Careless driving
  • Improper backing
  • Disobeying Police Officer
  • Improper lane usage
  • Failure to maintain control
  • Improper passing on the left
  • Failure to signal
  • Improper passing on the right
  • Failure to yield
  • Improper turns
  • Following emergency vehicles
  • Motorcyclist and unsafe operation
  • Following too close
  • Speeding 1-30 mph over limit
  • Headlights required/failure to dim
  • Violating traffic signals or signals

If you received a ticket for one of the following violations, your total fine, costs, and charges are  $118.00 for each violation.

  • Expired inspection sticker
  • Expired license plate
  • Improper equipment
  • Permitting unlicensed person to drive
  • Registration violation
  • Unnecessary noise/loud music

If you received a ticket for one of the following violations and if you provide current proof or proof of correcting the violation(s), your total fine, costs, and charges are $118.00 for each violation. If you do not correct the violation(s), you must come to court on your court appearance date.

  • Expired driver’s license
  • Expired Insurance*
  • No driver’s license on person
  • No insurance*
  • Failure to change address on driver’s license
  • No proof of insurance*

In addition to complying with the requirements indicated above relative to insurance violations, if you received a Compulsory Violation Notice, you must also contact the Louisiana Department of Public Safety at (225) 922-2807. 

Fine Exceptions

If you are charged with any of the violations listed below, your fine and court costs are as indicated.

10:501 No registration on bicycle $10.
11:246 Riding motorcycles and three-wheelers on vacant lots or tracts of land prohibited in designated locations $179.
11:287/32:295 Child passenger restraint system $25.
11:287.1 Safety belt violation $25.
11:289 Parking, storing, driving motor vehicles/watercraft on neutral ground $60.

To avoid waiting in line, pay by mail when possible. $50.00 Fee For NSF Checks. 5% Fee Added to Credit Card Payments made online.

To Plead Guilty/Pay By Mail

No Cash or Temporary Checks Accepted. Include ticket number, driver's license number or your ticket with payment. On or before your Court Appearance Date, make a check or money order PAYABLE to the City of Baton Rouge or to pay by mail with credit card, provide the following information.

____DISCOVER    _____VISA  ____MASTERCARD ____American Express

ACCT. NO.____  ____   ____  ____  ____  ____  ____  ____  ____  ____   ____  ____  ____  ____  ____  ____  ____

EXP. DATE  ____  ____  ____  ____   ____  ____ 

Signature: ________________________________________

Mail Payment To:

Baton Rouge City Court
P. O. Box 3438
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-3438

A payment postmarked after your Court Appearance Date must include an additional $50. Penalty Fee.

Credit card payments by telephone. Call (225) 389-5289. Have ticket number and card number available. Payments by phone can be made until 4:00 p.m.

To Plead Guilty/Pay In Person

Come to:

Baton Rouge City Court, Room 145
233 ST. Louis Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Discover, Visa, MasterCard and American Express accepted!

NOTE: If requesting an extension to pay your fine, you must appear on or before your due date at 8:30 a.m.

To Contest Your Ticket

If payment is not made prior to the Court Appearance Date, a not guilty plea is assumed, and you must appear at Baton Rouge City Court, Room 145 at 8:30 a.m. on your court appearance date. Except for violations listed in Section A and B below, and a Moving Violation involving an accident, the officer will be present in court and you will have your trial at that time. If you wish to have witness(es) subpoenaed to be present at trial, you must furnish names and addresses in writing to Baton Rouge City Court, P. O. Box 3438, Baton Rouge, LA 70821-3438 at least 15 days prior to your trial date.

Violations Requiring a Court Appearance

If you are charged with any of the violations listed in Sections A or B below, you must appear in court on your court appearance date at 8:30 a.m., Room 128 for the purpose of entering a plea.

If you plead not guilty to a violation listed in Section A, the Court will set a date for you to return for trial.

Section A

Baton Rouge City Code Title 6
Disposal of Garbage, Other Waste Matter
11:30 Failure to report an accident
11:33 False reports
11:34 Hit and run driving
11:140 Driving while intoxicated and associated charges
11:282A Violation of the provisions of Title 32 of the La. Revised Statutes shall be deemed in violation of the Traffic Regulations of the Baton Rouge City Code
32:414 Suspension, revocation and cancellation of licenses
32:415 Operating vehicle while license is suspended/revoked
32:1023 Other violations (insurance suspended)
47:536 Switched license plate

If you plead not guilty to a violation listed in Section B, you will have your trial at that time.

Section B

11:131A Speeding 31 m.p.h. or more over limit
11:131B Prima Facie speed limit
11:131C Speeding in school zones 31 mph or more
11:132 Prima Facie limit
11:142 Reckless driving
11:145 Fleeing to elude police officer
11:205/32:386 Loads on vehicle; care required
11:251.1 False certificates/switched inspection sticker
32:414.1 Unlawful use of license

Inquires

Have ticket number and driver's license number available.<

Information
If the violation you were issued is not listed in one of the above sections, call (225) 389-5294

First Offenders
To find out if you are eligible to keep this violation off your driving record, call (225) 389-3020

To check on your mailed payment (225) 389-5289 (have check number and mailed date available)

Bench Warrant Information (225) 389-5278

Juvenile violator (16 years or younger) (225) 354-1217

TDD (225) 389-7623

Other Information

All persons and property entering the City Court building are subject to inspection by security personnel, including metal detector, X-ray of personal items, visual and physical inspections. Weapons and cell phones are prohibited.

Auxiliary aides/services are available upon request.

Proper attire is required. No tank tops, muscle shirts, cutoffs, or shorts.

Failure to appear or to pay timely will result in the issuance of a warrant for your arrest, withdrawal of your driving privileges and the assessment of additional penalty fees.

To Pay Ticket On-line or Through Automated Phone System

Your parking or traffic ticket can be paid online through our Online Ticket Payment Center. Your ticket can also be paid through our automated phone payment system, from a touchtone phone, by dialing (225) 344-4636, and entering extension 5050. Only Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted through these two systems. A 5% convenience fee is added to all credit card payments made online.