Civil Traffic

A Non-Criminal Traffic Infraction is a violation not punishable by jail and which usually can be disposed of by payment of a civil penalty or election to attend a defensive driving course. A court appearance is not required, except in cases where the violation involves an accident with serious bodily injury or a fatality, or a violation for leaving a child in a vehicle unattended.

Payment should be made within 30 days of the date the ticket was issued (please allow 5 days for the officer to turn the ticket over to the Clerk’s Office). Payment can be made by mail, using the envelope provided by the officer, or in person by coming to room 110 on the 1st floor of the Clerk of Court’s Office, or at the Clerk’s Office in the county in which the infraction occurred.

All traffic violations, issued within Bay County, are processed in the Clerk of Circuit Court’s Office. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If you received a payable infraction citation, you must either pay the citation in full within thirty (30) days from the date you received the citation or choose one of the following three (3) options to resolve the ticket.

  • Pay the Citation
  • Plead not Guilty
  • Elect to Attend Driver Improvement School

To prevent the suspension of your driver’s license, compliance with one of these options must be made within thirty (30) calendar days from the date the ticket was issued.

There is no Grace Period!