How to Prepay a Fine


Prepaying a Criminal Violation

Some criminal cases may be prepaid before your court date. When you prepay your summons, you are waiving your right to trial and admitting your guilt.

If you do not prepay your case prior to your court date and you do not appear at your assigned court hearing, you may be tried in your absence and additional fees will be assessed. Please ensure you prepay no later than the last business day before court.

Criminal cases that can be prepaid may require documentation such as proof of rabies vaccination or fishing license.  You should contact the Criminal Clerk's Office at 703-246-3305 for complete instructions.

Click this link for a complete list of offenses which are prepayable:

Prepayments may be made by Mail, Phone, or In-Person. Instructions for each method of payment are provided below. The court accepts cash, checks, money orders or the following credit cards:  Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card.   A 4% convenience fee is charged per credit or debit card transaction.

Prepayments for cases to be heard in the Town of Vienna and the Town of Herndon are accepted by the same methods at the Fairfax County General District Court.  There is no staff at either town except on the mornings of court.

Mail Payments

If you do not know your total due, please find your offense on the link below:

Please mail your check or money order (made payable to Fairfax County District Court), or the credit card payment form to the mailing address listed below.  When mailing a payment, please include a copy of your summons or bill and be sure your full name and case number are written on your check or money order or that your credit card payment form is filled out completely. Prepayments must be received no later than the last business day before court and are effective only upon receipt by the court, not from the date postmarked

Mailing address:       

Fairfax County General District Court

Attention:  Criminal Division

PO Box 10157

Fairfax, VA  22038

Phone Payments

To pay by phone, you may call the Criminal Division at 703-246-3305 and pay by credit card using VISA, MASTERCARD, AMERICAN EXPRESS, or DISCOVER. 

Please note: If you wish to pay by phone, please wait until at least two weeks after you received your summons to allow time for the police to forward the information to the court and for court staff to enter the data from your summons. Your summons information is not immediately available to the court.

In-Person Payments

To pay in person, you will need to come to the Clerk’s Office at the Fairfax County Courthouse, 4110 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA  22030. This applies to Vienna and Herndon Town cases, as well.  Staff is not available in the towns except on the morning of court.

Criminal:      Room 204

Hours:       8 a.m. - 4 p.m.


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