Payment Options After Conviction


Payment of Fines and Costs after conviction may be made by Internet, Mail, Phone , or In-Person for all Traffic or Criminal cases.  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.

All payments must be made within 30 calendar days from your conviction or you must enter into a payment plan within this time to avoid suspension of your driver’s license.

If your case is not paid within 40 days, your balance due will be sent to collections and you will be assessed a mandated 17% fee to cover the costs of collection activity.  Interest will begin to accrue on the new total amount due on the 41st day of delinquency.

Please contact the courts immediately if your license has been suspended for non-payment of fines and costs to find out your options.

Internet Payments

To make a payment by internet, go to: http://www.courts.state.va.us

Only VISA and MasterCard are accepted. A 4% convenience fee per transaction will be added to the amount due on all credit or debit card payments.

Payments are accepted 24 hours a day.

  1. On the right hand side of the page, select “Pay Traffic Tickets and Other Offenses”.

  2. Read the Instructions on How to Pay Traffic Tickets and Other Offenses.

  3. Select the link to “General District Court Case Information System”

  4. Type the characters shown in the image for verification, read the instructions, and click on Accept

  5. On the left, for Court, select “Fairfax County General District” from the drop down menu

  6. Under Traffic/Criminal, select “Name Search” or “Case Number Search”.  The online payment system only recognizes the case number assigned by the court, not your summons number as issued on your ticket.  If you don’t know your case number, choose “Name Search”.

  7. For Name Search, enter your last name, comma, and first name.  Do not use the middle name on your first attempt, example:  Smith, John. You may also wish to try typing in the name exactly as it appears on your court summons or warrant.

  8. When you find your name, the Action column should read “Mark for Payment”.
    -If “Mark for Payment” is not an option, please contact the appropriate court division:
    Criminal                  703-246-3305
    Traffic                       703-246-3764

  9. Click on “Mark for Payment” for all cases that you wish to pay then select the button for “Process Payment” at the bottom of the screen.

  10. On the next screen, verify the correct case(s) have been selected and then select “Continue Payment Process” and proceed through the following screens to complete the process.

  11. Remember to print a copy of the Payment Confirmation screen as your receipt when your transaction is complete.  If you provided an email address, a receipt will be emailed to you as confirmation of payment.

 Mail Payments

To pay by mail, please mail your check, money order, or 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.

Payment must be received no later than 30 calendar days after your court date or your driver’s license will be suspended.  Payment is effective only upon receipt by the court, not from the date postmarked

Mailing address:       

Fairfax County General District Court

Attention:  Traffic (or Criminal)

PO Box 10157

Fairfax, VA  22038

Phone Payments

If you wish to pay by phone with your credit or debit card, you may call (703) 246-3764 between 6:00 AM - 6:30 PM, Monday-Friday and most Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Follow the prompts to key in your summons or case number and credit or debit card information.

A 4% convenience fee will be added to the amount due on all credit or debit card payments.

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

Traffic:                       Room 106

Hours:               8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Driving Points Assessed by the Department of Motor Vehicles

Unlike the State of Maryland, General District Court judges in the Commonwealth of Virginia do not have the authority to adjust or reduce points. After conviction, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) determines the amount of demerit points to be assessed according to the severity of the offense. For further information about points, please call 1-888-337-4782 or visit the DMV Web site.


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