How to Prepay a Fine


Prepaying a Traffic Violation

Many, but not all, less serious traffic cases may be prepaid before your court date. More serious charges and misdemeanors may not be prepaid. 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 absence and additional fees will be assessed. Please ensure you prepay no later than the last business day before court.

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

Prepayments may be made by Internet, 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.

Please note: If you wish to pay by internet or 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.

Internet Payments

Many, but not all, traffic cases may be prepaid before court online. Tickets written for a local county or town ordinances are not prepayable online but may be prepaid in person or by mail (see no. 8 below). ONLY VISA AND MASTERCARD ARE ACCEPTED.  A 4% convenience fee will be assessed per credit or debit card transaction. Prepayment must be made no later than 3:30 pm on the last business day before court.

To make a payment by internet, go to:

http://www.courts.state.va.us

  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 Court.  Some violations of local ordinances cannot be prepaid online.

  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

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

To pay by mail, 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:  Traffic Division

PO Box 10157

Fairfax, VA  22038

Phone Payments

To pay by phone, you may call the Traffic Division (703-246-3764) and pay by credit card using VISA, MASTERCARD, AMERICAN EXPRESS, or DISCOVER.  Traffic tickets may be paid by credit card using the Court’s Interactive Voice Response (IVR) phone system between 6:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  To use the IVR, you must know your case or summons number.  If you do not know your case or summons number, you can go to the General District Courts Case Information system online to get your case number under Case Status and Information at:

http://www.courts.state.va.us.

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 Payment

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.

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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