1. I recently received a traffic citation. What should I do next?
Within 10 days, you must respond in writing to the appropriate Magisterial District Judge. (See Box #1 on the front of the citation for the district court number and box #2 for the district court address). To respond, you must plead NOT GUILTY or GUILTY.
If you plead GUILTY, you must sign the bottom potion of the citation indicating a guilty plea and pay the total amount due as indicated. If you cannot afford to pay the entire amount due, you must go in person to the appropriate District Court and request a payment plan. If the total amount due is not indicated, then you must appear before the appropriate Magisterial District Judge to obtain your sentence.
If you plead NOT GUILTY, you must sign the bottom portion of the citation indicating a not guilty plea and pay the required collateral. Generally, the Collateral equals the total amount due PLUS $8.00 (court costs). If you cannot afford the total collateral required, you must contact the appropriate District Court. If the total amount due is not indicated, then $50 collateral should be forwarded to the appropriate district court.
After receiving your not guilty plea, and collateral, the District Court will schedule a hearing and notify you by mail.
If you are found NOT GUILTY, the collateral you posted will be refunded to you. If you are found GUILTY, the collateral will be applied to total amount due.
You must immediately respond to the District Court and follow the steps in question #1. If you fail to respond within 15 days, the District Court will notify PennDOT to suspend your license. In addition, a Warrant will be issued for your arrest.
You must immediately respond to the District Court and follow the steps in question #1. If you fail to respond, a constable may place you under arrest and you will be brought before the appropriate Magisterial District Judge.
Please refer to the PennDOT publication regarding points found at the bottom of this page.
PennDOT determines whether or not to suspend a driver's license. We suggest you contact PennDOT at 1800-932-4600 to inquire about possible suspension.
Refer to the Appeal section of this website in the main menu.