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The Traffic Violations Bureau

Main Office
15 W Kellogg Blvd, Room 130
St Paul MN 55102
651-266-9202
Law Enforcement Center Office
425 Grove St
Note: Hearing Offices are
not available at this site
Map/Directions

Suburban Office
2050 White Bear Ave
651-266-1999
Map/Directions
    

Quick Links and FAQ's

 

Quick Links
Fine payment logoPay Fines Online 

Ramsey County Government website
MN Driver and Vehicle Services
City of St. Paul Snow Plow Information
City of St. Paul Ordinances
State of Minnesota Statutes

 
Paying Fines
How much is my fine? What is the amount of my fine?
How do I pay a fine?
Where can I go to pay a fine in person?
Why has the amount I owe Increased?
What will happen if I don't pay the fine?
What should I do if I can't pay the fine before the due date?
Can I pay online if I signed an agreement to pay a fine?
What credit cards can I use?
Why doesn't my ticket show up when I inquire?
Why didn't I receive a late notice?
What is a convenience fee and why is it added to my fine?
 
Contesting a Ticket
How do I contest a ticket?
Can I contest a ticket through the mail?
Can I contest a ticket after paying the fine?
Can I contest a payable ticket without going through a trial?
What is a Hearing Officer?
What are the rules regarding parking in a Handicap Zone?
What are the rules for Snow Emergencies?
What is a Fire Lane?
Where can I find the parking ordinances for my city?
What is the law regarding license plates?

 

Appearing in Court
What is my court date? / How am I notified?
Can I get a Public Defender?
How do I apply for a Public Defender?
What happens if I miss my court appearance?
Can I reschedule a court appearance?
What happens when I go to court?
What kind of sentence will I receive?
Driving Record,
Withdrawal of Your License
If I pay the fine, will the offense go on my driving record?
Why is my Driver's License suspended?
Is my driving record public information?
Will my Driver's License be reinstated as soon as I pay my fine?
Viewing Records
How do I see my traffic record?
How do I view the documents in a case record?
How can I get a case expunged from my record?
Towing
I think my car was towed. What do I do?
Why was my car towed?
What is a scofflaw?
What happens if my vehicle is considered a scofflaw?
No Insurance
No Proof of Insurance
How do I handle a No Insurance or No Proof of Insurance charge?
If I have to show proof of insurance, how do I submit it to the court?
What proof of insurance does the Court accept?
What can I do if I sold my car or got insurance after being ticketed for an insurance violation?
What if I wasn't insured or can't show proof of insurance?
 
Other Questions
What do I do if I think a parking meter is broken?
I got a late notice, but I sold the car before the ticket was issued. What should I do?
How is the amount of my fine determined?
I'm not sure my ticket was issued in Ramsey County. What cities are in Ramsey County?
What if my ticket was issued outside of Ramsey County?
Can I pay a fine on a ticket issued to an underage person (a juvenile)?
How do I... Questions on a broader range of topics
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Paying Fines

How much is my fine? What is the amount of my fine?

The amount of your fine will vary, depending on when it was received, what statutes govern the offense, and the fine schedule. To find out how much you owe, you must either:

  • Call our office at (651) 266-9202 and input the citation number. The automated system will tell you the fine amount and any applicable due date. If you choose, and if you have a valid credit card that you can use, you can continue with the automated system and pay your fine over the telephone (there is a $1.50 charge for this service).
  • Speak with a representative, either at the number above (by pressing zero) or in person at one of our three Fine Payment Locations.
  • Inquire on-line at our Web Payment Home Page. Again, if you choose, you may pay the fine at this point by clicking the Pay Fine button on the result page. The web site accepts credit cards or checks.
How do I pay a fine?
  • On-line* at this website with a credit card or a personal check. You can begin the process by following this link: Web Payment Home Page.
  • By telephone* using a credit card. Call (651)266-9202. Have your credit card and your ticket number with you when you call.
  • In person at one of our three Fine Payment Locations.
  • By mail with a check or a money order: Use the envelope attached to the ticket or mail your payment to Ramsey District Court, Traffic Violations Bureau, 15 W Kellogg Blvd Rm 130, Saint Paul MN 55102-1613. Include the ticket or the ticket number with your payment. Do not mail cash.

*There is a $1.50 fee for using this service that offsets the cost of charges imposed by financial institutions for this kind of payment.

Where can I go to pay a fine in person?

To one of our three locations:


City Hall/Courthouse The St. Paul City Hall Courthouse
15 W Kellogg Blvd, Room 130
Law Enforcement Center Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center
425 Grove St
Map/Directions
(Payment location only; no Hearing Officers available)
Suburban Courthouse The Suburban Branch Office in Maplewood
2050 White Bear Ave

Why has the amount I owe increased?

A late penalty of $5 is added 21 days after the ticket enters our system and an additional fee of up to $50 is added 24 days after that.
If you signed an agreement to pay the fine and defaulted on the agreement, the fine will increase by the amount stated on the agreement.

What will happen if I don't pay the fine?

For most cases, a late fee of $5.00 is added after 21 days and an additional penalty of up to $50.00 is added to that if the fine is not paid within 45 days. After that, the Court may begin collection efforts.
Specifically, if payment is not received within 21 days, a Late Payment Advisory and Final Demand Notice will be sent by first class mail and your fine will increase by $5.00. If the ticket is not paid by the due date shown on the notice, or you do not appear to contest the violation, a delinquent fee of not more than $50.00 will be added to the fine amount. Past due payable tickets may be referred to a collection agency. Additional collection efforts that may occur include: towing your vehicle or recommending your driver's license be suspended.
If you received an Order to Pay as a result of a sentence handed down by a judge or referee, any suspended portions of the sentence, including jail time, can be imposed. Additionally, a warrant can be issued for your arrest.

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What should I do if I can't pay the fine before the due date?

Before the fine is due, you must make special arrangements with the Court to pay your fine at a later date or to pay in installments. Call (651) 266-9202 to set up an appointment with a Hearing Officer.

Can I pay online if I signed an agreement to pay a fine in court or before a Hearing Officer?

Not always. You can pay online only if you did not appear before a judge or referee. If you did, you must pay in person or by mail. If the fine was assessed by the Violations Bureau from a fine schedule or if you appeared before a Hearing Officer only, you can use any of the methods listed above, including paying online. In all cases, keep in mind that your payment must be receipted by the Court on or before the stated due date.

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What credit cards can I use?

The court accepts Visa and MasterCard. If you pay on-line, you can also use a check. You will need to provide the bank account and routing number information from your check.

Why doesn't my ticket show up when I inquire?

This may happen for a number of reasons. Please review these possibilites and follow the advice that corresponds to what you think is the likliest of them.

  • It may be that the ticket is not yet entered in the database. It can take up to 10 business days. Wait a few days and try again.
  • Your ticket may have been issued in another jurisdiction. Follow this link for information on Courts Outside of Ramsey County.
  • You may have entered incorrect information. Double-check the information and try again.
  • If you are under 18, the charge may be handled in Juvenile Court. Call the Juvenile Court office at (651) 266-5115 for more information.
  • The charge may be entered differently into our database. The most reliable search criteria are citation number and driver's license number.
  • If any of the charges on the ticket require a court appearance, or if you chose to appear, the case will be in a database not accessible by our online or telephone pay systems. Call (651)266-9202 for instructions.

If you cannot locate the ticket using the advice above within 2 weeks of the violation, call (651)266-9202 for assistance.

Why didn't I receive a late notice?

For moving violations, a notice is mailed to the address on the ticket. For parking tickets, the notice is mailed to the address of the registered owner. If that information is incorrect, you may not have received the notice. The late fee that was imposed, however, is still due and owing.

What is a convenience fee and why is it added to my fine?

When paying a fine online or with your telephone, your credit status is checked through our banking system and the money is electronically transferred. The bank charges the court a fee for this service and the state legislature has authorized the collection of an additional fee to partially defray the costs of paying fines this way. The money collected is not kept by the court, but is used to pay the bank that provides the service. Currently, the fee is $1.50. Payments through the mail or made in person are not assessed this extra fee.


Contesting a Ticket

How do I contest a ticket?

To plead not guilty and set up a trial or to plead guilty and offer an explanation:

  • Look up your ticket on the Web Payment Home Page or call (651) 266-9202 to find out if the ticket has been filed. It may take up to 10 business days for your ticket to be filed with the Court.
  • Once you have confirmed that the ticket has been filed, call (651) 266-9202 (if you are not already on the line). Press 0 at any time to speak directly with a representative. Mention that you'd like to make an appointment to see a Hearing Officer.
  • At the agreed-on date, time, and location, tell the cashier that you have an appointment. Bring any and all paperwork with you as well as a driver's license or personal ID.
  • NOTE: If, at your appointment, you plead not guilty, your trial will be scheduled for a later date.
Can I contest a ticket through the mail?

No, you must see a Hearing Officer in person. 

Can I contest a ticket after paying the fine?

No. Paying the fine amounts to an admission of guilt. If you have questions about contesting a ticket, read the "How do I contest a ticket?" section below.

Can I contest a payable ticket without going through a trial?

Yes. In all cases where the fine is payable (not court-required) and you want to contest your ticket, the first step is to verify that your ticket is on file. To do so, either look up your ticket on our Web Payment Home Page or call the Violations Bureau at (651) 266-9202. Once you have verified this, you must make an appointment to speak with a Hearing Officer. At the number above, press 0 to make arrangements with a representative.

What is a Hearing Officer?

A Hearing Officer is someone authorized by the Court to hear what you have to say about your ticket and make a decision about your fine based on your explanation. Hearing Officers also have the authority to dismiss certain offenses under specific circumstances, to make arrangements to pay a fine over time, to authorize special programs, and to accept a plea of Not Guilty and set your case for court. Hearing Officers are available at the St. Paul and Maplewood Court locations, but you must have an appointment.

What are the rules regarding parking in a Handicap Zone?

Handicap parking zones are enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. To be eligible to park in a handicap zone, a vehicle must display disability license plates, a state-issued permit, or a hangtag. The disabled person must be present in the vehicle as either the driver or a passenger. Disabled persons with valid permits may park at a parking meter free of charge, but must still obey the time limits set forth on the meter. A disability license does not give permission to park in no-park zones or fire lanes.

What are the rules for Snow Emergencies?

The city of Saint Paul follows a Night Plowing and Day Plowing format for snow emergencies. Specific information about these rules as well as snow emergency announcements are posted on the Snow Emergency Page of the City of St. Paul website. Visit the site or call (651) 266-7569
Other cities in Ramsey County have different rules regarding snow emergencies. Often, the rule is that you must be off all city streets once two inches of snow has fallen. Many cities post their snow emergency rules on their own websites. A list of these sites is available through the City Websites page of Minnesota.gov.  Keep this in mind: The information here is general information. The specific ordinances governing snow emergencies are written by and controlled by the city authorities. It's up to you to know the snow emergency rules for the city in which you live or visit.

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What is a Fire Lane?

A Fire Lane is any area that must remain clear of parked cars so that emergency vehicles can pass through, access building entrances, or utilize firefighting equipment. A Fire Lane can be on a public street or on private property.

Where can I find the parking ordinances for my city?

Many cities post their ordinances on their own websites. A list of these sites is available through the City Websites page of Minnesota.gov.

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What is the law regarding license plates?

Minnesota registration law requires that any vehicle parked or operated on public streets must be properly registered and display both front and rear license plates. The tabs must be positioned correctly and attached to the license plates to be valid. License plate frames cannot cover any part of the month or year tabs. License plates must be clean and unobstructed and cannot be covered by clear or colorless material. They must be fastened securely to the front and rear of the vehicle.


Appearing in Court

What is my court date? / How am I notified?

If any of the offenses you are charged with requires a court appearance, the date, time, and location will be mailed to you at the address on the complaint. This is usually the address you've given the police officer or sheriff at the time you were detained. It can take some time for the complaint to reach the court offices and be scheduled, especially if you were released pending further investigation. If, after two weeks, you don't receive notification of your court date, call (651)266-8180 to inquire about the status of your charge and about the court date.

Can I get a public defender?

Only if the charge carries the possibility of jail time and only if you qualify financially.

If you spoke to a Hearing Officer and are scheduled for a Court Trial, you cannot request a public defender on the day of the trial. If you think the charge carries the possibility of jail time and if you think you are otherwise eligible, you must contact the court to appear at an arraignment court where the public defenders are appointed. http://www.pubdef.state.mn.us/

If you don't think you qualify for a public defender, but can't afford a private attorney, you may want to talk to Criminal Defense Services, Inc. This is a non-profit organization that provides low-cost legal representation on a sliding scale based on your abilty to pay.
 
How do I apply for a Public Defender?

If the charge carries the possibility of jail time, you can apply for a public defender when you make your first appearance in court. You will need to fill out a qualification form to determine if you are eligible. Be sure to be on time for your court appearance -- the public defender announcement is made and application forms are provided at the beginning of the court session.

What happens if I miss my court appearance?

There are several things that may happen.

  • An arrest warrant can be ordered
  • You may lose any bail or bond that you posted
  • The charge may be certified to your driving record
  • Your License to drive a motor vehicle may be suspended.

 
Can I reschedule a court appearance?

If there is a reason you can't appear at your scheduled court hearing you must either:

  • Contact your attorney if you have one and ask him or her to help you.
  • Contact the court if you don't have an attorney. You must contact the court as soon as you know you can't appear. Depending on the circumstances, a continuance may or may not be granted. There are specific policies about how far in advance you make the request and/or providing proof that you can't appear. The decision may be referred to the prosecutor or to the presiding judge.

For St. Paul cases, call (651) 266-8180
For suburban cases, call (651) 266-1999

What happens when I go to court?

Your first appearance in court is called an arraignment. At this hearing, your charges will be read to you. The judge will ask you if you want to plead guilty or not guilty. If you plead not guilty, a pretrial session will be scheduled for a later date. If you plead guilty, you may be sentenced the same day, or the judge can request that a Pre-Sentence Investigation (PSI) be done to give the judge more information about you before you are sentenced. If the judge requests a PSI, your sentencing date will be set out approximately 6 to 8 weeks. Your release status may be reviewed at the arraignment. If you are in custody, the prosecutor, defense attorney and the judge will discuss what amount of bail should be set for your case.

 
What kind of sentence will I receive?

By law, every violation has a maximum fine and a maximum amount of jail time associated with it. You will be told what these maximums are at your first appearance in court. The sentence you would receive if you plead guilty or are found guilty is -- within these maximums -- up to the judge who sentences you.


Your Driving Record and Withdrawal of Your License

If I pay the fine, will the offense go on my driving record?

Yes, provided it is a certifiable offense. Certifiable offenses include, but are not limited to: speeding, defective equipment, improper turns or lane use, and careless driving. Non-certifiable offenses are generally offenses that don't pertain to driving behavior. Examples of non-certifiable offenses are parking tickets, most license plate violations, and passenger in possession of an open bottle. Payment of a fine is considered a plea of guilty.

Why is my Driver's License suspended?

There may be many reasons your Driver's License is suspended. It may even be revoked or cancelled. The reason for this can be non-payment of fines, too many violations within a given time period, or for conviction of a serious driving offense. Ultimate control over your driving privileges rests not with the court, but with the Department of Vehicle Services. If you have questions about your license or about a suspension, call the Driver and Vehicle Services office:
General Information: 296-6911.
Regarding specific Driver's License Suspensions: 296-2221
Driver and Vehicle Services Website

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Is my driving record public information?

Your driving record as maintained by the Driver and Vehicle Services office is not public information, but your individual offenses are kept in the Court records, and most of the Court records are available to the public.

Will my Driver's License be reinstated as soon as I pay my fine?

No. Proof of payment must reach the office of Driver and Vehicle Services and they must update their database. You aren't reinstated until Driver and Vehicle Services tells you that you are. You can speed up the process by hand-delivering the proof, but don't drive from the court office to the DVS office.
Additionally, if there are other reasons your license has been withdrawn, you must comply with ALL of the requirements set down by Driver and Vehicle Services before your license is reinstated.

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Viewing Records

How do I see what's on my traffic record?

If you're looking for information about a citation in Ramsey County, you can look it up on one of the public terminals at all three Criminal Court locations in Second District Ramsey County.  If you want a copy of your driving record, you need to ask the Department of Vehicle Services.

How can I view the documents in a case record?

Document image retrieval is currently available only at our court locations. Copy fees apply.

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How can I get a case expunged from my record?

Traffic violations are not eligible for expungement.  If you have a criminal charge that you want expunged, detailed instructions are available on the Criminal Expungement page of this site or on the Self-Help page of the Minnesota Judicial Branch site.


Towing

I think my car was towed. What do I do?

If your vehicle was towed, it would be taken to an impound lot. Call the impound lot to verify that your vehicle is there and for information on how to retrieve it.

  • If your vehicle was towed as a result of a City of St. Paul snow emergency, check the Ticket, Towing, and Storage page on the City of St. Paul web site for information on where it was towed and what to do.
  • If your vehicle was towed from any location in St. Paul for any situation other than a Snow Emergency, call (651) 266-5642.
  • If you were ticketed and towed in any other city in Ramsey County for any reason, you must contact the police agency for that city to find out where the car was taken. (Note: The Minnesota State Patrol may tow from any location and must be contacted separately.)

Be prepared to tell them your vehicle license plate number.

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Why was my car towed?

There are several reasons a car can be towed. Among them:

  • Your vehicle was on the scofflaw list.
  • You were parked on a snow emergency route during a snow emergency.
  • You were parked on private property.
  • Your vehicle was blocking traffic.
What is a scofflaw?

A scofflaw is a vehicle that has five or more tickets that have gone unanswered in the time allowed. Information about these vehicles is shared with Law Enforcement agencies.

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What happens if my vehicle is considered a scofflaw?

Your vehicle may be towed and impounded until you pay the towing fee, impound fee, and the unpaid tickets. Keep in mind that vehicles with out-of-state plates can be on the scofflaw list and can be towed.


No Insurance and No Proof of Insurance

How do I handle a No Insurance or No Proof of Insurance charge?

If the vehicle you were driving was insured, but you did not have proof of current insurance coverage to present at that time, you must bring or mail proof to the Court within 21 days of the date of the offense that your vehicle was insured. If you were charged with anything else at the same time, you must also answer to those charges.

Please include your citation number when providing information to the Court.

If I have to show proof of insurance, how do I submit it to the court?

You must bring in your policy identification card that shows coverage of the vehicle you were driving at the time you were ticketed to either the St. Paul Courthouse or the Suburban Court location in Maplewood. Court Locations. You may also mail in your proof of insurance. Use the address listed on your ticket or your notice to pay. Keep in mind that you are still responsible for any additional charges listed on the ticket. Please allow 5 business days for processing.

Before you submit your proof, verify that the ticket is on file in the Court's computer system. You can check using this web site (click here to begin) or call the Violations Bureau at (651) 266-9202.

Please include the citation number when providing information to the Court.

What proof of insurance does the Court accept?

The ID card must include:

  • the name of the insurance company,
  • policy number,
  • effective dates of coverage,
  • year, make and model of the vehicle covered,
  • the vehicle identification number (VIN), and
  • the agent's name and telephone number.
  • Photo copies are not accepted. Faxes are only accepted directly from the insurance company, not from you or your insurance agent.

Please have your citation with you or know your citation number when providing information to the Court.

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What can I do if I sold my car or got insurance after being ticketed for an insurance violation?

Within 21 days, you must verify that the ticket is on file and, once it is, schedule an appointment to speak with a Hearing Officer.

  • To verify. check our Fine Payment Site (you may inquire on a ticket without paying) or call the Violations Bureau at (651) 266-9202. Be prepared to enter the ticket number.
  • To shedule an appointment, call our office at (651) 266-9202 and press 0 to speak with a representative.

On the day of your appointment, bring the ticket, your Driver's License or other identification, and proof of current insurance coverage or proof that the vehicle has been sold.

What if I wasn't insured or can't show proof of insurance?

Within 21 days, you must verify that the ticket is on file and, once it is, schedule an appointment to speak with a Hearing Officer.

  • To verify. check our Fine Payment Site (you may inquire on a ticket without paying) or call the Violations Bureau at (651) 266-9202. Be prepared to enter the ticket number.
  • To shedule an appointment, call our office at (651) 266-9202 and press 0 to speak with a representative.

If the Hearing Officer is unable to deal with your matter, you will be scheduled for a court appearance.

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Other Questions 

What do I do if I think a parking meter is broken?

Report it to the broken meter line immediately. Be sure and note the meter number. It's located on the front of the meter just below the coin slot.

  • For meters on the U of M St. Paul campus, call (612) 626-7275.
  • For meters in the State Capital area, call (651) 296-6741.
  • For meters anywhere else in Saint Paul, call (651) 266-9776.

If you received an expired meter ticket, wait 10 days after reporting the broken meter, call the Violations Bureau (651-266-9202), and ask if the meter you reported was broken. Warning: Don't park at a meter if you think it's broken. You can still be ticketed and owe the fine.

I got a late notice, but I sold the car before the ticket was issued. What should I do?

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If you sold the vehicle in question before the date of offense, contact the Minnesota Department of Vehicle Services (DVS) and supply what is known as a Report of Sale. Once you have taken this step, provide the court with documentation obtained from DVS displaying the sale information.

Step One: Notify Driver and Vehicle Services
DVS offers 2 ways of submitting the buyer information:

  1. (recommended) On the web at http://www.mndriveinfo.org./ Follow the instructions for submitting a Report of Sale. You'll find the instructions in the left-side navigation: under Online Services, click "more...".
  2. Over the phone at (651) 297-2559. You may either supply the information to an automated attendant any time day or night, or, if you call between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, you may speak with a live agent.

Have all of the following information ready before you call or go online:

  • Your drivers license number
  • The date of sale
  • The drivers license number, name and address of the new owner
  • The license plate number of the vehicle
  • The last four numbers of the VIN, or Vehicle Identification Number

Step Two: Request a Copy of the vehicle sale information from DVS.

Step Three: Notify the Court
Provide the court with documentation obtained from DVS showing the vehicle sale information. At minimum, this documentation needs to include your name, date of sale, vehicle information including plate number, make, model, and VIN.

Step Four: Contact our office at (651) 266-9202 five business days after providing the documentation to check on the status of your citation(s).

Keep in mind that this process only covers tickets issued in Ramsey County and that tickets issued elsewhere must be handled separately. Submitting a Report of Sale does not transfer the title. This must be done in person by the buyer at a Deputy Registrar's Office. If the buyer does not transfer the title

How is the amount of my fine determined?

Fine amounts are determined by the state whenever the violation is a state statute and by the city when the violation is a city ordinance.

I'm not sure my ticket was issued in Ramsey County. What cities are in Ramsey County?
Arden Hills Maplewood Roseville
Falcon Heights Mounds View Shoreview
Gem Lake New Brighton Vadnais Heights
Lauderdale North Oaks White Bear Lake
Little Canada North Saint Paul White Bear Township

Ramsey County also includes small portions of:
Birchwood, Blaine, Saint Anthony, and Spring Lake Park.

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What if my ticket was issued outside of Ramsey County?

You must contact the court office of the district in which your ticket was issued. Hennepin County (4th District) has it's own fine payment site.  If the ticket was in neither Hennepin nor Ramsey County, check the State of Minnesota Online Fine Payment page. If you're unsure, check our Other Court Locations page for a directory of local cities and their corresponding court offices.

Can I pay a fine on a ticket issued to an underage person (a juvenile)?

Yes, under certain conditions. State statutes and Minnesota Rules of Court determine juvenile charges and penalties. Contact the Violations Bureau at (651) 266-9202 to determine what steps must be taken to address the violation.  Violations Bureau staff will advise you if the case has been referred to Juvenile Court.


What is the Violations Bureau?

The Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB) is set up to collect the fines associated with parking and traffic offenses and to handle any other matters that go along with them. For your convenience, fines can be paid at the main office or at the Law Enforcement Center (LEC) or Suburban Branch.

If you are charged with a court-required traffic offense, it is handled by the Criminal Court.

Contesting a Payable Ticket

There are two forums for contesting a ticket that is not court-mandatory. If you choose, you may have a trial, but a trial is only appropriate if you deny committing the offense you are charged with or if you feel that the State cannot prove you committed it.

Hearing Officers

There is a second, more convenient method available to those people who do not deny the offense outright. If you wish to explain certain circumstances about what happened and feel that this explanation should be taken into consideration when determining the amount of the fine, you may speak to a Hearing Officer, who has the authority to reduce a fine. Hearing Officers are available at the Violations Bureau offices in the City Hall Courthouse, or in Maplewood. To speak with a Hearing Officer, call our St. Paul office to set up an appointment.  Instructions and phone numbers are available in the FAQ section of this page.  Bring your citation and a photo ID with you to your appointment. You should be aware that fine reduction does not assure that the offense will stay off of your driving record. Parking violations, however, never go on your driving record anyway.

In either case, you must speak with a Hearing Officer. If you want to have a trial, the Hearing Officer must determine the nature of your argument and what and when the next hearing should be. If a trial is appropriate, you will receive a notice as to when and where it will be. All trials involve witness testimony and argument by the Plaintiff and Defendant. Unless you qualify for and are appointed a Public Defender (at a separate court appearance), it will be up to you to hire your own attorney or represent yourself at the trial.

Paying a Fine / Inquiring about the amount owed

There are three ways to inquire on the amount of your fine and four ways to pay it. 

  1. In Person.  Appear in person at any of the three offices listed at the top of this page.
  2. By Mail.  If you know how much you owe, mail your payment in the envelope that comes with the ticket. Don't mail cash.
  3. By Telephone.  Inquire and/or pay over the telephone.  To pay, you will need Visa or Mastercard credit card.   Call (651) 266-9202. An automated attendant will take you through the necessary steps. Make sure you have your ticket and your credit card ready when you are asked to key in (on your telephone) your ticket number and credit card number. The automated attendant can tell you the amount of your fine and the day it is due.  There is a $1.50 fee for using this service.
  4. On the Web.  Inquire/Pay on-line with a check or credit card. Fine Payment Home Page.  There is a $1.50 fee for using this service.

By state law, all fines on court-required offenses are due upon sentencing. This means that, as soon as the judge hands down a sentence in your case, you will be expected to pay any fine in full before you leave the courthouse. If you cannot, you will have to speak with a Hearing Officer. You may be asked to sign an agreement to pay the fine at a later date. The agreement will include specific instructions for payment and the consequences of non-payment. If you don't follow these directions, you may be re-sentenced by the judge who originally sentenced you, or your debt may be referred to a collection agency. It might even be subtracted from your tax refund.

Remember that paying a fine amounts to a plea of guilty to the charge. After you pay a fine, you cannot return to the court and demand a trial.