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HELPFUL INFORMATION:
  • Pay Ticket &/or Elect Driving Course Online
  • General Traffic Citation Information
  • Electing a Defensive Driving Course
  • General Boating Citation Information
  • Mandatory Boating Safety Education Course
  • Driver's License Reinstatement
  • License Status Check
  • Driver’s License Transcripts
  • Court Hearings
  • Parking Tickets
  • Red Light Camera Violations
  • 24-HOUR TRAFFIC INFORMATION HOTLINE (727) 464-4846

    Clerk's Call Center (727) 464-7000

    Traffic Forms:
  • Parking Affidavit of Defense
  • Traffic Affidavit of Defense
  • Plea of Not Guilty and Request for Hearing
  • Motion to Continue Civil Traffic Hearing

  • -Request to reschedule your civil traffic ticket hearing.

    Traffic Citation Information

     Infraction violations must be paid within 30 calendar days from the date the ticket was issued.

    If a ticket is not paid within 30 calendar days from the date of issuance, a suspension will be entered against your driver license, which could affect your insurance rates and will subject you to additional penalties.

    If you receive a letter from the State of Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (Florida DHSMV) informing you that your license will be suspended, you MUST COMPLY on or before the business day PRIOR (before) THE DATE STATED ON THE LETTER. The suspension date listed on the letter goes into effect at midnight on that date. Therefore, if you come in on the that date, you will be late and your license will already be suspended.

    Tickets must be satisfied in the county in which they were issued. For example, if you received a traffic ticket in Tampa, Florida, you MUST PAY FOR IT in Hillsborough County. You may NOT pay for it in Pinellas County.

    The Clerk's 24-Hour Automated Hotline, (727) 464-4846, will provide information about your traffic ticket including the amount of the civil penalty due, the options available to you to satisfy the charge, the due date, the status of the ticket and other general information. Using your Mastercard, VISA, American Express or Discover, you may also make a payment for any non-criminal, non-deliquent (within 30 days of issuance) ticket using the Clerk's 24-hour Automated Hotline. Please have your copy of the ticket with you when you place the call. You will be charged a convenience fee by the credit card processor for this service.

    Deputy clerks cannot advise you on the number of points assessed against your driver history record or on how points will affect your insurance or how many times you have elected school. You must address these concerns with the Bureau of Driver Licenses and/or your insurance agent.

    Fees for traffic fines may change during the year. The envelope provided by the deputy may not be accurate. Please refer to the fee schedule for the most current information.

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    Boating Citations have the same time requirements for payments of fines. Please refer to the fee schedule for the most current information.
    Information on attending a mandatory Boating Safety Education Course

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    TO SATISFY A CIVIL INFRACTION (TICKET):   Please allow 5 to 7 days for our office to receive and process your citation (traffic ticket) before making your payment.

    Methods of paying traffic fines include:

  • Pay with debit or credit card*:
    1. ONLINE*
    2. By phone by using the automated, 24-hour, payment line: 727-464-4846*.
  • Pay with check or money order made payable to "Clerk of Court" in the envelope you received:
    1. By mail with proper postage
    2. By placing it in one of the "Drop Boxes" outside the Clerk's Office locations.
  • Visit any Amscot location and make your CASH payment.
       (Amscot charges a $2.00 service fee.)
  • Pay your fines in person at one of the Clerk's Office locations using cash, check, money order, debit or credit card*.
  • You may also pay Court Imposed Fines and Costs for Felony, Misdemeanor, Ordinance Violations, Boating Violations, Bond Estreature Cases, Traffic Tickets and Other Miscellaneous Non-Criminal Infractions ONLINE with a debit or credit card.*
    *You will be charged a convenience fee by the Vendor for this service.

    Payable civil infractions may be satisfied in one of several ways:

    1. by entering a plea of Not Guilty,
    2. by electing to attend a defensive driving course,
    3. by submitting an Affidavit of Compliance for cases involving safety equipment violations which have been corrected by you.
    4. OR, Traffic tickets written for certain driver license, registration or insurance violations may be dismissed by the Clerk if proof of compliance at the time the ticket was issued can be shown.

      Extensions: Extensions to pay are granted for a one-time, 30 day period if requested on or before the original 30 day due date. This can be done by calling our Clerk's Call Center at (727) 464-7000 during Office hours for these and all Clerk's locations may be found regular business hours or online by utilizing our customer support email notification process

    TO ENTER A NOT GUILTY PLEA TO A CIVIL TRAFFIC INFRACTION:

    You must notify the Clerk's Office, in person or in writing, within the required time frame of thirty (30) calendar days from the date of issuance of the ticket.

    IF YOU LIVE OUTSIDE OF PINELLAS COUNTY, TO PLEAD NOT GUILTY TO A TRAFFIC TICKET:

    If you wish to plea Not Guilty to a traffic infraction ticket, and you cannot appear for a hearing because you live outside Pinellas County, you must complete an Affidavit of Defense and file it with Pinellas County Clerk’s Office on or before the 30-day due date.

    Effective October 1, 2006, speed in excess of 30 mph over the posted speed limit requires a mandatory court appearance. The fine is doubled for a second or subsequent conviction within 12 months when speed exceeds the limit by 30 mph or more. A person may not elect to attend a defensive driving course in lieu of a court appearance.

    IF THE COURT FINDS YOU GUILTY:

    If you are found guilty of a civil traffic infraction, the court may assess fine and costs, order you to attend a defensive driving course or impose other penalties. If you should fail to pay the fine and cost within the time allotted you by the court, if any, a suspension will be issued against your driver's license and additional penalties will be imposed.

    Fines for civil infractions are governed by Florida Statutes. For the most current fine schedule refer to a current "Schedule of Service Charges" for the applicable fee. The "Schedule of Service Charges is available online and in any Clerk's Office.

    Fines are distributed to various funds established by the legislature with a portion being returned to the issuing law enforcement agency and a service charge retained by the Clerk of the Circuit Court.

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    Traffic Court

    The Traffic Division of the County Court is set-up to hear criminal traffic, civil traffic infractions parking ticket cases. The following people may be present at your hearing; the officer who issued the traffic ticket and any other witnesses called by the officer or any witnesses that you may wish to call to testify on your behalf. Criminal traffic cases are heard by County Judges. Most civil infractions are heard by Hearing Officers. Contested parking ticket cases are also heard by the Hearing Officers.
    A CRIMINAL TRAFFIC CHARGE is a charge, such as Driving Under the Influence, which requires a court appearance as it carries with it criminal penalties which may include fines and costs, probation and/or the possibility of a jail term. Payment of the ticket cannot be automatically made to the Clerk's Office. Persons charged with a criminal offense will have a court date shown on their traffic ticket and must appear in court.

    A CIVIL TRAFFIC INFRACTION is a non-criminal charge that can usually be disposed of by the payment of a civil penalty or an election to attend a defensive driving course with a payment of the civil penalty. A court appearance is not required, except in cases where the violation involves an accident or property damage, speed thirty (30) miles or more over the posted speed limit or leaving a child unattended with the motor running.

    Effective October 1, 2006, speed in excess of 30 mph over the posted speed limit requires a mandatory court appearance. The fine is doubled for a second or subsequent conviction within 12 months when speed exceeds the limit by 30 mph or more. A person may not elect to attend a defensive driving course in lieu of a court appearance.

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     Driver’s License Reinstatements

    If your license is suspended for failure to pay a civil infraction in Pinellas County, you may pay the fine amount owing plus the assessed delinquent fee, at one of the Clerks locations. The Clerk's Office can assist you in reinstating your license for those that the Clerk issued, except for those dealing with child support and financial responsibility. For those reasons, you will need to go to a driver license office for reinstatement. A reinstatement fee will be required.

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     Check Your Driver's License Status

    The State of Florida has a site where you can find out if your license is valid by just entering your license number. If your license is not valid, a brief explanation of why and some instructions will display. Not all invalid license issues can be dealt with by the Clerk's Office. Some must involve the Department of Motor Vehicles, and for others you must contact the Clerk for the county in which the violation occurred. Click here for a list of Florida Clerk's Offices.

    Check your license status by clicking here

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    Driver’s License Transcripts

    The Clerk's Office now sells driver's license transcripts. Citizens can purchase copies of their driver license transcripts, which contain driver’s history information, from the Clerk’s Office.

    Either a three-year history transcript or a seven-year history transcript may be purchased for a fee. A person can only request and/or purchase their own driver license transcript and must present a valid form of identification with both a valid picture and signature.

    Driver license transcripts may be purchased at:

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    OFFICE - (TRAFFIC TICKET PAYMENT) LOCATIONS

    Clerk's Call Center (727) 464-7000

    CRIMINAL COURT RECORDS
    PINELLAS COUNTY JUSTICE CENTER

    14250 49th Street North
    Clearwater, FL 33762

    NORTH COUNTY BRANCH OFFICE
    29582 U.S. 19 North
    Clearwater, FL 33761

    PROBATE COURT RECORDS
    CLEARWATER COURTHOUSE

    315 Court St., Room 106
    Clearwater, FL 33756

    ST. PETERSBURG BRANCH OFFICE
    545 First Avenue North
    St. Petersburg, FL 33701
    Telephone: (727) 464-7000

    CLERK'S TYRONE BRANCH OFFICE
    1800 66th Street North
    St. Petersburg, FL 33710

    RECORDS CENTER
    14155 49th Street, North
    Clearwater, FL 33762

    Drop boxes are available at each of the above locations.

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    Ken Burke, Clerk of the Circuit Court
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