What do I do Now?
A traffic payment is due in the Clerk's office by the compliance date (within 30 calendar days of issuance date on the citation). Payments received, regardless of postmark, or made after the compliance date will incur an additional late fee and possible suspension of your driver's license.
A Civil Traffic Citation is a noncriminal traffic violation that is not punishable by incarceration and for which there is no right to a trial by jury or a right to court-appointed counsel. Most civil traffic infractions do not require a court appearance, but can be disposed by paying a civil penalty, requesting an infraction hearing, or electing to attend a driver improvement course. The Clerk of the Court collects all traffic fines and distributes the proceeds according to law. The total amount of a traffic fine consists of amounts required to be paid by Florida Law as well as by County and City ordinances.
Upon receipt of a civil traffic citation for any non-criminal violation, you have 30 days from the date of issuance of the ticket to exercise any one of the following three options:
Pay the Ticket Online or at a Retail location
A traffic payment is due in the Clerk's office by the compliance date (within 30 days of receipt of the citation).
Payments may be made in person, by phone, by mail, online, or at trusted retail store locations. The Clerk's office accepts cash, money orders, cashier's checks, traveler's checks, Mastercard, Visa, Discover, and American Express.
How to Pay with Cash at a Retail Location
You can pay your court-related fee with cash at CVS Pharmacy®, 7-Eleven®, Family Dollar®, ACE Cash Express and Casey's General Stores. When selecting the cash payment option, you only need to follow three easy steps after you print a PaySlip payment code from our online payment site. Cash payments must be made by the deadline date shown on the the Payslip.
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Option 1 - Pay the Ticket and Elect to Attend a Driver Improvement Course Traffic Citation Options Form
This Driver Improvement Course option may not be available to you if:
- Your traffic violation requires a mandatory court appearance
- You possess a valid Class A, B or C commercial driver’s license (CDL)
- You have elected to attend a Florida approved basic driver improvement course within the last 12 calendar months or more than a total of 5 times in a lifetime
- You are not eligible for Driving School Election as determined by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Online Driver License Check
Option 2 - Contest the Ticket In Court
If you choose to enter a Not Guilty plea and contest the traffic citation in court, you must notify the Clerk in writing within 30 days of the date the citation was issued to request a traffic infraction hearing using the Traffic Citation Options Form. You may deliver this completed form to the Clerk's office in person or by mail within 30 days of the compliance date. When you choose this option, you plead not guilty and you waive your right to pay the fine or elect to attend a driver improvement course.
After receipt of this completed form by the Clerk, you will receive a notice from the clerk advising you of the date and time of your hearing. If you reside outside of Okaloosa County, you may attend in person at your own expense or be heard at the hearing by way of an Affidavit of Defense. Subpoenas will be issued for the law enforcement officer as well as any witnesses listed by the officer. You are responsible for making sure any witnesses you want to testify appear at the hearing.
The court may impose a fine up to $500 (in cases of speed in a school zone, work zone or a death, fine may be $1,000) or require you to attend Driver Improvement Course, or both.
CrestviewClerk of the Circuit Court
Okaloosa County Courthouse
101 East James Lee Blvd.
Crestview, FL 32536
Ft. Walton BeachClerk of the Circuit Court
Okaloosa County Courthouse Annex Extension
1940 Lewis Turner Blvd, Suite 1-300
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Frequently Asked Questions
- Pay the Ticket.
- Attend a Driver Improvement Course.
- Contest the Ticket In Court.
- Pay in person at our Customer Service department located at 101 E. James Lee Blvd. in Crestview, FL or 1940 Lewis Turner Blvd in Fort Walton Beach, FL.
- Pay by phone via nCourt - 1(855)893-7926 using a MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or American Express card.
- Send a cashier’s check or money order by mail to the Clerk's office, payable to "Clerk of Court".
- Pay online via nCourt Pay Online
- Pay with Cash via nCourt Pay with Cash
- You may elect this option no more than once every 12 months and no more than 5 times in a lifetime.
- You may appear in person at the customer service division to make this election or you may make the election by paying your citation online ,or by calling our third party vendor nCourt at 1-855-893-7926.
- If you choose to make this election by mail, you must complete and submit the Driver's School Election Form along with the payment for court cost within 30 days from the date of your citation.
- You may also contact the Customer Service Division at 850-651-7200 or 850-689-5000 for the amount of court cost due.
Clerk of the Circuit Court, Attn: Customer Service Division, 101 East James Lee Blvd., Crestview, FL 32536
Clerk of the Circuit Court, Attn: Customer Service Division, 1940 Lewis Turner Blvd, Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32547.
- You may receive mail from private driver improvement schools or you may contact local schools listed in the phone directory under “Traffic School” or “Driving Instruction”. Additional information may also be found on the website for Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.