Mississippi Court Records
What are Mississippi Traffic Tickets?
Traffic tickets are official notices issued to drivers and other road users after a traffic violation in Mississippi. These tickets typically contain information regarding the driver, the vehicle involved, the offense(s), details of its severity, and associated penalties. Typically, local law enforcement issues traffic tickets, and the Driver Service Bureau enforces penalties under the Mississippi Motor Vehicles and Traffic Regulation. Also, the division creates, maintains, and disseminates driving records in Mississippi. Concerned individuals may resolve traffic tickets at the local DMV office or the courthouse indicated on the ticket.
Records that are considered public may be accessible from some third-party websites. These websites often make searching less complicated, as they are not limited by geographic location, and search engines on these sites may help when starting a search for a specific or multiple records. To begin using such a search engine on a third-party or government website, interested parties usually must provide:
- The name of the person involved in the record, unless said person is a juvenile
- The location or assumed location of the record of the person involved
Third-party sites are independent of government sources and are not sponsored by these government agencies. Because of this, record availability on third-party websites may vary.
What Does a Traffic Citation Mean in Mississippi?
A traffic citation refers to the document issued by law enforcement when a motorist violates traffic laws in Mississippi. Also, a traffic citation is colloquially known as a traffic ticket in discussions on traffic violations.
Depending on the offense’s severity, getting a citation or ticket typically requires that the violator appears in court and pays stipulated fines. Furthermore, if found guilty, the Driver Service Bureau will record the citation’s information on the individual’s driving record.
How Do I Pay a Traffic Ticket in Mississippi?
When an offender receives a ticket, Mississippi traffic laws require that they respond by paying the fines or appearing in court, as indicated on the ticket’s back, within ten (10) days from the issue date. If they wish to contest the traffic ticket, they must also respond during the window period.
Bear in mind that choosing to pay a traffic ticket is equivalent to an admission of guilt and that the recipient has opted to waive their right to challenge the traffic ticket in court. Furthermore, paying a ticket may attract additional penalties, such as adding points to the offender’s driving record. Receiving multiple tickets typically translates to increased auto insurance rates for the offending driver.
A Trial Court will typically hear traffic violation cases within the jurisdiction where the violation occurred, and fines are paid to the court in person, by phone, mail, or online. The offender must contact the court to determine which of these methods is available, but most courts offer in-person payment options during business hours. However, if the violator cannot pay the full fine at once, the court may set up a payment plan. The offender must contact the court to find out if this option is available.
Can You Pay Mississippi Traffic Tickets Online?
Yes, depending on the jurisdiction where the violation occurred, Trial Courts maintain a payment portal for traffic tickets in most counties. However, traffic violators must pay specific traffic tickets in person at the local courthouse. If you have trouble paying online, certain third-party service providers resolve or dispute tickets on behalf of clients. Typically, this service is subscription-based, and users have to provide relevant information to find and settle or contest the ticket. In either case, the details required often include:
- The full name of the violator
- Jurisdiction of the traffic violation
- Uniform Traffic Citation (UTC) number on the ticket
- Case number
- Court date
- Date of offense
- Driver’s license number
- Driver’s date of birth
- Credit card information
How do I Pay a Ticket online in Mississippi?
To pay a traffic ticket online in Mississippi, find the presiding court’s official website or the county where the violation occurred. The Mississippi Judiciary maintains a public directory of courts in the state. The individual must possess a traffic ticket or the information mentioned above at the time of payment. For example, to pay a traffic ticket in Jackson County:
- Visit the payment portal.
- Select the search parameter (e.g., citation number, license number, etc.)
- Enter the Citation number, driver’s license number, or date of birth
- Click search and Follow the on-screen prompts.
What is the Mississippi Traffic Ticketing System?
The Mississippi Driver Services Bureau does not use a point system to track and determine penalties for various Mississippi traffic violations. Typically, the division issues a warning when a driver accumulates several violations within a short period. Depending on the number of violations and the severity of the offense, the Department of Transportation may issue a temporary or permanent revocation of a driver’s license. The reinstatement requirements for a suspended or revoked driver’s license differ with the circumstances surrounding the violation. Nevertheless, most violators may have to:
- Serve the entire suspension.
- Complete defensive driving course
- Complete a traffic safety education course
- Provide a certificate of insurance
- Pay a reinstatement fee of $25 to $175 (depending on the violation)
- Retake a driver’s license exam
How Do I Know if I Have a Traffic Ticket in Mississippi?
Drivers who have been issued a ticket in Mississippi are either served in person or mailed the ticket. However, if an offender misses this mail or ignores it, the court shall issue a supplemental summons or warrant for arrest. To get information about pending traffic ticket, interested persons may obtain their driving records from the Bureau of Driver Services. The bureau also allows drivers to access their driving records on this web page.
A typical driving record will contain your complete driving history, including crash reports, DUIs, citation history, etc. Typically, the requester must provide the driver’s date of birth, license number, and other required information. The payment of the necessary fee validates a request, or the order will not be processed.
In-person and mail driving record requests may be made by visiting the closest DMV office. The Bureau of Driver Services maintains a directory of all local offices in Mississippi. Likewise, independent service providers allow interested parties to know any traffic ticket’s status on a driver’s record. This option is especially useful when searching for multiple traffic tickets in different jurisdictions.
How Can I Find a Lost Traffic Ticket in Mississippi?
Concerned individuals may find lost traffic tickets by contacting the court in the jurisdiction where the violation occurred. Individuals may also visit the nearest Bureau of Driver Services office. The bureau charges a non-refundable fee of $5.00 for each copy of the ticket.
Generally, the requester must provide a traffic ticket number, court docket number, or subject’s full name to facilitate the search. Thus, offenders must memorize or make personal records of the citation number, presiding court, the issuing officer’s name, and the specific violations or charges.
How Long Does a Traffic Ticket Stay on Your Record in Mississippi?
Under Mississippi Traffic Violations Procedure § 63–9–17, the Department of Public Safety maintains a publicly-available record of the traffic ticket for a minimum of 3 years. However, records of serious traffic convictions in Mississippi remain on the individual’s driving record for life.
Is a Summon Worse Than a Ticket in Mississippi?
It depends. The court typically issues a summons to motorists who committed grave traffic offenses, repeat offenders issued multiple tickets within a short period, or offenders who failed to respond to a ticket. Of course, a summons could mean the individual incurs hefty fines, attorney fees, and lose valuable time arguing their case in court. On the other hand, a ticket can be resolved by making a payment online, through the mail, or in-person. Thus, traffic offenders must take both seriously as they may result in unsavory penalties.