How to plead to or pay NYC (TVB) traffic tickets
If you have a Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB) traffic ticket that was issued in New York City, you can
- plead 'Guilty' and pay tickets answerable to TVB
- plead 'Not Guilty' and schedule a TVB hearing online, over the phone or in a TVB office
- pay tickets with a guilty decision
- change an earlier 'Not Guilty' plea to a 'Guilty' for tickets that do not require your appearance
- re-schedule a 'Not Guilty' hearing (one time)
- request to be notified by email when your traffic ticket has been entered into our system
- request TVB schedule or re-schedule your tickets if no dates are available
We do not handle parking violations, red light camera tickets, criminal driving violations (for example, DWI) or tickets answerable in a local court.
You will need your
- TVB traffic ticket number
- DMV ID Number (Client ID Number) from your New York State license, permit, or non-driver ID
- full name, date of birth, and gender as they appear on the traffic ticket (if your license is from another state)
You can plead or pay your ticket now or schedule your hearing online.
Your traffic ticket must
- display the words 'Traffic Violations Bureau' at the bottom (see a sample ticket)
- be an 'open' ticket (unresolved)
Please note that in some cases it can take several days for a ticket to be reported to the DMV. If you are certain that the information you entered is correct, please continue to check this every few days. If you have further questions, please call the Traffic Violations Bureau at (718) 488-5710.
If your address has changed and you plead ‘Not Guilty’ to one or more traffic tickets, you must provide your new address so we can send you a Notice of Hearing in the mail. This will not update your other DMV records. Learn how to change your address on your license or registrations.
If your name has changed and you plead ‘Not Guilty’ to one or more traffic tickets, the DMV will send you a Notice of Hearing to you with your previous name.
Enter your plea on the ticket and include the appropriate fee (payable to 'Commissioner of Motor Vehicles') if you are pleading guilty. Mail to
Traffic Violations Plea Unit
P.O. Box 2950 - ESP
Albany, NY 12220-0950
At a TVB office
You can plead to or pay a TVB ticket, and schedule a hearing at a Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB). Find a TVB near you. You cannot plead to or pay a TVB ticket, or schedule a hearing at a regular DMV Issuing Office.
What happens if I plead guilty to a violation that results in 5 or more points?
If you have 3 or more alcohol-related convictions on your entire driving record, a plea of guilty to a violation that results in 5 or more points may result in the revocation of your license under Part 132 of the Commissioner's Regulations. You may want to consult with an attorney before you enter your plea.
I received a TVB traffic ticket while riding a bicycle. Can I plead to or pay it online?
You may plead to or pay TVB bicycle/in-line skate tickets in the same way as with any other TVB tickets – online, by phone, by mail or at a TVB office.
Please note that convictions for bicycle/in-line skate offenses do not require the payment of a surcharge and they do not result in points being applied to your driving record.
I am an attorney. How can I schedule TVB hearings for my clients?
If you are an attorney admitted to the Bar in New York State who wants to process ‘Not Guilty’ pleas and schedule hearings online for motorists who are your clients, please submit a TVB Ticket Management for Attorneys - Application for Web Access (PDF) (AA-15) to the Traffic Violations Division- Attorney Scheduling.
- 1. If you plead ‘Guilty’, you must pay all fines, fees, and surcharges that result from the plea.
You cannot plead ‘Guilty’ online if the conviction will result in the suspension or revocation of your driving privilege. You must appear at a TVB office.
- 2. Your hearing must be held in the jurisdiction where the ticket was issued. The transaction sets the earliest available date for your hearing. You can change the date of your hearing only once, but not within 24 hours of your hearing. If you fail to appear for your hearing
- you may be convicted by default
- you may need to pay additional fines
- your driving privilege will be suspended
- 3. If you previously pleaded ‘Not Guilty’ to the traffic ticket, you can change your plea to ‘Guilty’. However, in order to plead not guilty you must pay all the fines, fees, and surcharges. Partial payments are not accepted. To avoid additional fees you must complete this transaction before the date of the hearing.
- 4. After you select a ‘Not Guilty’ hearing date and time, you can return to the transaction one time to select a different date and time (if available). When you return to the transaction to check for other hearing dates and times:
- Enter the ticket number and the other required information in Step 1
- Verify the information in Step 2
- In Step 3, look for the ticket under 'Earlier Pleas of Not Guilty'
Select 'Check for Other Available Hearing Dates'. When you then select 'Continue', the page will display other available hearing dates. If there is no button for 'Check for Other Available Hearing Dates,' the hearing for the ticket(s) was previously re-scheduled, and you cannot re-schedule again online. You must contact the TVB to re-schedule your hearing.
- 5. To enter a plea, your traffic ticket must already be in our system. If your traffic ticket is not currently in our system, you can request to be notified by email when your record is updated.
If you do not receive a notification you are still responsible to contact TVB and enter a plea for your ticket.
Please verify your computer privacy settings and check your spam folder for an email notification.
- 6. If you do not have the ticket number, enter all of the other information to determine if we can locate the ticket record.
Out of state motorists must have a ticket number.