Effect on Driver’s License and Insurance
How and When to Respond to a Traffic Ticket
1. How can I respond to a ticket?Plead No Contest and Pay:
Plead Not Guilty:
2. How long do I have to respond to my ticket?
You must respond by the Answer Date on your ticket - the Answer Date is assigned by the police officer who issued the ticket.
3. What will happen if I don’t respond by the deadline?
5. How do I pay for my complaint ticket?There are two ways to pay your ticket:
7. What happens when I plead not guilty?
8. How do I plead Not Guilty?
There are three ways to plead Not Guilty:
9. Will I have to go to court?
Unless you pay the full amount due, you will have to go to court.
10. What should I do when I get to court?
11. What happens if I go to court and am found guilty?
Effect on driver’s license and insurance
12. Will my ticket be reported to the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles?
13. Will I get "points" on my driver's license?
14. Will my insurance company find out about my ticket and raise my insurance premium/rates?
15. Will my license be suspended? How do I get my license reinstated?
16. Will conviction on a ticket affect my Commercial Driver's License?
Maybe. Call 860-263-5720 (DMV-Drivers' Services) for more information about disqualification for commercial drivers' licenses.
17. What if I live out of state?
18. I lost my ticket. What should I do?Call the Centralized Infractions Bureau (CIB) at 860-263-2750 Monday-Friday, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. or e-mail at: Centralized.InfractionsBureau@jud.ct.gov. You need to provide your name and date of birth.