Jefferson County, Alabama

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The Alabama State Court System - Jefferson County Traffic Court

Instructions for Paying Traffic Fines in the Birmingham Division of Jefferson County

A traffic citation has been issued for you to appear before the Jefferson County, Birmingham Division, District Court.  If you desire a Court Hearing, you must appear on the Court date and time shown on your citation.  The Court date on your copy of the ticket is NOT A TRIAL DATE. If you desire to plead NOT GUILTY and want a TRIAL, you must appear in court on your court date to request a separate TRIAL DATE.  To obtain the amount of your fine and costs, contact the Clerk of Court at (205) 325-5309.  If you wish to avoid a court appearance and enter a plea of guilty, sign the Defendant's plea of guilty on the back of your copy of the ticket and attach your money or cashier's check (NO PERSONAL CHECKS) for the amount of the fine and costs indicated and mail to:

ANNE-MARIE ADAMS, Clerk
District Criminal Court
207 Mel Bailey Criminal Justice Center
801 Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203


FOR QUESTIONS OR PAYMENTS PLEASE CONTACT THE ALABAMA TRAFFIC SAFETY CENTER AT http://traffic.alacourt.gov/ OR CALL TOLL FREE (866) 954-9399.  CASES MAY BE PAID WITH CREDIT CARD BY CALLING (877)252-7294.  PAYMENTS MUST REACH THE CLERK’S OFFICE BEFORE YOUR COURT DATE.


If you fail to pay or otherwise dispose of your case prior to the court date and fail to appear on your court date, a warrant may be issued for your arrest, your driver's license may be suspended by the Department of Public Safety, the fine may be increased, and any bond posted may be forfeited.


Traffic violations NOT listed below cannot be paid without a court appearance.  The following are charges that may be paid without a court appearance:

Speeding (85 mph and below)*
Speeding (86-89) mph* 
Speeding (90 to 99)*
Driving on the wrong side of the road*
Failure to stop at R. R. Crossing
Failure to yield Right of Way*
Following too closely*
Improper backing*
Improper passing*
Improper signal*
Improper turn*
Improper lane change*
Stopping on highway*
Driving without a license (Does not include Driving while Revoked, Cancelled, or Suspended)
Failure to dim Headlights
Failure to use Safety Belt
Failure to use Child Restraint
Improper brakes
Improper muffler
Improper or no rearview mirror
Improper tag
Improper tires
Improper window tinting or remove and show proof
No helmet (motorcycle)
Violating Driver License Restrictions
No Insurance

*Driving School Option - If you are charged with an offense indicated with an asterisk (*), you may apply to have your case dismissed upon completion of Defensive Driving School and paying of court costs.  See below for application information.

Current as of July 31, 2012.

Traffic violations not listed above may not be paid without appearing in court.  Fine and Court Costs may be greater if not paid before the court date.


FOR QUESTIONS AND PAYMENT PLEASE CONTACT THE ALABAMA TRAFFIC SERVICE CENTER AT https://traffic.alacourt.gov/ OR CALL TOLL FREE (866) 954-9399.  CASES MAY BE PAID WITH CREDIT CARD BY CALLING TOLL FREE (877) 252-7294.  PAYMENT MUST REACH THE CLERK'S OFFICE BEFORE YOUR COURT DATE.

Defensive Driving School Options

If you are charged with an offense indicated with an asterisk (*) in the chart above, you may be eligible to have your case dismissed upon completion of a Defensive Driving course and payment of court costs.  This will allow you to avoid a court appearance and will prevent the accrual of points assessed against your Alabama Driver’s License as a result of this offense.  To qualify you must:

  1. Be charged with an offense eligible for Driving School.
  2. Have not received a moving violation in the past three (3) years.
  3. Have not been arrested for DUI.
  4. Do not currently have a CDL, and
  5. Be approved for Driving School by the District Attorney.

To determine your eligibility for Driving School, you must contact the Jefferson County, Birmingham Division, District Attorney's Office Traffic Unit within 14 days of receiving a citation.  To expedite the process, send an email to and be sure to include:

If you do not have an email account, you may call the Jefferson County, Birmingham Division, District Attorney's Office Traffic Unit at (205) 325-5871.

If you are approved for Defensive Driving School, your case may be dismissed upon payment of court costs after your completion of the course.  If you are NOT eligible for driving school, you may still avoid a court appearance by following the instructions above.

Payment and certificate must be received in the clerk's office before the court appearance to dispose of the case.  Payment or certificate will not be accepted without the other.

If you are not eligible for driving school, you may still avoid a court appearance by following the instructions at the top of this page for paying your ticket.

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Processing of No-Insurance Tickets

If you have been charged with No Proof of Insurance and you had liability insurance covering the vehicle driven at the time the ticket was written, you may avoid a court appearance and have your case dismissed.  Bring or mail one copy of the original proof of insurance, VALID BEFORE THE DATE OF CITATION, with a copy of your ticket to the address listed below.

IF YOU DID NOT HAVE INSURANCE, YOU MAY CONTACT THE CLERK OF COURT AT (205) 325-5309 FOR THE AMOUNT OF YOUR FINE AND COSTS, THEN SUBMIT A MONEY ORDER OR CASHIER'S CHECK (NO PERSONAL CHECKS) FOR THE FULL AMOUNT AND MAIL IT TO THE ADDRESS LISTED BELOW BEFORE THE COURT DATE. OTHERWISE, YOU MUST APPEAR IN COURT.

Processing of No State Driver’s License Tickets

If you have been charged with No State Driver s License and you had a valid issued license at the time the ticket was written, you may avoid a court appearance and have your case dismissed.  Bring or mail one copy of the original State Driver’s License, VALID BEFORE THE DATE OF THE CITATION, with a copy of your ticket to the address listed below.

IF YOU DID NOT HAVE A VALID STATE DRIVER’S LICENSE, OR HAVE NOT HAD YOUR CASE DISMISSED AS DESCRIBED ABOVE, YOU MUST APPEAR IN COURT.

ANNE-MARIE ADAMS, Clerk
District Criminal Court
207 Mel Bailey Criminal Justice Center
801 Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203

PAYMENT SHOULD BE MADE BY CASH, CASHIER'S CHECK OR MONEY ORDER.  NO PERSONAL CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

If the case is not concluded by the court date, the Defendant must appear in court.  If the Defendant did not have liability insurance covering the vehicle driven at the time the ticket was written, the Defendant must appear in court.  No exceptions!

Court appearance is required on the assigned court date if Defendant desires a trial.  Court appearance is required if the Defendant did not have liability insurance specifically covering the vehicle driven at the time the ticket was written.

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Payment Information

NO PERSONAL CHECKS.  Personal checks will be returned, causing a delay and late charges to be assessed.  Your signed plea of guilty and payment must reach the Clerk's office before your court date.  If it does not, a warrant may be issued for your arrest and your driver's license may be suspended by the Department of Public Safety, all without further notice to you.

For questions or payment please contact the Alabama Traffic Service Center at http://traffic.alacourt.gov/ or by calling toll free (866) 954-9399.  Cases may be paid with a credit or debit card by calling (877) 252-7294, or online via AlaPay.com.

Helpful Information

To avoid further court appearances, Defendant should bring to court all relevant documents at the first court appearance.  For example, if the Defendant did not have insurance at the time the ticket was written, but has obtained insurance, proof of the new insurance may result in a lower fine.  Also, if the Defendant had insurance coverage on another vehicle and the vehicle driven at the time of citation was newly purchased, the Defendant may bring proof of insurance on the other vehicle, proof of purchase of the newly purchased vehicle described in the ticket and a statement from the insurance provider that the newly purchased vehicle was covered at the time of citation, although the Defendant had not received the insurance card.

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