Traffic and Misdemeanor

Overview


The Traffic and Misdemeanor Division is responsible for processing the following types of cases: Misdemeanor, Municipal Ordinance, County Ordinance, Traffic, Smoking, Fish and Wildlife, Tri-Rail and Boating.

A Criminal Traffic or Misdemeanor charge requires a court appearance.

Municipal Ordinance and County Ordinances require a court appearance.

A Civil Traffic Infraction is a non-criminal charge that can usually be disposed of by payment of a civil penalty or an election to attend a basic driver improvement course. A court appearance is not required, except in cases where the violation involves an accident with serious bodily injury or fatality. Within 30 calendar days from the date you received your citation, you must comply by selecting one of the following options:

Pay Fines and Fees in Full


When you elect this option, it is considered a conviction and points may be assessed to your driver license. You will not be allowed to elect the driving school option at a later date.

Civil traffic infractions must be paid within 30 calendar days from the date the citation was issued. Failure to pay may result in Driver License suspension and late fees and reinstatement fees may be assessed.

Elect Driving School


No points are assessed against your Driver License if you attend a driver improvement school. However, failure to attend the school or pay the fine will result in suspension of your license or late fees being assessed.

Request Court Hearing


A Criminal Traffic, Misdemeanor, Municipal Ordinance or County Ordinance charge requires a court appearance.

If you choose to contest a Civil Traffic Infraction ticket, you must make your request for a hearing in writing to the Clerk within 30 calendar days of the date of the citation. You will be notified of your court date.

Types of Violations


If you have recently received a ticket for a violation, please review the information provided to determine which option applies to you.

Frequently Asked Questions



Contact Information

  • Correspondence Address:
  • Brenda D. Forman, Clerk of Courts
    P. O. Box 14610
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33302-4610

  • Correspondence Phone Numbers:
  •  954-831-6565 - (option 1)
  •  954-831-5600 - Attorneys
  • Central Courthouse
    Judicial Complex, West Building
    (Traffic Central)

  • 201 S.E. 6th Street
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
     Directions To This Location

  • 1st Floor, Room: 01130

  •  954-831-6565 - (option 1)

  • Monday - Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Excluding Holidays
  • North Regional Courthouse
    Courthouse
    (Traffic North)

  • 1600 West Hillsboro Boulevard
    Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
     Directions To This Location

  • Room: 181

  •  954-831-6565 - (option 1)

  • Monday - Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Excluding Holidays
  • South Regional Courthouse
    Courthouse
    (Traffic South)

  • 3550 Hollywood Boulevard
    Hollywood, FL 33021
     Directions To This Location

  • Room: 200

  •  954-831-6565 - (option 1)

  • Monday - Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Excluding Holidays
  • West Regional Courthouse
    Courthouse
    (Traffic West)

  • 100 North Pine Island Road
    Plantation, FL 33324
     Directions To This Location

  • Room: 110

  •  954-831-6565 - (option 1)

  • Monday - Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Excluding Holidays