A Civil traffic infraction is a non-criminal violation and usually can be disposed of by payment of a civil penalty or election to attend a basic driver improvement course. A court appearance is not required, unless elected by the defendant, except in cases where the violation involves an accident with serious bodily injury or a fatality, violations of leaving a child in a vehicle unattended, going more than 30 miles per hour over the speed limit or littering. Payment can be made by mail or in person at the Clerk’s Office or online at www.myfloridacounty.com. Payments can also be accepted via the MyFloridaCounty Traffic IVR toll-free by dialing (855) 984-1187 on any touch tone phone. To make a payment, callers must provide the driver’s date of birth and driver license number as shown on the citation. The MyFloridaCounty Traffic IVR accepts all major credit and debit cards to pay the full citation amount. Use of the system requires the citation holder to waive the option for traffic school. Customers who use the MyFloridaCounty Traffic IVR or those who pay online will be charged a service fee of 3.5% of the citation amount being paid.
Traffic tickets written for certain driver license, registration, or insurance violations may be dismissed by the Clerk if you file proof that it was valid at the time the citation was issued. A dismissal fee of $10.00 will be charged.
Local Parking Tickets
Any person receiving a local parking ticket shall answer within 10-days of receipt of the ticket by either: paying the civil penalty indicated on the ticket or electing a hearing at the Clerk’s Office. A $5.00 late fee will be assessed if payment on the ticket is not received within 14 days from the date the clerk mails notice of the ticket issuance to the registered owner of the vehicle. Local parking violations are not issued on a Uniform Traffic Citation. Any, unpaid parking violations will be turned over to a collection agency.
Disposing Of a Citation Received in Another County
Tickets must be satisfied in the county in which they were issued. To find a list of websites for Florida Clerk of Courts, refer to Useful Links.
To reinstate your license, you will be required to satisfy any unpaid amounts due plus the required delinquent fee. The Clerk’s Office can assist you in reinstating your license, however if there are other reasons for the suspension you will have to seek assistance at the local driver’s license office.
Civil Infractions May be Satisfied by the Following Means
You may enter a plea of not guilty and request a hearing before the court. You must come into one of our offices within the required time frame. Your case will be scheduled for a court date, and you will be advised when and where to appear. The officer who issued the citation and any other witnesses called by the officer will be present. You may also bring any witnesses you wish to testify on your behalf. If you are found guilty of a civil infraction, the court may assess a fine and court costs, order you to attend a defensive driving course, or impose other penalties. A suspension will be issued against your driver’s license and additional penalties will be imposed if you fail to comply with the court’s order within the specified time period.
The Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles now provides information regarding the eligibility to elect driver improvement school in lieu of points. To access this information visit www.flhsmv.gov then click on Driver License Check under the Driver License heading in the middle of the page. Enter the Driver License number then click enter.
Any person charged with a moving traffic violation is eligible to elect to attend a driver improvement course. You may not elect to take a basic driver improvement course more than five times in your lifetime or more than once in a 12 month period. An election to attend a basic driver improvement course to satisfy the violation will be entered on your driver history records as an “adjudication withheld” and points will not be assessed against your driver’s license. You must make your election and pay the associated fines and costs to attend a driver improvement course in the county in which your ticket was issued. The course election must be chosen prior to paying your citation.
You should contact the Traffic Department in the county in which you received your citation for the current penalty. After you complete and mail your election to the Clerk, contact a basic driver improvement school to arrange your class. You must enroll, attend, and complete the course approved by the DHSMV within 90 calendar days from the date you elected to attend (the date you signed the affidavit). You can refer to the yellow pages of your local telephone directory under “Driving Instruction or Traffic Schools” for names and locations. Or you can access a list of Basic Driver Improvement courses approved by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles here.
Fines and Fees
Payment of Citations
Most citations can be paid online through myfloridacounty.com. There is a service fee of 3.5% to provide this service. The Clerk’s Office also accepts credit/debit cards, Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover. When using a credit or debit card, there is a service fee of 3.5%. We also accept cash, in-state personal checks, cashier’s checks and money orders.
All Civil Traffic Infractions must be paid within 90 days from the date the ticket was issued. After 90 days, if the citation has not been paid, a delinquent fee will be added, your driver’s license will be suspended and you will not be eligible to attend the defensive driving course. Additionally, your account will be turned over to a collection agency and additional fees will be assessed.
Clay County has contracted with a collection agency to attempt to collect all outstanding fees, fines, and costs owed to the Clerk’s Office. After 90 days of the date of the citation, if there is still a balance owing, the account will be forwarded to our collection agency resulting in an additional 40% of the total amount due. The collection agency will contact you to collect this debt.
Red Light Camera Tickets
If you have received a red light camera notice of violation, you will have 60 days in which to pay the violation or request a hearing. Payments made within 60 days of receipt of the violation are made directly to the vendor. If you have any questions during this timeframe, or if you wish to request a hearing, you must contact the vendor directly at the address below.
You may also contact the ticketing agency directly with any questions. If you fail to remit payment within 60 days, the violation will become a Uniform Traffic Citation (UTC) and you will be subject to a higher payment amount. UTC payments can be made in person or mailed to our office. Payments made via credit card are also accepted.
Clay County Clerk of Court
P.O. Box 698
Green Cove Springs, FL 32043
Attn: Traffic Department
904-529-3666 or 904-278-3666
Green Cove Springs Police Department: 904-297-7300
Orange Park Police Department: 904-264-5555
Intersection Safety Program
P.O. Box 22091
Tempe, AZ 85285-2091