You Have Just Received A Traffic Citation

Be sure to read both sides of your traffic citation. It is important to know that you must respond to the court on or before the “Notice to Appear” date shown on the front of the citation. Failure to respond may result in a warrant for your arrest and/or suspension of your driver license and/or other penalties.

  1. The following persons must appear on the “Notice to Appear” date shown on the citation.
    • Persons who were cited for a criminal or criminal traffic offense
    • Persons under the age of 18 (juveniles) must appear with a parent or guardian if cited for a moving violation or criminal/criminal traffic offense
    • Regardless of the charge(s), persons who receive a citation in connection with a traffic accident involving a serious injury or death
  2. If none of the conditions in paragraph 1 apply to you, choose one of the following options in responding to your citation:

  3. OPTION 1: You may admit responsibility to the charge(s) on your citation and pay the Bond/Penalty amount in person or by mail (no personal checks).
    OPTION 2: You may post a bond and request a hearing be scheduled.
    OPTION 3: If you are eligible, you may attend Defensive Driving School.

An individual who commits a civil or criminal traffic violation resulting in death or serious physical injury is not eligible to attend a defensive driving school, except that the court may order the individual to attend a defensive driving school in addition to another sentence imposed by the court on an adjudication or admission of the traffic violation.


To all persons under the age of 18:

If one of your charges is a moving violation, you must appear in court with a parent or legal guardian. If you fail to appear for any court appearance or fail to comply with any court order, the court will direct MVD to suspend you driver license or driving privilege until you have satisfied the court order or until your 18th birthday.

A.R.S. §§ 28-645 OR 28-647

If you are cited for either of these offenses and you are eligible, you may attend Defensive Driving School. If you are not eligible to attend Defensive Driving School, or if you choose not to attend Defensive Driving School and you are convicted of or enter a plea of responsible, the Motor Vehicle Division will send you a notice ordering you to attend and successfully complete Traffic Survival School.

A.R.S. §§ 28-4135 (A),(B),(C)


If you had a valid policy on the date of violation, you may mail a photocopy of the insurance card for a dismissal of the charge(s).

If you did not have a valid policy on the date of violation the court MAY waive or reduce the penalty if you can show proof of BOTH:

  1. A current 6-month policy
  2. A 36-month driving record from the Motor Vehicle Division showing no previous violations of ARS 28-4135 within the last 24 months or one violation of ARS 28-4135 within the last 36 months

If you do not have a current 6-month policy or if you have one or more violations of ARS 28-4135 within the last 24 months or more than one violation within the last 36 months the fine is $977.00 for a first violation and your driver license, registration and license plate of the motor vehicle involved will be suspended for at least 3 months.