I am often asked how to pay for tickets received in New Orleans, Louisiana. Tickets issued by the State Police or New Orleans Police Department are heard before the judges in New Orleans, Louisiana at the New Orleans Municipal and Traffic Court. After referring many people to the clerk’s office for the answer, I finally called myself. Here are your choices:
According to New Orleans Traffic Court, there are four options for payment:
You can go to the New Orleans Traffic Court. Their address is 727 S. Broad Street in New Orleans, Louisiana 70119. You can pay with cash, money order, Visa, MasterCard or Discover. No personal checks are accepted. Please also note that if your driver’s license was confiscated, it will be returned to you by mail after full payment for your traffic citation, including any late fees, have been received by the New Orleans Traffic Court. They can be reached by phone at (504) 658-8500 (but I rarely get any one on the phone at traffic court!).
You can mail a money order the New Orleans Traffic Court to make your payment. No cash, personal checks or credit cards can be used as payment by mail. The money order should be made payable to the “City of New Orleans” and include your ticket number, name, address and phone number. You must also postmark your letter on or before the appearance date written on the front of your traffic ticket. If it is late, you’re going to have to include an additional $100 contempt fee in order for your case to be completed and changed from “open” to “closed.”
The mailing address for Traffic Court is:
New Orleans Traffic Court
727 South Broad Street
New Orleans, LA 70119
I recommend mailing the check with some kind of tracking number so you have proof the check arrived at the New Orleans Traffic Court.
You can pay tickets for online at: https://traffic.nola.gov/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2f
Online payments for tickets in New Orleans require you to have your ticket number. In New Orleans, the ticket number is written twice on the ticket and it starts with a letter followed by 6 or 7 numbers. There is a processing fee associated with online payments.
New Orleans traffic court does not accept payment over the phone.
Always remember to include your ticket number or case number on your check. The ticket number or case number are the best ways for the Clerk’s Office to know which ticket to apply your payment to.
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