Traffic Fines

Due Date


Read both sides of the citation you received. The due date on the front is important.

Failure to respond by the due date will result in additional costs, in addition to the possible issuance of an arrest warrant and/or suspension of your driver’s license. 

ALL CIVIL INFRACTIONS may be paid on or before the due date, in person, web, or by mail. This date is NOT the date you must be in court or see the judge. If you wish to contest the ticket and request a hearing, you MUST do so before the due date (14 days) either by phone, mail, or in person.

All Misdemeanor tickets, other than the exceptions noted below, must be resolved by appearing on the date and time indicated on the ticket.

Payment


Checks must be in U.S. funds, drawn on a U.S. bank, payable to the 44th District Court. No personal checks accepted if the driver’s license is suspended. You may pay online through CLEMIS the first 14 days. You will need your last name as it appears on the ticket and the ticket number.

After 14 days CLEMIS is no longer available. However, you can pay using GovPayNet
by calling 888-604-7888 or online. The court’s pay location code is 3031. This is critical for proper payment. There is a service charge for each method.

Violations & Fines

Violation Description
Fines & Costs
Points
1-5 miles per hour (mph) over speed limit
$130 2
6-10 mph over speed limit
$135 2
11-15 mph over speed limit
$170 3
Speeding in School Zone
$45 additional
NA
Blockading / Impeding Traffic
$175 0
Violation of Barricade
$130 2
Careless Driving
$240 3
Disobey Stop Sign, Traffic Signal
$150 3
Failure to Signal
$130 2
Failure to Change Address
$130 0
Failure to Stop - Assured Clear Distance
$150 2
Failure to Yield Right of Way
$135 2
Following Too Closely
$150 2
Improper Turn
$130 2
No Seat Belt
$65 0
No Child Restraint
$200 0
Expired Plate
$130 0
Unsafe Start / Sudden Acceleration
$175 0
Texting While Driving - First Offense
$220 0
Texting While Driving - Second Offense
$330 0
Reckless Driving
Court Only
0
Defective Equipment
See Below
0
No Proof of Insurance
See Below 0
No Proof of Registration
See Below 0
No Operator's License in Possession
See Below 0

Fees


A late fee of $45 is assessed if not paid by the due date.

If an accident is involved, an additional $45 is assessed.

If in a construction zone, fines are doubled.


The following offenses are misdemeanors and have exceptions to the mandatory appearance requirement.  


Note:  Upon suspension of your driver’s license the full amount of the violation will be due.


Defective Equipment


  • If an officer certifies on your copy of the ticket that the violation has been corrected and your copy of the ticket is presented to the court on or before the due date, the ticket will be waived.
  • If an officer certifies on your copy of the ticket that the violation has been corrected, and your copy of the ticket is presented to the court after the due date
    , then a $45 late charge will be assessed.
  • If the violation has not been corrected by the due date
    , then fines and costs will total $130 plus a late charge of $45.

No Proof of Insurance


  • If your vehicle was covered with insurance at the time the ticket was issued and you can prove it, and your proof is presented to the court by the due date
    , then the fines and costs will be $25.
  • If your vehicle was covered with insurance at the time the ticket was issued and you can prove it, and your proof is presented to the court after the due date, the fines and costs will be $70.
  • You MUST present the proof of insurance card from your insurance copy for the fine to be reduced.  Phone copies are not accepted because of financial auditing requirements.

No Proof of Registration


  • If you have a valid certificate of registration on the date the ticket was issued and it is presented to the court by the due date, the ticket will be waived.  You MUST present the actual certificate of registration for the fine to be waived.  Phone copies are not accepted because of financial auditing requirement.
  • If you do not have a valid certificate of registration on the date the ticket was issued, but obtain one and it is presented to the court by the due date
    , then the fines and costs will be $50.
  • If you do not have a valid certificate of registration on the date the ticket was issued, but obtain one and it is presented to the court after the due date
    the fines and costs will be $95 (includes late fee).
  • If you do not have a valid certificate of registration by the due date
    , then fines and costs will be $130 (not including any late fees).

Failed to Display Valid Operator’s License


  • If you have a valid license on the date the ticket was issued and it is presented to the court by the due date
    , the ticket will be waived.
  • If you did not have a valid license on the date the ticket was issued, but one is presented to the court by the due date
    , you will have the option to plead to the amended charge of impeding traffic, the fines and costs will be $175. Otherwise you must be arraigned on the original charge.

This schedule is subject to change without notice. The schedule of fines and costs cover the most frequent violations, and applies to payments accepted on or before the due date, but does not necessarily apply to cases heard in court.

Make all checks payable to the 44th district court.

44th District Court
400 East Eleven Mile Road
Royal Oak, Michigan 48067
Phone: 248-246-3600

Court Hours
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. weekdays, except holidays.