Civil Traffic Offenses

Civil traffic violations include, but are not limited to:

  • Speeding
  • Failure to provide proof of registration
  • No valid driver’s license• no insurance
  • Failure to obey a traffic control device
  • If you received a parking violation, you may pay the fine online or at the court.
  • If your vehicle was towed, contact the Police Department

What to do when you receive a civil traffic ticket

When you receive a citation that contains a civil traffic offense only, you have several options:

IMPORTANT NOTICE: A.R.S. 28-645A3A – Red Light Violation or A.R.S. 28-647.1 – Flashing Red Stop Signal

Persons found responsible, or entering a plea of responsible, will be ordered by the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) to attend and successfully complete Traffic Survival School (TSS). If you are eligible for defensive driving school and complete the class, the violation will be dismissed and you will not be subject to the requirement to attend a TSS class by the MVD.

Attend Defensive Driving School

If a charge on your complaint is marked as civil traffic, and you are eligible to attend a class, that charge will be dismissed upon completion. No points will be placed on your driving record. You will pay a registration fee to attend.

Pay the Fine

Waive your right to a hearing, enter a plea of responsible and pay the sanction. You do not have to appear in court.

You must appear on your court date if you were cited for 28-701.02 (A1, A2 or A3)

  • By Mail:  10100 N. 83rd Avenue,  Peoria, AZ 85345
  • By Phone: MasterCard, VISA, American Express and Discover credit/debit card payments are accepted by phone at 855-581-2433.  Note: A service fee will be charged for all debit/credit card transactions.
  • In Person: Court Hours: Monday – Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or use the payment drop box located near the court entrance. 
  • Pay Online: Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover Card are accepted for online payments at Peoria Municipal Court Online Payment Portal.

Request a Hearing

You may request a Hearing on the Civil Traffic Charges. The hearing date will be set approximately 30 days from the date of request. You may bring witnesses and present your case before a judge. On the charges for which a hearing is requested, you give up the option of attending a defensive driving class.

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City Code Offenses

Browse the Peoria City Code

Pay the Fine

Waive your right to a hearing, enter a plea of responsible and pay the sanction. You do not have to appear in court.

By Mail: 10100 N 83rd Ave. Peoria, AZ 85345
In Person: Court Hours: Monday – Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or use the payment drop box located near the court entrance.

Request a Hearing

You may request a Hearing on the City Code Charges. The hearing date will be set approximately 30 days from the date of request. You may bring witnesses and present your case before a judge. On the charges for which a hearing is requested, you give up the option of attending a defensive driving class.

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Criminal Offenses

If you have been cited for a criminal misdemeanor offense, you must appear at the Peoria City Court on the designated court date and time. At a criminal arraignment, you are advised of the charges pending against you. If you plead guilty or are found guilty, all fines assessed are due on the same day.  

If you choose to plead not guilty, the Court will set a pretrial conference where you will have the opportunity to talk with a City Prosecutor to discuss possible plea negotiations. Be aware that the City Prosecutor is not your attorney and he/she is prohibited from providing you legal advice on how your case should be handled. 

An arraignment is a court appearance in which you are formally notified of the charges that have been filed against you. There are basically three options:

  1. Plead guilty or no contest to the judge. The judge may pronounce the sentence at that time or schedule sentencing for another day.
  2. Plead not guilty and get a new court date for a pretrial conference.
  3. You may enter into a diversion agreement, if eligible. Diversion means that the State will agree to suspend prosecution for a set period of time and the charge(s) may be dismissed if the diversion requirements are successfully met.

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Juvenile Civil Traffic Offenders 

A juvenile is considered to be any individual who is under the age of 18 years.  All juvenile civil traffic violations are treated in the same manner with the same penalties as an adult civil traffic violation.  A parent or legal guardian must be present at all court appearances.

If a juvenile fails to appear, or fails to comply with any court order, the Court will direct the Arizona Motor Vehicle Department to suspend the juvenile's driver's license.

Juvenile Criminal Offenses are filed by the Police Department in the Juvenile Division of the Superior Court.

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Proof of Corrections for Mechanical, Registration, License, and Insurance Violations

If you were cited with a charge and the accompanying fine can be reduced, suspended, or dismissed with proper proof of correction, it will be necessary for you to mail or bring in the proof. Contact the Court for assistance with determining the amount of the reduced fine.

Drivers License Violations

If the charge is for failure to provide or carry a valid driver's license, the fine can be suspended by providing a valid driver's license.

Equipment Violations

Proof of correction of an equipment or mechanical violation may reduce the fine if receipts of repair or purchase are provided to the court.

Insurance Violations

If you provide proof to the Court showing that the vehicle involved was insured on the date and time the complaint was issued, the charge will be dismissed.

If you are found in violation of A.R.S. § 28-4135(A), (B) or (C), the Motor Vehicle Department (MVD) will administratively suspend your driving privileges and the registration of the vehicle being driven at the time of the violation. 

The statute also allows the court to reduce or waive the penalty imposed for a violation of A.R.S. § 28-4135 B &C if the person provides proof of both the following items:   

  • The defendant (driver) has not been found responsible of a violation of A.R.S. § 28-4135 within the past 24 months OR has not had more than one violation of A.R.S. § 28-4135 within the past 36 months as evidenced by the person's driving record.
  • The defendant has purchased a six month policy of insurance that meets the requirements of A.R.S. § 28-4009.

The statute allows the court to:

  • Waive the monetary penalty
  • Waive only the driver’s license suspension
  • Waive only the registration suspension
  • Waive both the driver’s license suspension and registration suspension
  • Impose a lower monetary penalty, or any combination of the items listed here

To determine eligibility and for any other questions regarding suspension, defendants should contact MVD at:

Online: http://www.azdot.gov/MVD/index.asp
Phoenix: (602) 255-0072
Tucson: (520) 629-9808
TTD Systems Only: Phoenix (602) 712-3222 | Elsewhere in Arizona 1-800-251-5866

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Children Are Priceless Passengers (CAPP) Program
The CAPP program is a partnership between Sun Health Del E. Webb Hospital, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, police departments, and municipal/justice courts designed to educate families.
CAPP Educational Topics

  • Injury prevention
  • Crash dynamics
  • Types of restraints for children
  • Installation of child safety seats

Class is taught by certified child passenger safety technicians. The classes are open to the public and cited drivers with the opportunity to receive a child safety seat upon completion of class. Proof of successful completion of the CAPP program will result in suspension of any fines resulting from a citation for not using a child safety seat. Also refer to the bond schedule for more information.
 
For more information about CAPP, visit the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety page or call 602-255-3216.

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Important Information - What Does the Law Say?

A.R.S. 28-907A-CHILD PASSENGER RESTRAINT - To reduce the fine to $0, please mail a purchase receipt for a child passenger restraint system after date and time citation was issued or complete a Children Are Priceless Passengers class and charge shall be dismissed upon proof of completion.

A.R.S. 28-2153A - NO PROOF OF REGISTRATION - To reduce the fine, mail or fax proof of current AZ registration. Send check/money order before your court date unless other arrangements have been made.

A.R.S. 28-3169A - NO DRIVER LICENSE IN POSSESSION - Mail or present valid proof of current driver license to have the fine reduced to $0.
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