How do you pay a traffic ticket in Ontario?
In Ontario, the police issue charges as either traditional “tickets”, that have a fine right on them, OR as a summons to court. The difference is that tickets with the fine on them are generally less serious. These will be offences like speeding or stop sign violations. These can be paid right away if you decide not to fight it.
The options for paying these tickets are:
- Online – using a site like paytickets.ca or a court-specific website. (Check Ticket Lookup for more info)
- Phone – All courts offer the ability to pay your fine over the phone. This generally requires a credit card.
- Mail – There are instructions on the ticket for payment by mail. This would usually involve sending a cheque by regular mail. Be sure to check that the court receives it to avoid further issues or possible licence suspension.
- In-Person – You can physically attend the court that the ticket is linked to and pay your ticket during their normal business hours.
We recommend using the Online Ticket Lookup to either inquire into the status of your ticket or find out about additional payment options for your specific ticket.
A summons is generally going to be more serious. They are used for offences like Stunt Driving or Driving While Suspended. A summons will require you (or your legal representative) to attend court on a specific date to respond to the charge against you. There is no option to simply pay this ticket ahead of the summons date. The fine on these charges normally has a range, which can be thousands of dollars, so the exact details are not yet determined.
SHOULD you pay your traffic ticket?
Paying your ticket is the same as pleading guilty to the charge. You should very carefully consider this reality before quickly paying your fine. It is very difficult (and sometimes impossible) to undo. We get calls every week from people who pay their ticket only hours or days after they receive it, and later decide that they want to fight it after discovering the implications of it. This makes fighting the ticket considerably more complicated.
Nearly all types of tickets will have serious penalties associated with it. These can range from demerit (or CVOR) points, large fines, insurance rate increases, licence suspensions, even a jail term. It is often a mistake to take a ticket lightly and assume it will not have an impact on you. Don’t wait until after it is too late. Find out what the penalties are and what options you have to avoid them.
Even when you think you are guilty of the offence, it is often still worthwhile to fight the ticket. The court system is designed in a way that allows people to seek leniency on charges, and sometimes have tickets dropped entirely.
Ticket Shield offers FREE Consultations and Quotes
We are happy to provide you with a free consultation and quote for your traffic ticket. There is absolutely no obligation to hire us afterward. We provide quotes and free consultations to many people every day. By contacting us about your ticket, we will be able to make sure you fully understand the consequences of your ticket and go over your options. If after contacting us you decide you pay your ticket, you will be doing so with a complete understanding of what that means and what your options were.
You can contact Ticket Shield either by phone at 1-855-561-3699, through the website: here, or by texting us at 289-272-1957. You can normally expect a prompt (same business day) reply.
We generally use flat fees and would be happy to provide you with a quote for our services. This means you will have all of the information in advance and there will not be any worrying about any unexpected extra fees or expenses. We would encourage you to check out our How It Works page for more information about the process of hiring us if you are interested.
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