Appeal your traffic ticket

You must pay or appeal a traffic ticket (civil motor vehicle citation) within 20 days. Here's how to appeal.
You have 20 days to pay or appeal your traffic ticket.

Contact

Registry of Motor Vehicles

Phone

From area codes 339, 617, 781, and 857, or from outside Massachusetts

From all other Massachusetts area codes

For people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing (in Massachusetts)

The Details

What you need

If a state or local police officer issues you a traffic ticket (civil motor vehicle citation), you can pay the fine in full or you can appeal and request a hearing. If you pay your fine in full, you waive your right to a hearing.

If you don’t respond to a ticket within 20 days, you waive your right to a hearing and will be charged late and release fees in addition to your fine. The Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) will send you a letter stating you are in default, and if you do not pay your fine and fees within 30 days of that letter, your driver's license or right to operate a motor vehicle will be suspended.

Fees

Name Fee Unit
Citation/Court Filing Fee $25 each

How to appeal

Wait 10 days after receiving your citation before appealing your ticket online. The RMV needs time to receive and process the citation.

You will need:

  • Citation number
  • Offense/incident date
  • Email address
  • Applicable fee

 

To request a court hearing by mail, sign and date the back of the citation where indicated in the Box 2 area. Keep a copy of the citation for your records.

  • Check off the hearing request/filing fee box on the front of the pre-addressed envelope
  • Write your name and address in the upper left hand corner of the envelope
  • Enclose the citation and a check or money order for $25 payable to MassDOT to pay the court filing fee
  • Be sure to write the citation number and your driver's license number on your payment
  • Apply the correct postage to the mailing envelope
  • Mail to the address shown on the back of the citation:

Citation Processing Center
P.O. Box 55890
Boston, MA 02205-5890

Next steps

Attend your hearing

Once your request has been processed and your court filing fee has been paid, the court will schedule your hearing and will notify you of the date and time of your hearing by mail.

The RMV does not hold these hearings. For more information from the courts about the appeal and hearing process, contact the court.


 

Contact

Phone

From area codes 339, 617, 781, and 857, or from outside Massachusetts

From all other Massachusetts area codes

For people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing (in Massachusetts)

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