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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.
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:
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.
Citation Processing Center
P.O. Box 55890
Boston, MA 02205-5890
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.
Due to a recent federal court decision (US District Court 14-13042 - Crawford v. Blue et. al.) civil motor vehicle infraction (CMVI) citation recipients will get a refund of the required $25 court hearing request filing fee (MGL Chapter 90C Section 3), if all of the following are true:
If you are found not responsible for all civil violations on an individual citation by the court, you can expect to receive their $25 refund within 90 days of the court’s finding.