Report it to the broken meter line immediately. Be sure and note the meter number. It's located on the front of the meter just below the coin slot.
If you received an expired meter ticket, wait 10 days after reporting the broken meter, call the Violations Bureau (651-266-9202), and ask if the meter you reported was broken. Warning: Don't park at a meter if you think it's broken. You can still be ticketed and owe the fine.
I got a late notice, but I sold the car before the ticket was issued. What should I do?
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If you sold the vehicle in question before the date of offense, contact the Minnesota Department of Vehicle Services (DVS) and supply what is known as a Report of Sale. Once you have taken this step, provide the court with documentation obtained from DVS displaying the sale information.
Step One: Notify Driver and Vehicle Services
DVS offers 2 ways of submitting the buyer information:
- (recommended) On the web at http://www.mndriveinfo.org./ Follow the instructions for submitting a Report of Sale. You'll find the instructions in the left-side navigation: under Online Services, click "more...".
- Over the phone at (651) 297-2559. You may either supply the information to an automated attendant any time day or night, or, if you call between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, you may speak with a live agent.
Have all of the following information ready before you call or go online:
- Your drivers license number
- The date of sale
- The drivers license number, name and address of the new owner
- The license plate number of the vehicle
- The last four numbers of the VIN, or Vehicle Identification Number
Step Two: Request a Copy of the vehicle sale information from DVS.
Step Three: Notify the Court
Provide the court with documentation obtained from DVS showing the vehicle sale information. At minimum, this documentation needs to include your name, date of sale, vehicle information including plate number, make, model, and VIN.
Step Four: Contact our office at (651) 266-9202 five business days after providing the documentation to check on the status of your citation(s).
Keep in mind that this process only covers tickets issued in Ramsey County and that tickets issued elsewhere must be handled separately. Submitting a Report of Sale does not transfer the title. This must be done in person by the buyer at a Deputy Registrar's Office. If the buyer does not transfer the title
How is the amount of my fine determined?
Fine amounts are determined by the state whenever the violation is a state statute and by the city when the violation is a city ordinance.
I'm not sure my ticket was issued in Ramsey County. What cities are in Ramsey County?
||White Bear Lake
||North Saint Paul
||White Bear Township
Ramsey County also includes small portions of:
Birchwood, Blaine, Saint Anthony, and Spring Lake Park.
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What if my ticket was issued outside of Ramsey County?
You must contact the court office of the district in which your ticket was issued. Hennepin County (4th District) has it's own fine payment site. If the ticket was in neither Hennepin nor Ramsey County, check the State of Minnesota Online Fine Payment page. If you're unsure, check our Other Court Locations page for a directory of local cities and their corresponding court offices.
Can I pay a fine on a ticket issued to an underage person (a juvenile)?
Yes, under certain conditions. State statutes and Minnesota Rules of Court determine juvenile charges and penalties. Contact the Violations Bureau at (651) 266-9202 to determine what steps must be taken to address the violation. Violations Bureau staff will advise you if the case has been referred to Juvenile Court.
What is the Violations Bureau?
The Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB) is set up to collect the fines associated with parking and traffic offenses and to handle any other matters that go along with them. For your convenience, fines can be paid at the main office or at the Law Enforcement Center (LEC) or Suburban Branch.
If you are charged with a court-required traffic offense, it is handled by the Criminal Court.
Contesting a Payable Ticket
There are two forums for contesting a ticket that is not court-mandatory. If you choose, you may have a trial, but a trial is only appropriate if you deny committing the offense you are charged with or if you feel that the State cannot prove you committed it.
There is a second, more convenient method available to those people who do not deny the offense outright. If you wish to explain certain circumstances about what happened and feel that this explanation should be taken into consideration when determining the amount of the fine, you may speak to a Hearing Officer, who has the authority to reduce a fine. Hearing Officers are available at the Violations Bureau offices in the City Hall Courthouse, or in Maplewood. To speak with a Hearing Officer, call our St. Paul office to set up an appointment. Instructions and phone numbers are available in the FAQ section of this page. Bring your citation and a photo ID with you to your appointment. You should be aware that fine reduction does not assure that the offense will stay off of your driving record. Parking violations, however, never go on your driving record anyway.
In either case, you must speak with a Hearing Officer. If you want to have a trial, the Hearing Officer must determine the nature of your argument and what and when the next hearing should be. If a trial is appropriate, you will receive a notice as to when and where it will be. All trials involve witness testimony and argument by the Plaintiff and Defendant. Unless you qualify for and are appointed a Public Defender (at a separate court appearance), it will be up to you to hire your own attorney or represent yourself at the trial.
Paying a Fine / Inquiring about the amount owed
There are three ways to inquire on the amount of your fine and four ways to pay it.
- In Person. Appear in person at any of the three offices listed at the top of this page.
- By Mail. If you know how much you owe, mail your payment in the envelope that comes with the ticket. Don't mail cash.
- By Telephone. Inquire and/or pay over the telephone. To pay, you will need Visa or Mastercard credit card. Call (651) 266-9202. An automated attendant will take you through the necessary steps. Make sure you have your ticket and your credit card ready when you are asked to key in (on your telephone) your ticket number and credit card number. The automated attendant can tell you the amount of your fine and the day it is due. There is a $1.50 fee for using this service.
- On the Web. Inquire/Pay on-line with a check or credit card. Fine Payment Home Page. There is a $1.50 fee for using this service.
By state law, all fines on court-required offenses are due upon sentencing. This means that, as soon as the judge hands down a sentence in your case, you will be expected to pay any fine in full before you leave the courthouse. If you cannot, you will have to speak with a Hearing Officer. You may be asked to sign an agreement to pay the fine at a later date. The agreement will include specific instructions for payment and the consequences of non-payment. If you don't follow these directions, you may be re-sentenced by the judge who originally sentenced you, or your debt may be referred to a collection agency. It might even be subtracted from your tax refund.
Remember that paying a fine amounts to a plea of guilty to the charge. After you pay a fine, you cannot return to the court and demand a trial.