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- NEW! Saturday appointments now available the second Saturday of each month from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Hennepin County Public Safety Facility in downtown Minneapolis. Call (612)348-2040 for an appointment. » Learn more...
- Did you pay to park at an electronic parking meter and you still got a ticket? » Learn more...
- Effective June 29, 2012: Any delinquent court or citation fine that has been referred to the MN Department of Revenue (DOR) for collection must be paid directly to the DOR and cannot be paid at any Hennepin County District Court location. Read Paying a Fine in Collection.
- Effective July 1, 2009: Citations issued with multiple charges and an offense date of July 1, 2009 or later will be assessed one "surcharge" per incident. If you have received a multi-charge citation, read more about Fine Amounts on our website.
Types of Tickets & Fines
Many types of citations (tickets) and fines issued in cities in Hennepin County are processed at Hennepin County District Court, including: parking , traffic, criminal, municipal ordinance, boating, and Department of Natural Resources (game and fish).
A "payable" citation is one that does NOT require a court appearance, and payments are made to the court office called Violations Bureau. View Payment Options.
Some citations are called “administrative" and are not payable to the court, but rather must be settled with the city government where they were issued. If the words "District Court" or "Violations Bureau" do NOT appear on the ticket, it is probably an "administrative" ticket. Carefully read the front and back of the ticket to see how and where you can pay or contest the ticket. MN Statutes § 169.999 allows local governments to issue administrative tickets in certain situations.
“Court-required” citations are those that require the person who got the ticket to appear in court at a specific date and time. If you got a citation that says “court required,” the court will send you a “Notice to Appear” to the address currently listed on your driver's license or ID, or to the address you gave to the court during the case. You must appear at the hearing or a warrant may be issued for your arrest. Call (612)348-2040 if you need to change the hearing date. NOTE: If the court ordered you to pay a "fine," you cannot pay it online. You must pay court fines by mail or in person. View Payment Options for details.
“Not Guilty” or Cannot Afford to Pay a Ticket
You can meet with a hearing officer about a ticket if you believe that you are not guilty of the charge(s)or you cannot afford the fine. A hearing officer can explain possible options for settling a citation besides pleading guilty or paying the fine. In some cases, they can reduce or dismiss the charges, or give you other options to do community service rather than pay money. Approximately 90% of people who meet with a hearing officer settle their case. If your case does not settle with a hearing officer, it may get scheduled for a court hearing.
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