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For information on the amount of your fine or to pay the fine online, click the Inquire on or Pay a Fine link. 

For information about alternatives to fine payment, unusual circumstances, going to court, or general questions, consult our Information and Frequently-Asked Questions below.

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Paying Fines

How much is my fine? What is the amount of my fine? 
How do I pay a fine? 
Where can I go to pay a fine in person?
What will happen if I don't pay the fine?
Can I pay online if I signed an agreement to pay a fine?
What credit cards can I use?
Why doesn't my ticket show up when I inquire?
What should I do if I can't pay the fine before the due date?
Why didn't I receive a late notice? 
What is a convenience fee and why is it added to my fine?

Contesting a Ticket

Why has the amount I owe Increased?
Can I contest a ticket after paying the fine?
Can I contest a payable ticket without going through a trial?
How do I contest a ticket?
Can I contest a ticket through the mail?
What is a Hearing Officer?

Appearing in Court

Why do I have to go to court? Why can't I just pay a fine?
What is my court date? / How am I notified?
Can I get a Public Defender?
How do I apply for a Public Defender?  
What happens if I miss my court appearance?
Can I reschedule a court appearance?
What happens when I go to court?
What kind of sentence will I receive?

Driving Record,
Withdrawal of Your License

If I pay the fine, will the offense go on my driving record?
Why is my Driver's License suspended?
Is my driving record public information?
Will my Driver's License be reinstated as soon as I pay my fine?

Viewing, Sealing, and
Expungement of Records
How can I look up a criminal record?
How can I view the documents in a case record?
My case was dismissed.  Why does it still show up on my criminal record?
How can I get a case expunged from my record?
What should I do if I want to file for expungement, but can't afford the fees?
Can I get a public defender to help me file for expungement?
What is the difference between a sealed case and an expunged case?
Warrants

What do I do if there is a warrant for my arrest?
Why do I have a warrant for my arrest?
What's the difference between bail and bond?
Where can I get a bond?

Towing

I think my car was towed. What do I do?
Why was my car towed?
What is a scofflaw?
What happens if my vehicle is considered a scofflaw?

Unusual Situations

What do I do if I think a parking meter is broken?
What can I do if I can't pay the fine before the due date?
I got a late notice, but I sold the car before the ticket was issued. What should I do?

Parking Violations

What are the rules regarding parking in a Handicap Zone?
What are the rules for Snow Emergencies?
What is a Fire Lane?
Where Can I Find the Parking Ordinances for my City?

No Insurance
No Proof of Insurance

How do I handle a No Insurance or No Proof of Insurance charge?
If I have to show proof of insurance, how do I submit it to the court?
What proof of insurance does the Court accept?
What can I do if I sold my car or got insurance after being ticketed for an insurance violation?
What if I wasn't insured or can't show proof of insurance?

Other Questions

When are the court offices open? What are the hours?
How is the amount of my fine determined?
I'm not sure my ticket was issued in Ramsey County. What cities are in Ramsey County?
What if my ticket was issued outside of Ramsey County?
Can I pay a fine on a ticket issued to an underage person (a juvenile)?
What is the law regarding license plates?

Paying Fines


How much is my fine?  What is the amount of my fine?
The amount of your fine will vary, depending on when it was received, what statutes govern the offense, and the fine schedule.  To find out how much you owe, you must either:
  • Call our office at (651) 266-9202 and input the citation number.  The automated system will tell you the fine amount and any applicable due date.  If you choose, and if you have a valid credit card that you can use, you can continue with the automated system and pay your fine over the telephone (there is a $1.50 charge for this service).
  • Speak with a representative, either at the number above (by pressing zero) or in person at one of our three Fine Payment Locations.
  • Inquire on-line at our Web Payment Home Page.  Again, if you choose, you may pay the fine at this point by clicking the Pay Fine button on the result page.  The web site accepts credit cards or checks.
How do I pay a fine? 
  • On-line* at this website with a credit card or a personal check. You can begin the process by following this link: Web Payment Home Page.
  • By telephone* using a credit card. Call (651)266-9202. Have your credit card and your ticket number with you when you call.
  • In person at one of our three Fine Payment Locations.
  • By mail with a check or a money order: Use the envelope attached to the ticket or mail your payment to Ramsey District Court, Traffic Violations Bureau, 15 W Kellogg Blvd Rm 130, Saint Paul MN 55102-1613. Include the ticket or the ticket number with your payment. Do not mail cash.

*There is a $1.50 fee for using this service that offsets the cost of charges imposed by financial institutions for this kind of payment.

 
Where can I go to pay a fine in person?
To one of our three locations:

 City Hall/Courthouse The St. Paul City Hall Courthouse
15 W Kellogg Blvd, Room 130
Law Enforcement Center Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center
425 Grove St
Map / Driving Directions
(Payment location only; no Hearing Officers available)
Suburban Courthouse The Suburban Branch Office in Maplewood
2050 White Bear Ave

  
What will happen if I don't pay the fine?
For most cases, a late fee of $5.00 is added after 21 days and an additional penalty of up to $50.00 is added to that if the fine is not paid within 45 days. After that, the Court may begin collection efforts.
Specifically, if payment is not received within 21 days, a Late Payment Advisory and Final Demand Notice will be sent by first class mail and your fine will increase by $5.00. If the ticket is not paid by the due date shown on the notice, or you do not appear to contest the violation, a delinquent fee of not more than $50.00 will be added to the fine amount. Past due payable tickets may be referred to a collection agency. Additional collection efforts that may occur include: towing your vehicle or recommending your driver's license be suspended.
If you received an Order to Pay as a result of a sentence handed down by a judge or referee, any suspended portions of the sentence, including jail time, can be imposed. Additionally, a warrant can be issued for your arrest.
 
Can I pay online if I signed an agreement to pay a fine in court or before a Hearing Officer?
Not always.  You can pay online only if you did not appear before a judge or referee.  If you did, you must pay in person or by mail.  If the fine was assessed by the Violations Bureau from a fine schedule or if you appeared before a Hearing Officer only, you can use any of the methods listed above, including paying online. In all cases, keep in mind that your payment must be receipted by the Court on or before the stated due date.
 
What credit cards can I use?
The court accepts Visa and MasterCard.  If you pay on-line, you can also use a check. You will need to provide the bank account and routing number information from your check.
 
 
Why doesn't my ticket show up when I inquire?

This may happen for a number of reasons.  Please review these possibilites and follow the advice that corresponds to what you think is the likliest of them.

  • It may be that the ticket is not yet entered in the database. It can take up to 10 business days. Wait a few days and try again.
  • Your ticket may have been issued in another jurisdiction. Follow this link for information on Courts Outside of Ramsey County.
  • You may have entered incorrect information. Double-check the information and try again.
  • If you are under 18, the charge may be handled in Juvenile Court. Call the Juvenile Court office at (651) 266-5115  for more information.
  • The charge may be entered differently into our database.  The most reliable search criteria are citation number and driver's license number.
  • If any of the charges on the ticket require a court appearance, or if you chose to appear, the case will be in a database not accessible by our online or telephone pay systems. Call (651)266-9202 for instructions.

If you cannot locate the ticket using the advice above within 2 weeks of the violation, call (651)266-9202 for assistance.

What should I do if I can't pay the fine before the due date?

Before the fine is due, you must make special arrangements with the Court to pay your fine at a later date or to pay in installments. Call (651) 266-9202 to set up an appointment with a Hearing Officer

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Why didn't I receive a late notice?
 
For moving violations, a notice is mailed to the address on the ticket. For parking tickets, the notice is mailed to the address of the registered owner. If that information is incorrect, you may not have received the notice. The late fee that was imposed, however, is still due and owing.

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What is a convenience fee and why is it added to my fine?

When paying a fine online or with your telephone, your credit status is checked through our banking system and the money is electronically transferred.  The bank charges the court a fee for this service and the state legislature has authorized the collection of an additional fee to partially defray the costs of paying fines this way.  The money collected is not kept by the court, but is used to pay the bank that provides the service.  Currently, the fee is $1.50.  Payments through the mail or made in person are not assessed this extra fee.

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Contesting a Ticket


Why has the amount I owe increased?

A late penalty of $5 is added 21 days after the ticket enters our system and an additional fee of up to $50 is added 24 days after that.
If you signed an agreement to pay the fine and defaulted on the agreement, the fine will increase by the amount stated on the agreement.

Can I contest a ticket after paying the fine?

No. Paying the fine amounts to an admission of guilt. If you have questions about contesting a ticket, read the "How do I contest a ticket?" section below. 


Can I contest a payable ticket without going through a trial?

Yes. In all cases where the fine is payable (not court-required) and you want to contest your ticket, the first step is to verify that your ticket is on file. To do so, either look up your ticket on our Web Payment Home Page or call the Violations Bureau at (651) 266-9202. Once you have verified this, you must make an appointment to speak with a Hearing Officer.  At the number above, press 0 to make arrangements with a representative.  Violations Bureau Locations 

How do I contest a ticket?

To plead not guilty and set up a trial or to plead guilty and offer an explanation:

  • Look up your ticket on the Web Payment Home Page or call (651) 266-9202 to find out if the ticket has been filed. It may take up to 10 business days for your ticket to be filed with the Court.
  • Once you have confirmed that the ticket has been filed, call (651) 266-9202 (if you are not already on the line).  Press 0 at any time to speak directly with a representative.  Mention that you'd like to make an appointment to see a Hearing Officer.
  • At the agreed-on date, time, and location, tell the cashier that you have an appointment.  Bring any and all paperwork with you as well as a driver's license or personal ID.
  • NOTE: If, at your appointment, you plead not guilty, your trial will be scheduled for a later date.

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Can I contest a ticket through the mail?

No, you must see a Hearing Officer in person. 

What is a Hearing Officer?

A Hearing Officer is someone authorized by the Court to hear what you have to say about your ticket and make a decision about your fine based on your explanation. Hearing Officers also have the authority to dismiss certain offenses under specific circumstances, to make arrangements to pay a fine over time, to authorize special programs, and to accept a plea of Not Guilty and set your case for court. Hearing Officers are available at the St. Paul and Maplewood Court locations, but you must have an appointment.  

Appearing in Court


Why do I have to go to court? Why can't I just pay a fine?
State statues dictate which violations are payable and which ones require a court appearance. The sentence on a court-required charge, if you plead guilty or are found guilty, is up to the judge.
 
 
What is my court date? / How am I notified?

If any of the offenses you are charged with requires a court appearance, the date, time, and location will be mailed to you at the address on the complaint.  This is usually the address you've given the police officer or sheriff at the time you were detained.  It can take some time for the complaint to reach the court offices and be scheduled, especially if you were released pending further investigation.  If, after two weeks, you don't receive notification of your court date, call (651)266-8180 to inquire about the status of your charge and about the court date.
 
 
Can I get a public defender?
 

Only if the charge carries the possibility of jail time and only if you qualify financially.

If you spoke to a Hearing Officer and are scheduled for a Court Trial, you cannot request a public defender on the day of the trial. If you think the charge carries the possibility of jail time and if you think you are otherwise eligible, you must contact the court to appear at an arraignment court where the public defenders are appointed.

If you don't think you qualify for a public defender, but can't afford a private attorney, you may want to talk to Criminal Defense Services, Inc. This is a non-profit organization that provides low-cost legal representation on a sliding scale based on your abilty to pay.
 
 
How do I apply for a Public Defender?
 
If the charge carries the possibility of jail time, you can apply for a public defender when you make your first appearance in court. You will need to fill out a qualification form to determine if you are eligible. Be sure to be on time for your court appearance -- the public defender announcement is made and application forms are provided at the beginning of the court session.
 
 
What happens if I miss my court appearance?
 

There are several things that may happen.

  • An arrest warrant can be ordered
  • You may lose any bail or bond that you posted
  • The charge may be certified to your driving record
  • Your License to drive a motor vehicle may be suspended.
 
Can I reschedule a court appearance?
 

If there is a reason you can't appear at your scheduled court hearing you must either:

  • Contact your attorney if you have one and ask him or her to help you.
  • Contact the court if you don't have an attorney. You must contact the court as soon as you know you can't appear. Depending on the circumstances, a continuance may or may not be granted. There are specific policies about how far in advance you make the request and/or providing proof that you can't appear. The decision may be referred to the prosecutor or to the presiding judge.

For St. Paul cases, call (651) 266-8180

For suburban cases, call (651) 266-1999
 
 
What happens when I go to court?
 
Your first appearance in court is called an arraignment. At this hearing, your charges will be read to you. The judge will ask you if you want to plead guilty or not guilty. If you plead not guilty, a pretrial session will be scheduled for a later date. If you plead guilty, you may be sentenced the same day, or the judge can request that a Pre-Sentence Investigation (PSI) be done to give the judge more information about you before you are sentenced. If the judge requests a PSI, your sentencing date will be set out approximately 6 to 8 weeks. Your release status may be reviewed at the arraignment. If you are in custody, the prosecutor, defense attorney and the judge will discuss what amount of bail should be set for your case.
 
 
What kind of sentence will I receive?
 
By law, every violation has a maximum fine and a maximum amount of jail time associated with it. You will be told what these maximums are at your first appearance in court. The sentence you would receive if you plead guilty or are found guilty is -- within these maximums -- up to the judge who sentences you.
 

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Your Driving Record and Withdrawal of Your License 


If I pay the fine, will the offense go on my driving record?

Yes, provided it is a certifiable offense. Certifiable offenses include, but are not limited to: speeding, defective equipment, improper turns or lane use, and careless driving. Non-certifiable offenses are generally offenses that don't pertain to driving behavior. Examples of non-certifiable offenses are parking tickets, most license plate violations, and passenger in possession of an open bottle. Payment of a fine is considered a plea of guilty.

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Why is my Driver's License suspended?
There may be many reasons your Driver's License is suspended. It may even be revoked or cancelled. The reason for this can be non-payment of fines, too many violations within a given time period, or for conviction of a serious driving offense. Ultimate control over your driving privileges rests not with the court, but with the Department of Vehicle Services. If you have questions about your license or about a suspension, call the Driver and Vehicle Services office:
General Information: 296-6911.
Regarding specific Driver's License Suspensions: 296-2221
Driver and Vehicle Services Website

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Is my driving record public information?

Your driving record as maintained by the Driver and Vehicle Services office is not public information, but your individual offenses are kept in the Court records, and most of the Court records are available to the public.

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Will my Driver's License be reinstated as soon as I pay my fine?
No. Proof of payment must reach the office of Driver and Vehicle Services and they must update their database. You aren't reinstated until Driver and Vehicle Services tells you that you are. You can speed up the process by hand-delivering the proof, but don't drive from the court office to the DVS office.
Additionally, if there are other reasons your license has been withdrawn, you must comply with ALL of the requirements set down by Driver and Vehicle Services before your license is reinstated.

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Viewing, Sealing, and Expungement of Records


How can I look up a criminal record?

Once the case is has been completed, you can find it on the State of Minnesota Judicial Branch Court Records site.  Prior to this, case information is available only at the public terminals at most court locations, including all three Criminal Court locations in Second District Ramsey County. 

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How can I view the documents in a case record?

Document image retrieval is currently available only at public terminals at our court locations.  There is currently an effort to put these documents on the internet.  Completion of this project is scheduled for mid-2011.

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Why is some case information available on the internet and other information isn't?

There are two reasons.  The Supreme Court has ruled that information on a pending, unresolved case cannot be posted on the internet because it can be prejudicial.  In the current climate of automated data-mining, a credit company may collect pre-conviction information on a charge and effectively treat it as a conviction.  Secondly, case information may be restricted by judicial order either to protect the privacy of victims/witnesses or in the general interest of justice.

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My case was dismissed.  Why does it still show up on my criminal record?

Dismissal does not remove a charge from your criminal record.  The charge shows up with a disposition of "dismissed."  For the charge to be removed in its entirety, it would need to be sealed or expunged by the order of a judge.

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How can I get a case expunged from my record?

You or your attorney must make a motion before a judge and persuade the judge that there is a good reason for the charge to be expunged from the record.  Keep in mind that the judge is not required to expunge the case.  He or she may rule in one of three ways:

  • Deny the motion to expunge
  • Grant the motion to expunge for court records only
  • Grant the motion to expunge for all agencies listed on the Affidavit of Service. 

Detailed instructions are available on the Criminal Expungement page of this site or on the Self-Help page of the Minnesota Judicial Branch site.  Keep in mind that the process in the Second District is somewhat different from other districts.  Make certain that you file your motion in the court where the case was filed and follow the guidelines for that jurisdiction. The Second District will only accept filings regarding Ramsey County cases.

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What should I do if I want to file for expungement, but can't afford the fees?

You must file In Forma Pauperis. Your request will be reviewed by a judge, who will determine whether the filing fees may be waived.  Instructions are available on the Fee Waiver page of the Self-Help site.

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Can I get a public defender to help me file for expungement?

No.  Public Defenders are available only in circumstances where jail time is a possibility.  Rare exceptions to this rule have been made, but you may be eligible for help from legal aid offices or volunteer attorneys if you qualify based on low income.

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What is the difference between a sealed case and an expunged case?

A sealed case still exists in the Criminal Record system, but the details of the case are not available to the public.  A case that is expunged is treated as if it had never existed and cannot be discovered during a case or name inquiry in the computer system.  Once a case has been sealed/expunged it cannot be re-opened by court staff without a court order signed by a judge. 

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Warrants


What do I do if there is a warrant for my arrest?

For a warrant relating to a criminal or traffic offense in Ramsey County, you must turn yourself in and let the court determine the conditions of your release.
Turn yourself in at the Law Enforcement Center, 425 Grove Street in St. Paul.  Go to the Jail Entrance (open 24 hours) before 5:00 am. You will be taken into custody, booked, and fingerprinted.
If your warrant allows for your release on your own, (called Own Recognizance or "OR"), you may be released. You may also be released if it calls for a bail or bond to be posted and you can post that bail or bond.
You may be released without bail and given an order to appear on certain conditions spelled out by a court-affiliated agency called Project Remand. This is called a Conditional or "CR to PR' release.
There may also be a combination of bail/bond and CR to PR.
If you are released, you may be handed an appearance notice with a court date. If not, the court will mail the appearance notice to you.
If you're kept in custody, you will be held overnight and will appear in court as soon as it can be arranged.
It is advised that you come prepared to post any bond or bail that is required.

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Why do I have a warrant for my arrest?

There are several reasons why a warrant can be issued. Some of the most common ones are:

  • Failure to appear at a court hearing
  • Violation of the terms of a sentence you received
  • Failure to pay a fine
  • A warrant was filed with the court as part of a criminal complaint

Contact the court at (651)266-8180 for specific information.

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What's the difference between bail and bond?

Bail is money you leave with the court as a guarantee of your future appearances. Once the case is closed, your bail is either returned to you or applied to any fine there might be.
Bond is a guarantee of your appearance offered by a bonding company. The bond is purchased by you or on your behalf from a bonding company and is not refunded or applied to any fines. If you ever fail to appear as directed, the bondsman must pay the entire bail amount to the court, but can collect on any collateral that you put up in exchange for the bond.
Important Reminder: If you fail to appear for any scheduled hearing, your bail or bond may be forfeited to the State. In other words, the State keeps the entire amount. You don't get it back and it doesn't go toward any fines you may owe.

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Where can I get a bond?

The court cannot recommend any particular bonding companies. Bonding companies advertise themselves in several places, including business directories.

Bonding Agents in Minnesota

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Towing 


I think my car was towed. What do I do?

If your vehicle was towed, it would be taken to an impound lot. Call the impound lot to verify that your vehicle is there and for information on how to retrieve it.

  • If your vehicle was towed as a result of a City of St. Paul snow emergency, check the Ticket, Towing, and Storage page on the City of St. Paul web site for information on where it was towed and what to do. 
  • If your vehicle was towed from any location in St. Paul for any situation other than a Snow Emergency, call (651) 266-5642.
  • If you were ticketed and towed in any other city in Ramsey County for any reason, you must contact the police agency for that city to find out where the car was taken. (Note: The Minnesota State Patrol may tow from any location and must be contacted separately.)

Be prepared to tell them your vehicle license plate number.

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Why was my car towed?

There are several reasons a car can be towed. Among them:

  • Your vehicle was on the scofflaw list.
  • You were parked on a snow emergency route during a snow emergency.
  • You were parked on private property.
  • Your vehicle was blocking traffic.

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What is a scofflaw?

A scofflaw is a vehicle that has five or more tickets that have gone unanswered in the time allowed. Information about these vehicles is shared with Law Enforcement agencies.

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What happens if my vehicle is considered a scofflaw?

Your vehicle may be towed and impounded until you pay the towing fee, impound fee, and the unpaid tickets. Keep in mind that vehicles with out-of-state plates can be on the scofflaw list and can be towed.

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Unusual Situations 


What do I do if I think a parking meter is broken?

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.

  • For meters on the U of M St. Paul campus, call (612) 626-7275.
  • For meters in the State Capital area, call (651) 296-6741.
  • For meters anywhere else in Saint Paul, call (651) 266-9776.

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.

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What can I do if I can't pay the fine before the due date?

Before the fine is due, you must make special arrangements with the Court to pay your fine at a later date or to pay in installments. Call (651) 266-9202 to set up an appointment with a Hearing Officer

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I got a late notice, but I sold the car before the ticket was issued. What should I do?

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: 

1) (recommended) On the web at 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...".

2) 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 after you have submitted a Report of Sale, the plates will eventually be suspended and the car may be impounded.

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Parking Violations


What are the rules regarding parking in a Handicap Zone?

Handicap parking zones are enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. To be eligible to park in a handicap zone, a vehicle must display disability license plates, a state-issued permit, or a hangtag. The disabled person must be present in the vehicle as either the driver or a passenger. Disabled persons with valid permits may park at a parking meter free of charge, but must still obey the time limits set forth on the meter. A disability license does not give permission to park in no-park zones or fire lanes.

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What are the rules for Snow Emergencies?

The city of Saint Paul follows a Night Plowing and Day Plowing format for snow emergencies. Specific information about these rules as well as snow emergency announcements are posted on the Snow Emergency Page of the City of St. Paul website. Visit the site or call (651) 266-7569
Other cities in Ramsey County have different rules regarding snow emergencies. Often, the rule is that you must be off all city streets once two inches of snow has fallen. Many cities post their snow emergency rules on their own websites. A list of these sites is available through Ramsey County at:
http://www.state.mn.us > Government > Local Government > City Web Sites
Keep this in mind: The information here is general information. The specific ordinances governing snow emergencies are written by and controlled by the city authorities. It's up to you to know the snow emergency rules for the city in which you live or visit.

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What is a Fire Lane?

A Fire Lane is any area that must remain clear of parked cars so that emergency vehicles can pass through, access building entrances, or utilize firefighting equipment. A Fire Lane can be on a public street or on private property.

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Where Can I Find the Parking Ordinances for my City?

Many cities post their ordinances on their own websites. A list of these sites is available through the State of Minnesota at:
http://www.state.mn.us
Look for Government, the subheading Local Government, then City Web Sites

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No Insurance and No Proof of Insurance 


How do I handle a No Insurance or No Proof of Insurance charge?

If the vehicle you were driving was insured, but you did not have proof of current insurance coverage to present at that time, you must bring or mail proof to the Court within 21 days of the date of the offense that your vehicle was insured. If you were charged with anything else at the same time, you must also answer to those charges.

Please include your citation number when providing information to the Court.

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If I have to show proof of insurance, how do I submit it to the court?
You must bring in your policy identification card that shows coverage of the vehicle you were driving at the time you were ticketed to either the St. Paul Courthouse or the Suburban Court location in Maplewood. Court Locations. You may also mail in your proof of insurance. Use the address listed on your ticket or your notice to pay. Keep in mind that you are still responsible for any additional charges listed on the ticket. Please allow 5 business days for processing.

Before you submit your proof, verify that the ticket is on file in the Court's computer system. You can check using this web site (click here to begin) or call the Violations Bureau at (651) 266-9202.

Please include the citation number when providing information to the Court.

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What proof of insurance does the Court accept?
The ID card must include:
  • the name of the insurance company,
  • policy number,
  • effective dates of coverage,
  • year, make and model of the vehicle covered,
  • the vehicle identification number (VIN), and
  • the agent's name and telephone number.
  • Photo copies are not accepted. Faxes are only accepted directly from the insurance company, not from you or your insurance agent.

Please have your citation with you or know your citation number when providing information to the Court.

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What can I do if I sold my car or got insurance after being ticketed for an insurance violation?
Within 21 days, you must verify that the ticket is on file and, once it is, schedule an appointment to speak with a Hearing Officer.
  • To verify. check our Fine Payment Site (you may inquire on a ticket without paying) or call the Violations Bureau at (651) 266-9202.  Be prepared to enter the ticket number.
  • To shedule an appointment, call our office at (651) 266-9202 and press 0 to speak with a representative.

On the day of your appointment, bring the ticket, your Driver's License or other identification, and proof of current insurance coverage or proof that the vehicle has been sold.

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What if I wasn't insured or can't show proof of insurance?
Within 21 days, you must verify that the ticket is on file and, once it is, schedule an appointment to speak with a Hearing Officer.
  • To verify. check our Fine Payment Site (you may inquire on a ticket without paying) or call the Violations Bureau at (651) 266-9202.  Be prepared to enter the ticket number.
  • To shedule an appointment, call our office at (651) 266-9202 and press 0 to speak with a representative.

If the Hearing Officer is unable to deal with your matter, you will be scheduled for a court appearance.

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Other Questions

When are the court offices open? What are the hours?

The court offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Hearing Officers are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the St. Paul and Maplewood locations (There is no Hearing Officer available at the Law Enforcement Center). The offices are closed on all federal holidays with the exception of Discovery Day in October. If the holiday falls on a weekend, the offices will be closed on the closest Friday or Monday. Additionally, the offices are closed the day after Thanksgiving.

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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.

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I'm not sure my ticket was issued in Ramsey County. What cities are in Ramsey County?
Arden Hills Maplewood Roseville
Falcon Heights     Mounds View Shoreview
Gem Lake New Brighton Vadnais Heights
Lauderdale North Oaks White Bear Lake
Little Canada 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. Click here for a directory of cities and their corresponding court offices.  To pay a fine online for a citation issued in Minnesota, but not in 2nd District Ramsey County, check the State of Minnesota Online Fine Payment page.

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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.

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What is the law regarding license plates?

Minnesota registration law requires that any vehicle parked or operated on public streets must be properly registered and display both front and rear license plates. The tabs must be positioned correctly and attached to the license plates to be valid. License plate frames cannot cover any part of the month or year tabs. License plates must be clean and unobstructed and cannot be covered by clear or colorless material. They must be fastened securely to the front and rear of the vehicle.

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