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Traffic Court

Instructions for Paying Traffic Citations

If you apply for Driving School, DO NOT pay ticket online.

If you have been charged with one of the listed offenses and would like to pay the fine without having to appear in court you can mail the full amount indicated to the address below. NO PERSONAL CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Mail a MONEY ORDER or CASHIER'S CHECK payable to Chris Priest, Circuit Clerk to the address below:

Chris Priest, Circuit Clerk
Traffic Court Division
302 Lee St - P.O. Box 668
Decatur, Alabama 35602

Revised filing fees pursuant to Legislative Act No. 2015-520
Effective November 1, 2015

Misdemeanors

Basic Court Costs $228.00
Criminal History Fee $30.00
Crime Victim’s Fee $25.00
Booking Fee $20.00
  TOTAL $303.00

Conservation cases (Fish and Game)
Court Cost cannot exceed fine in conservation cases

Conservation cases (Fish and Game) – if tried $236.00 if fine exceeds costs
Water Safety Cases $231.00
Water Safety Cases- if tried $281.00

Worthless Check Unit Cases

Docket Fee $228.00
Crime Victim’s Fee $25.00
Criminal History Fee $30.00
District Atty. Fees $350.40
* DA Docket ($177.00)  
* DA Fee  
Bank Service Charge $30.00
Booking Fee $20.00
Solicitors Fee $96.00
  TOTAL $779.40

Miscellaneous Costs

Bond Forfeiture $96.00
Execution on Final Forfeiture $11.00
Notices $12.00
Alias Warrants $34.00
Subpoenas $10.00
Booking Fee $20.00

SCHEDULE OF FINES AND COSTS (TOTAL)
NO PERSONAL OR COMPANY CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED
Payable in the Morgan County District Clerk’s Office

Speeding $222.00
Speeding 25 MPH or more over the limit $242.00
Closed Road $212.00
Crossing Median $232.00
Driving on Wrong Side of Road $232.00
Failure to Dim $212.00
Failure to Stop at Railroad Crossing $212.00
Failure to Use Child Restraint $227.00
Failure to Wear Safety Belt $ 76.00
Failure to Yield to Passing Emergency Vehicle $252.00
Failure to Yield Right of Way $222.00
Failure to Move Over for Parked Emergency Vehicle $222.00
Following too Closely $222.00
Improper Brakes $222.00
Improper Lights $222.00
Improper Muffler $212.00
Improper Parking $222.00
Improper Driving on Roadway $212.00
Improper Passing $222.00
Improper or No Signal $212.00
Improper Tag (switched/no/expired) $227.00
Improper Tires $222.00
Improper Turn $222.00
Improper Use of Divided Highway $232.00
Littering Highway $302.00
No Driver’s License* $277.00
Overweight Vehicle $302.00
Running a Red Light $222.00
Running a Stop Sign $222.00
Shifting Load $302.00
Stopping on Highway $232.00
Violating Driver’s License Restriction of Endorsement $262.00
No Insurance** $402.00

FAILURE TO PAY OR APPEAR MAY RESULT IN A WARRANT FOR YOUR ARREST AND SUSPENSION OF YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE.

*NO DRIVER’S LICENSE INFORMATION:
Present valid driver’s license to Clerk prior to court or on court date, case subject to dismissal without cost per General Order of the Court.

**NO INSURANCE INFORMATION:
VALID INSURANCE AT TIME OF CITATION
Provide proof to the Clerk prior to court or on court date, ticket subject to dismissal without cost per General Order of the Court.

VALID INSURANCE PURCHASED AFTER CITATION
Provide proof to the Clerk prior to court or on court date, $372.00 fine and $172 court cost per General Order of the Court.

COURT APPEARANCE REQUIRED (CANNOT PAY OFF).

  • D.U.I. – Driving Under Influence
  • B.U.I. – Boating Under Influence
  • Driving While License Suspended, Revoked, or Cancelled
  • Reckless Driving
  • Leaving Scene of an Accident
  • Open Container
  • Fleeing or Attempting to Elude
  • Racing on Highway
  • Reasonable & Prudent Speed
  • Passing a Stopped School Bus

PAYMENT INFORMATION: No personal or company checks accepted. Cashier’s check or money order are to be made payable to District Court.

Paying in person – Method of payment accepted: Cash, money order, cashier’s check, VISA or MasterCard (NOTE: Credit card payments incur additional convenience cost).
Please wait 14 days from the date of the citation to ensure that the citation is entered into the traffic system before paying in person at the office location listed.

Paying by mail – Method of payment accepted: Money order or cashier’s check made payable to District Court (please print your name clearly). You do not have to wait 14 days to mail payment. Payments can be received prior to court date. Mail to District Court, P.O. Box 668, Decatur, AL 35602.

Paying through Alabama Traffic Service Center
Call 1-866-954-9399 http://traffic.alacourt.gov/ - Office hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

DRIVING SCHOOL – Possible only on minor* traffic violations.
*Minor traffic violations do not require a court appearance.
Driving school is a possible option for those who have not been to driving school in the past 2 years. If interested in driving school, please come to the clerk’s office before court date or appear in court to receive driving school information.

Driving school is not an option for holders of a commercial driver’s license (by Federal D.O.T. Regulations) – NO EXCEPTIONS.

Please DO NOT CALL the Clerk’s Office to extend payment or change court date. The Clerk has no authority to change dates or extend payments. IT IS NOT the practice of the court to extend court dates or deadlines.