Traffic Violations FAQ

Traffic Definitions

Adjudicated
The case against you has been decided by the court and you were found to have committed the violation.

Admitted
You did not contest or disagree with the violation and you have been found to have committed the violation.

Contested
You disagree with the violation and you want a court hearing or trial.

Defaulted
You either failed to answer the violation timely or you failed to appear in court on your court date. In either case, you have been found to have committed the violation.

Dismissed
The case against you is no longer pending.

Vindicated
The case against you has been decided by the court and you were found not to have committed the violation.

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General Violations

Will my license be suspended if my fine does not get paid on time?
If a fine is not paid within the time allowed, your license or right to operate in Maine will be suspended. Once suspended, you must pay the Violations Bureau the fine for each offense and a late fee of $50 for each offense. In addition, you must then pay the Bureau of Motor Vehicles a reinstatement fee for each offense that resulted in a suspension.

How do I get my license reinstated?
If your license is suspended for failing to pay a fine, you must pay the Violations Bureau the fine for each offense and a late fee of $50 for each offense. In addition, you must then pay the Bureau of Motor Vehicles a reinstatement fee for each offense that resulted in a suspension. Please contact the Bureau of Motor Vehicles at (207) 624-9000 (ext 52100) for confirmation that your license has been restored.

Where can I pay my reinstatement fees?
Reinstatement fees are paid to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles in Augusta or to one of their branch offices. You can visit their website at http://www.maine.gov/sos/bmv to find the locations of their branch offices.

Do you go by the postmark date?
No, you must allow plenty of time for mailing as we go by the date we receive your correspondence.

Can I pay my ticket by credit card?
Your may pay by credit card in any of the following ways:

  1. Online at http://www.paytixx.com;
  2. Over the phone by calling toll-free 1-866-PAY-TIXX (1-866-729-8499); or,
  3. In person at our public window (located at the Violations Bureau, 85 Park Street in Lewiston and open from 9:00 the a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday).

What if my bank has notified me that my check has bounced?
You will be sent a letter giving you 30 days to pay the original check amount plus a $20.00 bounced check fee. Mailed payments must be in the form of a money order, bank check or certified check. Personal checks will not be accepted. You must send your payment to the Violations Bureau, PO Box 480, Lewiston, ME 04243-0480. Alternatively, you may make a credit card payment online at www.paytixx.com or over the telephone at 1-866-PAY-TIXX (1-866-729-8499). You may also pay at our public window with a money order, bank check, certified check, cash or credit card.

Can I pay my ticket online or by telephone if it is contested?
The Violations Bureau must receive a written change of answer from you in order for you to be able to pay by credit card online or by telephone.

What address do you use to send me information?
When you contest a traffic infraction, or when you send in payment for a traffic infraction, you must include your current address. The address you provide will be the address used for correspondence from the Violations Bureau.

You have a duty to provide the Bureau of Motor Vehicles with your address, if it changes, within 30 days of the change. The Violations Bureau will not send your address information to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. For more information please see 29-A M.R.S.A. § 1407.

What if I want a hearing on a violation, but want to pay other violations?
You have 20 calendar days to file a written answer to your ticket with the Violations Bureau. Your ticket may have up to 3 violations. On the back of your ticket, mark the appropriate CONTESTED boxes 1, 2, and/or 3 for each violation on the front of your ticket on which you want a hearing. Then, mark the appropriate NOT CONTESTED boxes 1, 2, and/or 3 for each violation on the front of your ticket you wish to pay. You must sign, date and fill in your current mailing address in the spaces provided. The address you provide will be the one used by the Violations Bureau. The Bureau of Motor Vehicles will not be provided with this address information and will be relying on the address you have provided to them in the past. Mail the answer to the Violations Bureau, PO Box 480, Lewiston, ME 04243-0480. Enclose payment for only the violation(s) you wish to pay.

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Not-Contested Violations

Who do I make my check/money order payable to?
Your check or money order must be made payable in US FUNDS to the Violations Bureau. Please put your ticket number (also known as the Bureau Identification Number) on your payment. The mailing address for the Violations Bureau is: PO Box 480, Lewiston, ME 04243-0480.

How can I pay my ticket?
You may pay your ticket in any of the following ways:

  1. Online at http://www.paytixx.com (requires a credit card);
  2. Over the telephone by calling toll-free at 1-866-PAY-TIXX (1-866-729-8499) (requires a credit card);
  3. By mail using the self-addressed envelope provided with your traffic ticket, or if you did not receive an envelope, or lost it, by mailing to: Violations Bureau, PO Box 480, Lewiston Me 04243-0480 (mail payment must be made using a check or money order payable in US Funds); or,
  4. In person at our public window, located at the Violations Bureau, 85 Park Street in Lewiston and open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (cash, credit card, check or money order are accepted).

How do I fill out the back of my ticket if I want to pay my fine?
You have 20 calendar days to file a written answer to your ticket with the Violations Bureau. Your ticket may have up to 3 violations. On the back of your ticket, mark the appropriate NOT CONTESTED boxes 1, 2 and/or 3 for each violation on the front of your ticket. You MUST sign, date, and fill in your current mailing address in the spaces provided. The address you provide will be the one used by the Violations Bureau. The Bureau of Motor Vehicles will not be provided with this address information and will be relying on the address you have provided to them in the past. Mail your payment to the Violations Bureau, PO Box 480, Lewiston, Maine 04243-0480.

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