Consequences of neglecting a ticket
Failure to pay your fine, show proof of compliance or apply for a Driving Safety Course or Deferred Disposition on or before your Court date or failure to appear by your scheduled Court date and time will result in:
- A warrant issued for your arrest ($50 warrant fee plus additional fees);
- A separate charge of Failure to Appear (FTA) files ($232);
- Denial of Driver’s License issuance or renewal and denial of vehicle registration. To Clear your Driver’s License or registration, you must pay a $30 DPS (Department of Public Safety) notification fee for each case;
- Referral to a collections vendor will result in an additional collection fee of 30% of total fine.
If you miss your scheduled Court date, you may appear at the Public Service Counter, City of Houston Municipal Courts, 1400 Lubbock, Monday – Saturday, 7 AM to 10 P M to pay the fine or post bond to reschedule a new Court date.
Inability to pay the fine is not an excuse for failing to appear. Fine payment arrangements can be made at the time of appearance.