Municipal Courts

Paying Your Fine / Payment Options

There are several options available for the payment of tickets/fines. Appearance in court on the date shown on your ticket will be waived if fines are paid prior to that date. Other options are:

  • PAYMENT BY MAIL: Full payment of amount due by check or money order should be made prior to scheduled court date. Mail payment with ticket number written on check to: Municipal Courts, P.O. Box 4996, Houston, TX 77210-4996
  • PAYMENT ONLINE: You can pay your fine online
  • PAYMENT IN PERSON: You may pay your fine in person at the following six convenient locations: (1) the Municipal Courts Building, 1400 Lubbock, 7:00 am - 10:00 pm, Monday through Saturday, and (2) other Satellite locations.
  • PAYMENT BY WESTERN UNION: As shown on the instructions on your ticket, you may wire your payment by Western Union and avoid long lines. Your payment will be applied immediately.
  • PAYMENT BY CREDIT CARD: All fines can now be paid using your MasterCard, Visa, or Discover credit cards. Simply fill out the form attached to your ticket, sign it and return it to the Courts. Or, you can fill out the Credit Card By Mail Form and mail it to the address on the form.

Paying Your Fine

If the payment is not made in full by the Court date, you MUST appear on your scheduled date. The worst thing you can do is not show up. Failure to appear or failure to pay may result in:

  1. A warrant issued for your arrest and
  2. Denial of the renewal of your driver's license and additional costs of $30 per case, or
  3. Denial of the registration or re-registration of any motor vehicle.

The Judge will review your ability to pay the fine and the amount of the total fines. Generally, the Judge will order one of the following:

  • DEFERRED PAYMENT - a reset of the whole amount due on another date.
  • COMMUNITY SERVICE - work in a City department or non-profit agency in lieu of paying the fine.

The Judge will determine which plan is best suited for you. You are the only one that can request this option.

No one else can apply for you; not your attorney, spouse, parent, or friend. A processing fee of $25.00 per case could be added to your fine as required by State Law if you request payment of your fine/cost over a period of time. If the offense was committed September 1, 1999, or after, the $25 fee is collectable only if the entire amount of the fine is not paid by the 30th day after the fine is assessed.  Your failure/refusal to pay your fine could result in:

  1. A warrant issued for your arrest and
  2. Denial of the renewal of your driver's license and additional costs of $30 per case, or
  3. Denial of the registration or re-registration of any motor vehicle.

Notice:
Effective November 2, 2004, courts instituted a 30 percent collection fee on delinquent cases that are referred to a collection agency.

Charge of additional 30% Collection Fee on Delinquent Cases:
The State Legislature passed a bill authorizing the assessment of a 30% collection fee to any case in which a defendant had either failed to pay or failed to appear on or before their court date on all violations processed by the court; traffic, non-traffic and parking cases. All cases are referred to a delinquent collections agency when they have been delinquent for more than 60 days.

Payment of your fine is YOUR legal responsibility.