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I got a ticket today in Queens, NY for disobeying stopping (stop sign) but I don't see a penalty amount on the ticket. What do I do? Sign & return ticket? How do I find out how much I have to pay?


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Most tickets issued nowadays do not list the fine or penalties on them since the ticket books many law enforcement officers use allows them to write many types of citations and thus the list of penalties and fines would be too long to list on the ticket itself in many cases.

Normally when you are given a traffic ticket there is a number to call, usually for a clerk of the court, listed somewhere on the ticket. When the court is contacted they can give you information regarding how to take care of your ticket plus advise you of your fine amount and any other penalties that may apply.

In New York if you fail to obey a traffic signal, a stop sign or a yield sign and receive a traffic ticket for the violation, it is 3 points on your license. The NYS DMV states one should follow the instructions on the traffic ticket, or contact the traffic court or Traffic Violations Bureau listed on the ticket for information on how to take care of the citation. You must respond to the ticket to prevent a suspension of your driver license or driving privileges.

Local NY courts handle traffic tickets for moving violations in most parts of New York State. The DMV Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB) only handles non-criminal moving violations that occur in:

  • The five boroughs of NYC - Manhattan (New York County), The Bronx (Bronx County), Brooklyn (Kings County), Queens (Queens County) and Staten Island (Richmond County)
  • The cities of Buffalo and Rochester, and
  • Portions of the towns of Babylon, Brookhaven, Huntington, Islip, Riverhead and Smithtown in Suffolk County.

Since your ticket was in Queens it would appear that you would contact the TVB to find out what you can do to pay your fine for your ticket. The telephone number for the TVB is (718)-488-5710.


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