A civil traffic infraction is a non-criminal charge issued by a law enforcement office in the form of a citation or traffic ticket. In most instances, a civil traffic infraction may be disposed of by:
- a payment of a civil penalty, otherwise known as a fine
- the election and completion of an authorized driver improvement course and payment of fine
- a hearing before the Court
You may request any of these options by completing the Traffic Citation Option Form* and returning it to the Clerk of the Court within the time allowed.
|Walton County Courthouse
571 U.S. Highway 90
East DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32433
Clerk of the Circuit Court
Attn: Traffic Division
Post Office Box 1260
DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32435-1260
|Walton County Courthouse Annex
31 Coastal Centre Boulevard
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459
- Pay the fine
- Attend driver improvement school and pay a fine. Information on available courses can be found here.
- Deny the violation
- Dismissal for registration, driver’s license or insurance violations with payment of $10.00 dismissal fee
- Dismissal for disabled permit or license tag violation with payment of a $10.00 dismissal fee.
Payment of Civil Penalty or Fine
If you choose to pay the civil penalty or fine:
- You must make payment to the Clerk of the Court within 30 calendar days of the date the citation was issued.
- Citations may be paid online by clicking here or by cash, cashier’s check, major credit card, money order or checks drawn on a Florida bank.
- You may make payment in person or through the mail.
- You may verify the correct amount of the civil penalty through the Clerk’s Fee Schedule.
- Failure to pay within this time period may result in suspension of your license and an assessment of reinstatement fees, and late fees.
Election to Attend Driver Improvement School
If you choose to attend one of these courses:
- You may choose this option no more than once every 12 months.
- You must complete and return the notarized Traffic Citation Option Form* along with the applicable fees to the Clerk of the Court within 30 calendar days from the date the citation was issued.
- You must enroll, attend and return the certificate of completion of the Driver Improvement course within 60 days from the date you paid the fine and filed your election form with the Clerk of the Court. Failure to do so will result in suspension of your license, reinstatement fees and late fees.
- You may attend any Driver Improvement course approved by the State of Florida in any county in Florida.
- You may receive mail from private Driver Improvement Schools through the mail or you may contact local schools for additional information. You will find them listed in the phone directory under “Traffic School” or “Driving instruction”.
Request a Court Hearing
If you want to deny the violation and request a court hearing:
- You must notify the Clerk in writing within 30 days of the date the citation was issued to request a civil hearing be scheduled. You may use the Traffic Citation Option Form*.
- You will receive a notice from the Clerk advising you of the date and time of your hearing.
- The law enforcement officer that issued the citation will be present at your hearing, as well as any witnesses listed by the officer.
- You are responsible for making sure any witnesses you want to testify appear at your hearing.
- If the Court finds you committed the offense, you may be ordered to pay a fine and/or attend driver improvement school.
- If you reside out-of-state, you must complete and return the notarized Traffic Citation Option Form*, Affidavit of Defense Form*, driving record from the state where you reside, along with the applicable fees to the Clerk of the Court within 30 calendar days from the date the citation or ticket was issued.
If You have been charged with the Following Violation:
- Valid registration s. 320.07(3)(a) and s. 320.07(3)(b) F.S.
- Fail to carry vehicle registration s. 320.0605(1) F.S.
- No valid driver’s license s. 322.03(1) F.S.
- Failed to exhibit or carry driver’s license s. 322.15(1)
- Fail to exhibit personal injury protection insurance s. 316.646(1)
- D.L. expires less than 4 months s. 322.065
- You may have the violation dismissed by providing proof of valid registration, driver’s license, or insurance along with payment of the $10.00 fee to the Clerk of the Court within 30 days of the date the citation or ticket was issued.
- This option is only available in cases in which your registration, driver’s license or insurance was valid at the time the citation or ticket was issued.
If you have been charged with any of the following violations, you may enter a plea of Nolo Contendere and pay a reduced fine:
Pursuant to s. 318.14(10)(a) F.S., a person may in lieu of payment of fine or court appearance, provide proof of compliance to the Clerk of Court, Traffic Division, enter a plea of Nolo Contendere, and pay court costs. Adjudication is to be withheld upon completion of the above conditions. This election can only be made once during a twelve month period and no more than three times during a lifetime.
Proof of compliance for:
|s. 322.03 F.S. - No Driver’s License||$96.25|
|s. 322.065 F.S. - Expired Drive’s License (less than 4 months)||$96.25|
|s. 322.15 F.S. – Driver’s License not carried and/or exhibited||$96.25|
|s. 320.0605 F.S. – Failure to display vehicle registration||$96.25|
|s. 320.07 (3) F.S. – Expired Registration||$96.25|
|s. 316.646 F.S. – No proof of Insurance||$75.90|
Proof of compliance consists of a valid, renewed or reinstated Driver’s License or registration certificate and proper proof of maintenance of security (Insurance) as required by s. 316.646 F.S. If you elect this option you must complete and return the Nolo Contendere Affidavit*, with the applicable fees to the Clerk of the Court within 30 calendar days from the date the citation was issued.
If You have been Charged with the Following Violation:
- Disabled Parking Permit or Disabled License Plate Violation F.S. 316.1955
- You may have the violation dismissed by providing proof of valid disabled parking permit or disabled license plate to the Law Enforcement agency that issued the citation. Law Enforcement will provide you with an Affidavit of Compliance, which must accompany your payment of the $10.00 fee to the Clerk of the Court within 30 days of the date the citation or ticket was issued.
- This option is only available in cases in which your disabled parking permit or disabled license plate was valid at the time the citation or ticket was issued.
* all forms are in Adobe PDF format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these documents.