Pay Traffic Tickets & Other Offenses

Online - General District Court

Most traffic tickets issued in Virginia are handled by the General District Court. Always pay special attention to the paperwork you receive as it will tell you how and where to make your payment. If your ticket or fine is payable to the General District Court, you may be able to pay online through the Virginia Judicial System website.

If you have questions, contact the General District Court.

Circuit Court Costs, Fines, & Restitution Payment Information

Court costs, fines, and restitution are due when the court pronounces judgment. The total amount of court costs and fines owed is docketed as a judgment in the circuit court clerk's office if you do not pay the day of court. This judgment is a lien on real estate you own in Hanover County. Unpaid court costs, fines and restitution are also reported to the Virginia Department of Taxation for Set-off Debt Collection, so your state tax refund or lottery winnings may be sent to the clerk's office to pay your court debt.

Delinquent accounts accrue interest and are reported to the Virginia Department of Taxation which acts as the debt collector for Hanover County Circuit Court. When that is done an additional 1-time 17% collection fee is added to the amount you owe.

If you cannot make full payment within 30 days you must make an installment payment agreement at the Circuit Court Clerk's Office to avoid having interest accrue on the money owed for court costs and fines, and your account may be referred to the Department of Taxation for collections. Installment Payment Agreement Guidelines (PDF), Rule 1-24 (PDF), and the Virginia Code §19.2-354 page. The Circuit Court Clerk's Office accepts payment of court costs, fines and restitution made in person, by mail, or through the Circuit Court Online Payment System.

In Person

  • Payments can be made in person at the Criminal Division Office, at:
    • Circuit Courthouse
      Second Floor
      7530 County Complex Road
      Hanover, VA 23069
      Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
      Monday through Friday

By Mail

  • Payment can be mailed to:
    • Hanover Circuit Court Clerk's Office
      Attention: Criminal Division
      P.O. Box 39
      Hanover, VA 23069

When paying a fine by mail, please identify the account to which payment should be credited. In the case of criminal fines, this means you should include the case number and defendant's name. The case number is important if there are multiple accounts under the defendant's name.  

Online Payments

(Visa & MasterCard)

Circuit Court Online Payment System

Read and accept the terms (if the terms and conditions are not accepted, users will be unable to access the online payment system)

  • Court level = Circuit Court, Court location = Hanover
  • You may search by name or case number (Ex. CR00000000-00)
  • Check the box next to the case number with the earliest payment due date and then select ‘Pay’
  • Enter the amount that you would like to pay

If you are on an active payment agreement, refer to your agreement for the amount you are responsible for paying monthly

(A $2 convenience fee will be added to your total)

  • If you would like a receipt sent to you via email, enter your email address and click ‘Proceed to payment collection’ OR leave the email boxes empty and click ‘Proceed to payment collection’
  • Enter the requested card information and click ‘Process’

Please keep in mind that payments must be made for each court separately. The online payment system can only search for payments one court at a time.

For questions or concerns, please contact the criminal division at: