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, your account being referred to the Department of Taxation for collections, and having your driver's license revoked. View the Installment Payment Agreement Guidelines (PDF), Rule 1-24 (PDF), Virginia Code §19.2-354 page, and the Virginia Code §46.2-395 page. The clerk's office accepts payment of court costs, fines and restitution made in person, by mail, or by credit card over the telephone.

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.

By Phone - Circuit Court Only

The Clerk's Office accepts credit card payments for court cost and fines via phone. Please call 804-365-3137 if you want to pay by phone.

Credit Card By Telephone - Circuit Court Only

The Circuit Court Clerk's Office accepts VISA and MasterCard credit card payments for Circuit Court costs and fines via phone. Please call 804-365-3137. There is a $2.00 charge for credit card transactions. The Circuit Court Clerk's Office cannot take payments for fines or costs associated with the District Court.