Frequently Asked Questions

Traffic Frequently Asked Questions
1) What is a civil traffic infraction?

Under the Florida statutes, a civil infraction traffic ticket is a case in which a person is suspected of committing a non-criminal traffic infraction. These violations are classified as either moving, non-moving or bicycle/pedestrian. A moving violation normally assesses points against the driver license while non-moving and bicycle/pedestrian violations do not. These violations are not punishable by incarceration and there is no right to trial by jury or to court-appointed counsel. Examples of Moving Violations are careless driving; fail to yield at a stop sign, etc. Examples of Non-Moving Violations are no seat belt, improper parking, etc.

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, including payment of the 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

2) What forms of payment are acceptable for a traffic citation?

You may pay with cash, money order, or a personal check drawn from a United States bank, we also accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. 

Credit card payments can be made online at There is a 3.5% nonrefundable service fee when making payments online.   

Cash payments can be made at any local Amscot. Payment processing fees will apply. 

If paying your traffic fine by check, money order, or cashier's check, please make payable to Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court.

3) Where do payments for traffic citations get mailed?

Standard Mail

Manatee County Clerk of Court
Attn: Traffic Department
P.O. Box 25400 
Bradenton, FL 34206 


Manatee County Clerk of Court
Attn: Traffic Department
1115 Manatee Ave W 
Bradenton, FL 34205

4) How do I get my citation for failure to carry or display a driver's license, registration, and/or insurance dismissed?

If the officer cited you with failure to carry or display a valid driver's license, registration, and/or proof of insurance, and you can prove that these documents were valid at the time the officer issued the citation, then you must submit proof of your valid document(s), the copy of your citation, and pay a dismissal fee (see Traffic Fee Schedule for fee amount) to the Clerk's Office in person or by mail. 

5) Which citations require a mandatory court appearance?

The following charges require a mandatory court hearing:

  • Leaving a child in an unattended vehicle
  • An accident involving a serious bodily/personal injury
    If found guilty of an offense involving serious bodily injury to another, the court will impose a mandatory fine of $500.00 plus court costs and a mandatory license suspension of 3 months.
  • An accident involving a fatality 
    If found guilty of an offense involving a fatality, the court will impose a mandatory fine of $1,000.00 plus court costs and a mandatory license suspension of 6 months.
  • Passing on enter/exit side while bus is stopped
  • Speed 30+ MPH in excess of posted speed limits
6) What steps do I take after I complete the basic driver improvement course?

You must present proof of completion of the basic drive improvement course (BDI) to the Manatee County Clerk's Office within 90 calendar days of the date you made payment with the election.

7) Does attending basic improvement driving school keep the citation off my driving record?

No, the citation will appear on your driving record but will reflect adjudication withheld. This means no points will be assessed against your license. 

8) Can I elect to attend basic driving improvement school after I have paid my citation?

No, the election for traffic school must be received with payment within 30 days of the offense date. If payment is received without election, the disposition is reported as adjudicated guilty and points will be assessed against your license. 

9) Does attending basic improvement driving school keep my insurance rates down?

Please consult your insurance company for this information.

10) Will the basic driver improvement school notify the Clerk’s Office when I have completed the class?

No, you must send your certificate of completion to the Clerk’s Office within 90 calendar days from the date the option was elected. It is your responsibility to make sure the Clerk receives a copy. 

11) What if the price of the ticket is different from what the officer gave on the citation?

The Clerk’s Office is required to collect the correct amount as required by Florida statute, even if the officer may have written an incorrect amount.

12) Can the Clerk’s Office notify me of the amount of points I have on my license?

You may purchase a printout of your Florida driving record (see Traffic Fee Schedule for fee amount). You may also contact the appropriate Drivers License Bureau to find out how many points are assessed against your license.

13) What do I do if my citation has been sent to collections?

Once a case has been sent to an outside collection agency, payment must be made to them. Please contact the Traffic Division at (941) 741-4060 to obtain information regarding cases sent to external collection agencies. 

Contact Traffic
Supervisor: Sarah Albritton
Supervisor Title: Supervisor
Mailing Address
Attn: Traffic
P.O. Box 25400
Bradenton, FL 34206-5400
Physical Address
1115 Manatee Avenue West
Bradenton, FL 34205