Traffic Court

 The Traffic Division of the Vanderburgh County Clerk's Office is responsible for receipting in the payments for the Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB).  Failure to pay or appear on your court date will result in the suspension of your driver's license and/or issuance of a warrant for your arrest.

 A few programs to be aware of before your court appearance are as follows:

Alive at 25

Persons under the age of 25 (ages 16-24) charged with their first moving violation must participate in the Alive at 25 program offered at Ivy Tech. Defendants simply attend court on the scheduled day (which can be found on the ticket), and after being seen by the Judge and ordered to complete Alive at 25, must enroll and complete the program within 60 days. They will then bring the completed certificate to the Misdemeanor Probation Department (room 201) where the case will be dismissed.  This program is required and may only be completed once.

Defensive Driving

If you are interested in completing a defensive driving course to offset points on your license resulting from moving violations, you have the option to attend court on your scheduled day and request permission to do so. If granted, more information will be provided to you at your court appearance.

Infraction Deferral Program:

Please refer to the Prosecutor's web site or call them at (812) 435-5980 to see if you qualify. 

   

Going to Court

The Traffic Violations Bureau assigns an initial hearing date known as the infraction hearing. This hearing date is printed on your ticket. At the infraction hearing you may admit the violation or deny the violation. If you admit the violation, you will be asked to choose one of the following:
Admission: You may admit the violation and pay the ticket. An admission has the same effect as a court judgment. A record of this judgment will be sent to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles of Indiana and your licensing state.
No Contest: You may choose to pay the ticket without admitting guilt. A plea of no contest has the same effect as a court judgment. A record of this judgment will be sent to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles of Indiana and your licensing state.

If you choose to deny the violation, you may deny the ticket and request a court trial in front of a judge. You will be required to appear on the trial date which may not be changed by telephone.

Payment Options

Submitting payment for a ticket prior to your court appearance is an admission of the violation(s), or a pleading of nolo contendere, and will have the same effect as a court judgment. By paying in advance, your court appearance is canceled and you wave your right to a trial. Some infractions require a court appearance and are not payable before court. For a list of common tickets and their price before court, please see the bottom of this page.

Paying in Person

Payments can be made in person at the Clerk's Office Cashier Window in room 216 of the Courts Building, located at 825 Sycamore Street in Evansville. We accept cash, cashier's check or money order, as well as Visa, Mastercard, and Discover. Please be advised there will be a convenience fee added to process all credit/debit card transactions. Personal checks are not accepted.

You must have your ticket or cause number to make a payment. If you have lost your ticket, you may acquire your cause number by either going online to mycase.in.gov, or by visiting the Clerk's Library in room 219.  

Paying by Mail

If you wish to pay by mail, send the following: a copy of the ticket or the case number, the defendant's name, payment (cashier's check or money order), and a self-addressed, stamped envelope (if you wish to receive a receipt).

Mail payment to:

Vanderburgh County Clerk's Office

Attn: Cashier

P.O. Box 3356

Evansville, IN  47732-3356

Paying Online:

If you want to pay your infraction online, visit https://publicaccess.courts.in.gov. If your ticket is not assessed on the website, please call the Misdemeanor & Traffic Office at 812-435-5772 for more information.

Please be advised, there will be a convenience fee for this service and that fee amount will be available to you before submitting payment.

 

As of July 1, 2017 ticket prices before court are as follows:

Violation

Total Due

Disregarding Traffic Control Device

$ 136.50

Disregarding Red Light

$ 136.50

Disregarding Stop Sign

$ 136.50

Disregarding Auto Signal

$ 136.50

Disregarding Railroad Signals

$ 136.50

Disregarding Barricade

$ 136.50

Drivers License Not in Possession

$ 136.00

Driving Across Divided Highway

$ 136.50

Expired Drivers License

$ 136.00

Expired Registration

$ 136.00

Expired License Plate

$ 136.00

Failure to Carry Registration

$ 136.00

Failure to Use or Dim Headlights

$ 136.50

Failure to Yield

$ 136.50

False or Fictitious Registration

$ 136.00

Following Too Close

$ 136.50

Improper Registration

$ 136.00

Improper Display of License Plate

$ 136.00

Improper Start from Parked Position

$ 136.50

Improper Turn

$ 136.50

Improper Lane Usage

$ 136.50

Improper Passing

$ 136.50

Improper Backing

$ 136.50

Left of Center

$ 136.50

No or Improper Windshield Wipers

$ 136.00

No or Improper Brake Lights

$ 136.00

No or Improper License Plate Light

$ 136.00

No or Improper Rear View Mirror

$ 136.00

No or Improper Tail Lights

$ 136.00

No or Improper Head Lights

$ 136.00

No or Improper Brakes

$ 136.50

No or Improper Turn Signals

$ 136.50

No or Improper Tires

$ 136.50

No or Improper Mufflers

$ 136.00

No or Improper Bumper

$ 136.00

Passing on Double Yellow Line

$ 136.50

Seatbelt Violation

$ 25.00

Seatbelt/Child Restraint

Court Appearance

Speeding 16-25 Miles Over Speed Limit

$ 145.50

Speeding 1-15 Miles Over Speed Limit

$ 140.50

Speeding Over 25 MPH over speed limit,

Speeding in a School Zone, or Speeding in a Work Zone

$171.00

Court Appearance

Tinted Windows

$ 136.00

U-Turn

$ 136.50

Wrong Way on One Way

$ 136.50

Handicapped Zone

$ 185.50

Violation

Total Due

No Motorcycle Endorsement

$ 136.00

Parking on Highway

$ 136.50

Blue Light Law

$ 136.00

Equipment -U.S. Coast Guard Approved Personal Protection Device/Person

$ 136.00

Failure to Possess Hunting/Fishing License

$ 136.00

Gunwales/Bowdecking Occupants Riding

$ 136.00

License - Operating without Valid Driver's License or ID Card

$ 136.50

License - Permit/Allow to Operate without Driver's License or ID Card

$ 136.50

Lights - Required between Sunset/Sunrise

$ 136.50

Lights - White Stern Light Required

$ 136.50

Lights - Red & Green Lights Required

$ 136.50

Littering from Watercraft

$ 136.00

Operation - Prudent Manner

$ 136.50

Operation - Unsafe Boat

$ 136.50

Operation - Traffic Rules/Right of Way

$ 136.50

Operation - Hazardous Wake/Wash

$ 136.50 

Operation - Circular Course around Fisherman

$ 136.50

Operation - Restriction on Shoreline

$ 136.50

Operation - Tow Skier Without Observer

$ 136.50

Overloaded Boat

$ 136.50

Permitting Unlawful Operation

$ 136.50

Power Watercraft -  Wearable Personable Floation Device to be Worn

$ 136.50

Power Watercraft - Operating Facing Rear

$ 136.50

Power Watercraft - Towing Skier with Power Watercraft less than 10 feet away

$ 136.50

Power Watercraft - Towing Skier without Observer

$ 136.50

Power Watercraft - Permitting Violation

$ 136.50

Registration - Failure to Obtain

$ 136.00

Registration - Operate Without

$ 136.00

Registration - Failure to Produce

$ 136.00

Registration - Failure to Display

$ 136.00

Registration - Invalid

$ 136.00

Registration - Failure to Display Decal

$ 136.00

When accident occurs, you MUST appear in court

 

Speeding in a school zone, you MUST appear in court

 

Speeding in a work zone, you MUST appear in court

 

FMCSR Violation

 $160.50

 Kingpin Length or Width Violation

 $160.50

 No Fishing License

 $136.00

 Improper Motorcycle Equipment

 $136.00

 Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicle

 $160.50

Undyed Fuel in Commercial Vehicle

$185.50                     

 Fuel Tax Permit

 $136.00

Overweight Tickets: Call Clerk's Office at 812-435-5772

 

 Criminal Misdemeanor cases court costs are

 $185.00 plus fine set by the Judge