Pay a Traffic Ticket and Plead Guilty Without a Court Appearance

Many minor traffic citations and all Metro fare violation citations may be paid before the first court date without a court appearance.

Overview

Many traffic citations and all Metro fare violation citations may be paid before the first court date without a court appearance. See the list of cases that require a court appearance.

If you believe that you are not guilty of the offense charged in your citation, you should appear in court on the date indicated on your citation.

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Preparation

Read Your Rights In the Municipal Division to understand how you are permitted to defend yourself and what pleading guilty means.

Before you pay, confirm that your traffic citation can be paid without a court appearance. You may do this one of three ways:

If you do not have your citation number(s), you can search for your citation online.

Instructions

Online

  1. Go to Payitstlouis.com
  2. Login as a guest or use your email address
  3. Select Pay A Municipal Court Ticket
  4. Check your citation number by Ticket Number and Date of Birth
  5. Payment can be through debit or credit card

If your citation cannot be paid without a court appearance, the system will not accept the payment, and you should come to court on the date shown on your citation.

Pay by Mail

  1. Sign the form for “Appearance, Plea of Guilty and Waiver – Only for Offenses Not Requiring a Court Appearance” found at the bottom of the reverse side of your citation.
  2. Include your signature, address and driver license number. 
  3. If you would like a receipt mailed to you, please include a fully postage prepaid self-addressed envelope for the court to use.
  4. Mail the citation, signed form, and money order or certified check for the amount the fine to:

    St. Louis City Municipal Court
    1520 Market, Suite 1120
    St. Louis, MO 63101

    Write your ticket number on your money order or certified check to make certain your payment is properly credited to your case.

Do not send cash through the mail.

Make sure you mail your payment soon enough to arrive no less than three (3) days before the court date on your citation. The court does not accept personal checks.

Dropbox

A red locked dropbox for payments is located outside 1520 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103, on the Market street side, immediately to the left of the main entrance to the building.

  1. Sign the form for “Appearance, Plea of Guilty and Waiver – Only for Offenses Not Requiring a Court Appearance” found at the bottom of the reverse side of your citation.
  2. Include your signature, address and driver license number.
  3. If you would like a receipt mailed to you, include a fully postage prepaid self-addressed envelope for the court to use.
  4. Place citation, signed form, and money order or certified check for the amount the fine in a sealed envelope. Write your ticket number on your money order or certified check to make certain your payment is properly credited to your case.

Do not make a payment with cash at the drop box.

If you make a partial payment by mail or dropbox and would like your new payment date sent to you by mail, include a fully postage prepaid self-addressed envelope for the court to use.

In Person

  • Come to the St. Louis City Municipal Court located at 1520 Market Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63103, Suite 1120 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. except on City Holidays).
  • Take a number at the customer service counter.
  • You must have a picture identification card and your case number(s).
  • Name must match the name on the credit or debit card.

The Municipal Court accepts cash, money orders, certified or cashier’s checks, attorney client trust account (IOLTA account) checks, and major credit/bank debit cards (Master Card/Visa) except American Express. The Municipal Court does not accept personal checks or gift cards.

If you are making a partial payment in person, you will be given a new date for your next installment.

Fees

Based on the fine and court costs for your citation.

What to Expect

Your successful payment of your citation in advance and out of court will close your case.

Your payment of your citation constitutes a plea of guilty to the offense charged in the citation and a waiver of your rights of appearance and trial.

The Department of Revenue will assess points against your driving record as required by law for any offense that carries points. The court reports case dispositions to the Department of Revenue electronically within ten (10) days of the disposition.

 

Contact

Municipal Court

stlccweb@stlouis-mo.gov

(314) 622-3231

1520 Market St., Suite #1120
St. Louis, MO 63103

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday except City Holidays

Contact the Municipal Court

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