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Traffic Division

NOTICE

Temporary Hours: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Traffic Division is currently open to the public from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The Traffic Division of the Municipal Court processes violations of the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code issued in the City of Philadelphia. Such violations include, but are not limited to, red light citations, stop sign violations, and driving without a license, registration, or insurance.

The Traffic Division of Municipal Court was established by Act 17 of 2013 by the Pennsylvania General Assembly, which abolished the former Philadelphia Traffic Court and transferred its jurisdiction to the Municipal Court.

The Honorable Joffie C. Pittman, III was appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to serve as the Administrative Judge of the Municipal Court, Traffic Division, effective January 3, 2022.

The Traffic Division is committed to providing efficient and convenient service through extended evening hours and affordable payment plans.

Please note that the Traffic Division does not handle parking violations. All inquiries concerning parking violations should be directed to the Parking Authority at 215-683-9600.


Traffic Tickets

Learn more about how to respond to your traffic ticket. Pay online, by mail, or set up a payment plan.

    

Traffic Hearings

Learn more about your Traffic Hearing including how to reschedule, appeal a conviction, and more.

    

Taking Action

Inquiring About the Pennsylvania Point System

Questions about the application of points assigned to your driving record should be directed to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.



Inquire About a Suspended License

If your license is suspended, you must contact the Department of Transportation to request a letter listing all the requirements for restoration of your license. Click here for additional information. You may contact the Department of Transportation at 1-800-932-4600.

Upon receipt of the letter, please complete the requirements stated therein and appear personally at the Customer Service Department of the Traffic Division; no appointment is necessary. Please bring the letter with you.

Inquiring about the Impoundment of your Vehicle

If your vehicle has been impounded, please report to the Traffic Division’s Boot & Tow Window in the Customer Service area between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  You will need to bring your driver’s license or photo ID, the Live Stop Towing report, citations issued, if any, registration, and insurance.  You will appear before a hearing officer in Impoundment Court.  You will be required to pay all fines, costs, and fees before a Certificate of Release will be issued.  You will be instructed to take the Certificate of Release to the Philadelphia Parking Authority to attain your vehicle.

You must appear before a Judge of Hearing Officer to show proof of compliance, pay all outstanding fines and costs, and receive a Certificate of Release.

Inquiring about the arrest of a family member for violations

To inquire about the status of a family member who was incarcerated by a Judge at the Municipal Court, Traffic Division, or who is currently being detained in our holding room, please call the Sheriff’s desk at 215-686-1687.


FAQs

Where can I find my payment plan number?

The payment plan number can be found on the original payment plan, your receipt of payment, or by contacting the Call Center at 855-868-1675.

Can I have a payment plan via Zoom?

Yes, payment plans are offered remotely. Please contact the Court at 855-868-1675.

Can I make a payment over the telephone?

Yes, through the Court’s voice-response system. Please call 855-868-1675. You must plead guilty or not guilty to the citation if you have not already done so.

How do I pay parking tickets?

Contact the Philadelphia Parking Authority at 215-561-3636 or 215-569-3636.

Why can’t I make a payment on line?

If you have been assessed postage fees, click on to “pay full balance” instead of “pay ticket only”. This option will show the total due, including the fees.

How do I get an extension on my payment plan?

Come to the Traffic Division’s Motion Court to make a request to a hearing officer.

Do you handle red-light camera tickets?

No. Please contact the Philadelphia Parking Authority at 844-248-0449.

Do you handle speed camera tickets?

No. Please contact the Philadelphia Parking Authority at 866-790-4111.

How long do I have to respond to a citation before a late fee is added?

A $25.00 late fee is added if you do not respond within ten days of issuance of the citation.

Where is my refund?

Refunds are processed within 4 to 6 weeks of the day on which you were found not guilty.

How do I get my trial date changed?

You may request a new trial date by writing to the court. Your letter must be received at least 2 days before the date of trial, or you may come to the courthouse to request a new date in person.

Is there someone in court who can help me if I do not speak English?

Interpreter services are available. Please call the court at 855-868-1675 and ask for an interpreter.



What are the court’s hours?

Currently, due to the pandemic, the court is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.



How can I get the Judge’s ruling on my citation overturned?

You have the right to appeal the judge’s or hearing officer’s decision at trial. A timely appeal costs $35.00 per incident. An appeal after 30 days from the date of trial must be approved by the judge before you can file the actual appeal. Contact the court for additional information.



How can I get the Judge’s ruling on my citation overturned?

You have the right to appeal the judge’s or hearing officer’s decision at trial. A timely appeal costs $35.00 per incident. An appeal after 30 days from the date of trial must be approved by the judge before you can file the actual appeal. Contact the court for additional information.



If I plead guilty, will I be given points on my license or face suspension time?

Please contact the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation via their website at www.dmv.state.pa.us for further information.



Why is my balance higher than what is on the citation?

A warrant fee is assessed after someone defaults on a payment plan. Also, a late fee is assessed if a response to the citation is not received within 10 days of issuance.


About the Traffic Division

Administrative Judge
Honorable Joffie C. Pittman


Court Administration
800 Spring Garden Street, P.O. Box 56301
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19130-6301
tcsupport@courts.phila.gov
855-868-1675


Courts within Traffic Division of Municipal Court:

  • Impoundment Court operates between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday.
  • Motion Court operates between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday.

Forms


For Lawyers

Call 215-686-7000 for general court information.


Contact


COVID-19 Hours

  • Monday-Friday: 8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

Pre-COVID-19 Hours

  • Monday-Friday: 8:30am to 6:30pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

Traffic Division Information