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Traffic Violations

Traffic violations are non-criminal, payable offenses that generally do not require a court appearance. The Clerk of the Circuit Court's Office processes traffic citations issued by every law enforcement agency in Manatee County. The duties of the Traffic Division include informing the public of all the options available for disposition of their traffic citation, collecting fines, distributing the proceeds according to Florida Law, and maintaining accurate public records.

Available Options for Traffic Violations

If you have received a traffic citation in Manatee County, you have thirty (30) calendar days from the date the ticket was issued to choose one of the following three (3) options to resolve the ticket.

  1. Pay the ticket - Printable Option Form & Fine Schedule
  2. Plead Not Guilty - Printable Option Form & Fine Schedule
  3. Elect Driver Improvement School - Printable Option Form & Fine Schedule

If you choose option 1, to pay the ticket, points are assessed against your driver's license, if applicable. You have thirty (30) calendar days from the date you received your ticket to pay your fine and fill out the Options Form. Failure to pay the fine will result in the report for suspension of your driver's license and the assessment of late fees.

If you choose option 2, to plead not guilty, you must make your request for a hearing in writing to the Clerk within thirty (30) calendar days of the date the ticket was received. You will be notified in writing of your court date.

If you choose option 3, to attend driver improvement school , you must pay the fine and fill out the Option Form and file it with the Clerk's Office within thirty (30) calendar days of the date you received the ticket. You will be granted an extra ninety (90) days to attend a Driver Improvement School in the State of Florida, no points are assessed against your driver's license. Failure to attend Driver Improvement School will result in the report for suspension of your license and the assessment of late fees.

***The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles shall require any operator convicted of violations 316.074(1), 316.075(1)C1, 316.172, 316.191, or 319.192 to attend a department-approved driver improvement course in order to maintain driving privileges if traffic school is not elected***

***Failure to provide insurance proof which was valid at the time the citation was issued, may result in a suspension of your drivers license by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles pursuant to Florida statute 316.646(3)***

Driver's License Transcripts

The Manatee County Clerk's Office sells driver's license transcripts. Citizens can purchase copies of their driver license transcripts, which contain driver's history information, from the Clerk's Office. There is a $23.25 fee charged for the transcript. A person can only request and/or purchase their own driver license transcript and must present a valid form of identification with both a valid picture and signature.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (941) 741-4060
Fax Number: (941) 741-4066
24-hour Automated Info Line: (941) 741-4061
E-mail: Tami Colmorgen Supervisor,  Elizabeth Wilcoxson Team Lead 

Important Information

To prevent suspension of your driver's license, compliance with one of the three options must be made within thirty (30) calendar days from the date the ticket was received. There is no grace period.

If paying your traffic fine by mail, please make checks payable and send to:
Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court
ATTN: Traffic Division
P.O. Box 25400
Bradenton, FL 34206-5400