Traffic Fines & Fees
Basic Driver Improvement Course
Secretary of State will mail information regarding the Basic Driver Improvement Course if you qualify. If your mailing address is not correct with their office, update it immediately.
School Zones, Construction Zones & Late Penalties
Moving violations that take place in a school zone will double in penal fines. Please call the court and verify the amount of your fine and costs if your ticket was issued in a school zone, construction zone, or if you are late paying your ticket.
Depending on your violation, you may be required to appear in court. Proper attire is required for appearance in court.
Infraction Fines & Costs Points 1-5 Miles over limit $105 1 6-10 Miles over limit $115 2 11-15 Miles over limit $125 3 16-25 Miles over limit $135 4 26 miles or over, contact the court for fines & costs information. 4
Infraction Fines & Costs Points 1-5 Miles over limit $105 0 6-10 Miles over limit $115 1 11-15 Miles over limit $125 2 16-25 Miles over limit $135 3 26 miles or over, contact the court for fines & costs information. 4
Parking, Licensing, Documentation, Traffic
& Other Violations
Offense Fines & Costs Points Failed to Stop Assured Clear Distance Ahead $105 2 Violation of Basic Speed Law (Crash) $105 2 Careless Driving $185 3 Improper Lane/Unsafe Lane Change $115 2 Drove Left of Center $135 2 Improper Passing $125 3 Wrong Way on One-Way Street $135 2 Improper Turn/Failed to Signal $125 2 Disregard Stop Sign $125 3 Disregard Traffic Signal $125 3 Failed to Yield Right of Way $125 2 Failure to Stop for School Bus $280 3 Handicapped Parking Violation $175 0 Expired Registration Plates $125 0 Seat Belt Violation $65 0 Child Restraint Violation $100 0 Civil Infraction Minor in Possession $275 0
* Registration/Plate violations may differ depending on the law in which it was written under. Commercial vehicle violations may differ. (Fines and costs are subject to change). For any questions, contact the court.
SOS Driver Responsibility Program
Driver Responsible fees may be assessed by the Secretary of State's office upon conviction. – These fees are not associated with the District Court fees.
Information about the Driver Responsibility Program can be found at www.michigan.gov/driverresponsibility
This is a fee assessed from the Department of State and is separate from the court fines and costs. The revenues collected are not used to benefit the department. They go to the General Fund with set revenues in excess of $65 million (up to $3.5 million) being directed to a newly created Fire Protection Fund. The Michigan Legislature enacted this program in an effort to encourage greater traffic safety and to discourage unsafe driving behavior to save lives.
Offenses and Penalties
The Driver Responsibility Program calls for monetary sanctions for drivers who:
- Accumulate seven or more points on their driving record (Category 1), or
- Are convicted of specific qualifying offenses (Category 2)
Only driving offenses with arrest or incident dates on, or after, October 1, 2003, will be counted. Points accumulated prior to October 2, 2003 are not eligible for consideration under this new law.
Category 1 Points
Category 1 offenses, such as speeding, improper turns, and following too closely, are assessed a fee based on the number of points on the driving record, with a required minimum of seven points. The fees assessed begin at $100 and increase by $50 for each additional point above seven points.
7 Points = $100 8 Points = $150 9 Points = $200 10 Points = $250 11 Points = $300 12 Points = $350 13 Points = $400 14 Points = $450 15 Points = $500
Drivers assessed a fee for seven or more points under Category 1 will be assessed only once per year. Category 1 fees will not be assessed in any year in which the number of points on a driving record falls below seven.
Category 2 Offenses
Certain offenses are classified as "qualifying offenses" and carry their own driver responsibility fee independent from the number of points on the driving record. Drivers convicted of qualifying offenses will be assessed a driver responsibility fee of $150, $200, $500 or $1,000 for two consecutive years. The amount is determined by the relative seriousness of the offense. For example:
- Drunk Driving (Operating While Intoxicated) = $1,000
- Reckless Driving = $500
- No Proof of Insurance = $200
- Drove While License Expired = $150
Points from Category 2 offenses and convictions are NOT counted toward the point total for Category 1.
Multiple driver responsibility fees are assessed if a driver is convicted of multiple qualifying offenses under Category 2.
For a list of the Category 2 convictions that qualify for the driver responsibility fee please visit the Department of State’s website listed above.
Driver responsibility fees are assessed for two consecutive years for Category 2 convictions. The second year's fees will be assessed on the anniversary date of the first year's fees.
Fee Assessments and Payments
Failure to pay, or arrange to pay, results in an indefinite suspension of a driver's license until full payment is made. As with other suspensions, a reinstatement fee of $125 is required before the license is restored. Fee assessments apply to both licensed and unlicensed drivers.
NOTE: If you have any questions regarding these fees, DO NOT contact the court. Listed below are phone numbers to call the appropriate department depending on your question or you may visit the web site.
Please contact Michigan Department of State for questions about:
- Suspension of driving: Mandatory Driver License Suspensions and Revocations
- Paying driver's license re-instatement fees
- Driving Records
- Citations that qualify for a Driver Responsibility Fee
Michigan Department of State
Driver and Vehicle Record Information
Please contact the Michigan Department of Treasury for questions about:
- Periodically the Michigan Department of Treasury experiences extremely high call volumes, which may result in lengthy wait time. For your convenience, the Michigan Department of Treasury, Collection Division has temporarily (November 1st through December 2nd) extended our telephone hours between 7 a.m. and 6:45 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. on Friday.
- Paying Driver Responsibility Fees
- Driver Responsibility Installment Agreements
- Account Balances
- Individuals calling on behalf of another party (including minors and spouses) by law will not be provided with information, or be permitted to make payment arrangements unless a Power of Attorney Form is on file with the Michigan Department of Treasury.
Michigan Department of Treasury
P.O. Box 30199
Lansing, MI 48909-7699.
Obtaining Driving Record / Copy of Driver Responsibility Suspension
How do I get a copy of my driving record or a copy of a driver responsibility Suspension Order?
Contact the Department of State Record Lookup Unit at (517) 322-1624 to obtain the necessary form to request records.
The cost for a driver record lookup is $7. Certified records are $8. Completed requests may be faxed to (517) 322-1181. Payments for faxed requests must be charged to a credit card account.
Mail your completed request to:
Michigan Department of State
Record Lookup Unit
7064 Crowner Drive
Lansing, Michigan 48918-1540
For payment, include a check, money order, or credit card information.
DEFECTIVE EQUIPMENT Fine and Costs are $110 unless corrections are made. Refer to the back of your citation. NO PROOF OF INSURANCE Fine and Costs are $130 unless you have valid proof, and present it to the court.
If your ticket is not listed here, please contact the court to verify the amount you owe.