A civil traffic infraction is a non-criminal charge that usually can be disposed of by payment of a civil penalty or an election to attend a driver improvement course. A court appearance is not required, except in cases where the violation involves an accident with serious bodily injury to another or fatality, or if required by Florida statute.
Proof of Insurance
If you are cited for failure to maintain proof of insurance, you may elect to enter a plea of nolo contendere and present proper proof of insurance to the Clerk of Court within 30 days. Adjudication is withheld. If you pay the fine within 30 days and do not provide proof of insurance that was valid at the time of the stop, OR if you pay the fine after 30 days has elapsed, a conviction is added to your driver record.
The DMV now has the authority to suspend a person's license for failure to provide proof that insurance was valid at the time of the stop. Such proof must be provided within thirty (30) days of receiving the citation. A notice will be sent from the department and your license will be suspended within 5 days of that notice. You will need to contact DMV for specific requirements to reinstate your license.
If you have questions, contact Department of Motor Vehicles, customer service at 850-617-2000 or email them.
Payments for traffic tickets are due within 30 days of receiving the citation. Payments can be made by personal check, cash, money order or credit card (by phone or in person) with proper identification such as a driver's license.
Checks or Money Order
Make your check or money order payable to the Clerk of Courts and mail to:
Clerk of the Circuit Court
110 North Apopka Avenue
Inverness, Florida 34450-4299
MyFloridaCounty Traffic IVR (Interactive Voice Response)
Here are some highlights of this exciting new service:
Customers are able to access the MyFloridaCounty Traffic IVR toll-free by dialing 855-984-1187 on any touch tone phone.
To make a payment, callers must provide the driver's date of birth and Driver License number as shown on the citation.
The MyFloridaCounty Traffic IVR accepts all major credit and debit cards to pay the full citation amount. Use of the system requires the citation holder to waive the option for traffic school.
Customers using this service are subject to the vendor's service fee.
Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) Information
The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has implemented a new web-based application for emergency contact information. Florida drivers and ID card holders may now go online to the department's website and enter the name and contact information of two people to be contacted in the event of an emergency. This system is the result of a suggestion from a constituent of Rep. Galvano who unfortunately lost her daughter to a tragic accident.
Information entered in to this new system will be available for law enforcement use only, and can be accessed via a laptop from a patrol vehicle if it is equipped with Internet capability. Officers without laptops in their vehicles will be able to obtain the information from their dispatchers.
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Tax Collector Information
The Honorable Janice Warren, Citrus County Tax Collector, offers driver license services in Inverness and Crystal River. Further information regarding hours, services and locations can be found online at the Citrus County Tax Collector website.