When you don’t make a payment on time, fail to appear at a hearing, or don’t comply with a requirement of your sentence, multiple warning notices are mailed to the address listed on the citation. (These may include a Warning Notice, Notice of Imminent Driver’s License Suspension, or a Show Cause Notice.) These notices warn of pending suspension if you do not pay your fine or see the Judge by the given date. After the time given on the warning notice has expired, your driver’s license will be suspended until the above conditions are met. Once you are in good standing with the Court, your driver’s license will be reinstated. You will be responsible for paying the reinstatement fee to the Montana Motor Vehicle Division.
How will getting a traffic ticket affect my insurance?
The Court does not report traffic tickets to insurance companies. Insurance companies have access to your driving record and make their own decisions on how traffic offenses will affect your rates.
How do I find out if there is a warrant for my arrest?
Warrants are issued when you fail to appear at a court hearing. If you think you may have a warrant, call the Court Clerk to verify.
I have a question about my case. When is a good time to contact the Court?
The City Court Clerk is in the office Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:00am to 5:00pm. During court hearings, the Clerk will be unavailable to assist you.
PLEASE NOTE: The Court Clerk can help with case questions, proceedings/hearings and basic court questions. The Clerk CANNOT give legal advice.