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Traffic & Parking Summons

Traffic Summons:

The Westminster Police Department issues all traffic tickets handled by the Westminster Municipal Court. If you have been cited to appear at the Westminster Municipal Court, the court’s name and address will be listed below the signature box on the front of the summons. 

The initial appearance for a traffic summons is set on Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m. or 8:30 a.m.  If you have a schedule conflict and are not available to appear as ordered on your ticket, please contact the court to reschedule your appearance date.  You can have your case rescheduled without a court appearance one time only. You can also appear at an earlier date as an add-on to that day's docket.

(Add-on times are Monday and Tuesday, 7:30-9 a.m.)

Please contact the Clerk's Office prior to appearing in court if you need the services of an INTERPRETER as one may not be available to assist you on the day you choose to appear.

Many traffic summons can be resolved by payment in advance and do not require a court appearance. 

  • If Box A (Mandatory Appearance) on the front of your ticket is marked, you are required to appear in court on the date and time listed below your signature.  
  • If either Box B (Payable) or Box C (Traffic Charges Eligible for Early Payment) are checked, along with a fine amount and points assessed, you can pay your ticket on or before the date set for your appearance. In this case you are not required to appear in court. 

By choosing to pay and not appear in court, you are pleading guilty to the charge and the points will be assessed against your driving history.

Certain traffic violations may carry criminal penalties, such as the imposition of jail time.  These charges include, but are not limited to, No Proof of Insurance, Careless Driving, Reckless Driving, Speed Contest, and Speeding (25 miles per hour or more above the speed limit).

If you have been charged with not having proof of insurance, you will be required to show proof that your insurance was valid at the date and time when the ticket was issued. 

  • If the only charge on your ticket is No Proof of Insurance, and your vehicle was insured at the date and time of the violation, you may resolve your case without appearing in court.  Please mail in a letter from your insurance carrier (letterhead required) that shows that your policy was valid at the day and time of the violation. The clerk will verify the information provided. If the information is confirmed your ticket will be dismissed and you will not be required to appear.  It is your responsibility to confirm whether or not your ticket has been dismissed before your scheduled court date. 
  • If you did not have insurance at the time you received the ticket, you must appear in court. 
  • If the No Proof of Insurance is not the only charge on your ticket, you must appear in court. 

Failure to pay or appear in court on your scheduled court date may result in the issuance of a warrant for your arrest. Other penalties may also be imposed, such as imposition of additional fees, placement of a hold or points against your driving record, referral to a private collections agency, and/or incarceration. 


Parking Summons:

Parking summons can be resolved by full payment on or before the appearance date listed on the front of the summons and do not require a court appearance. 

You may contest the violation(s) within fourteen (14) calendar days of the date of issuance of the ticket. In order to contest the ticket you are required to appear in person at the Clerk’s Office, at which time a hearing before the court will be set for a later date.  

Failure to pay or appear within 14 days of the date of issuance of the summons will result in the referral to a private collections agency and the waiver of your right to contest the charge.  
 

If you have any further questions, please contact the Clerk's Office at 303-658-2250.