Frequently Asked Questions - CVB

  • How can I pay a ticket?

    You can pay online by clicking here.  You may also make a payment by calling the Central Violations Bureau during normal business hours at (800) 827-2982 or mail a check or money order to:

    Central Violations Bureau
    P.O. Box 71363
    Philadelphia, PA 19176-1363

    Make sure to include your location code and violation number on all payments for proper credit.

  • How can I check the status of a ticket?

    Contact the Central Violations Bureau by calling 800-827-2982.  Press option 4 to hear an automated recording with the status of your ticket.

  • I want to contest my ticket in court, but I don't have a court date written on my ticket.

    You will receive a Notice to Appear, via U.S. mail from the Central Violations Bureau,  usually within 4 to 8 weeks from issuance of the ticket.

  • I received a violation notice, it is marked "Appearance Required". Do I have to appear in court?

    Yes, appearance is mandatory.

  • What happens if I don't pay the ticket or appear in court?

    If you fail to pay the amount due or to appear in court on the date and time scheduled, the United States District Court may issue a summons ordering you to appear or issue a warrant for your arrest. If you are charged with a motor-vehicle violation, the court may also report your failure to pay or appear to your state's motor vehicle or driver licensing agency, which may affect your driving privileges or your vehicle registration, or both.

  • I received a notice to appear, but I mailed my payment three weeks ago, did you receive my payment?

    Contact the Central Violations Bureau by calling 800-827-2982.  Use option 4 to hear an automated recording with the status of your ticket.

  • I received a ticket, but I have moved. How can I change my address?

    Requests to change addresses  must be submitted in writing to the Central Violations Bureau.  You may send a fax to 210-301-6401, email to info@cvb.uscourts.gov or mail to:

    Central Violations Bureau
    P.O. Box 780549
    San Antonio, TX 78278-0549
     

  • When is my payment due by?

    All payments must be received on or before the scheduled court date.

  • What if I pay my ticket the day of court online?

    The court will be notified of your payment and you will not have to appear in court.

  • What if I wish to plead not guilty?

    You must appear at the date and time scheduled.  A plea of not guilty will be entered and a Bench Trial will be set.  If you are found guilty of the violation after a trial, the court may impose any penalty the law authorizes. In addition, the court may add a special assessment of $5, $10, or $25 for each offense.

  • What happens if I don't pay the Violation Notice or appear in court?

    If you fail to pay the amount due or to appear in court on the date and time scheduled, the United States District Court may issue a summons ordering you to appear or issue a warrant for your arrest. If you are charged with a motor-vehicle violation, the court may also report your failure to pay or appear to your state's motor vehicle or driver licensing agency, which may affect your driving privileges or your vehicle registration, or both.

  • I received a Violation Notice, it is marked mandatory. Do I have to appear in court?

    Yes, appearance is mandatory.

  • How can I pay a Violation Notice?

    Violation Notices may be paid online by clicking here.  Payments also may be made by calling the Central Violations Bureau during normal business hours at (800) 827-2982 or by mailing a check or money order to:

    Central Violations Bureau
    P.O. Box 71363
    Philadelphia, PA 19176-1363

    The location code and violation number must be included on all payments to ensure proper credit.

  • How can I check the status of a Violation Notice?

    Contact the Central Violations Bureau by calling 800-827-2982.  Press option 4 to hear an automated recording with the status of your Violation Notice.

  • I want to contest my Violation Notice in court, but I don't have a court date written on my Violation Notice.

    You will receive a Notice to Appear, via U.S. mail from the Central Violations Bureau,  usually within 4 to 6 weeks from issuance of the Violation Notice.

  • I received a notice to appear, but I mailed my payment three weeks ago, did you receive my payment?

    Contact the Central Violations Bureau by calling 800-827-2982.  Use option 4 to hear an automated recording with the status of your Violation Notice.

  • What if I wish to plead not guilty?

    You must appear at the date and time scheduled.  A plea of not guilty will be entered and a Bench Trial will be set.  If you are found guilty of the violation after a trial, the court may impose any penalty the law authorizes. In addition, the court may add a special assessment of $5, $10, or $25 for each offense.

  • What if I pay my Violation Notice the day of court online?

    The court will be notified of your payment and you will not have to appear in court.

  • When is my payment due by?

    All payments must be received on or before the scheduled court date.

  • I received a Violation Notice, but I have moved. How can I change my address?

    Requests to change addresses  must be submitted in writing to the Central Violations Bureau.  You may send a fax to 210-301-6401, email to info@cvb.uscourts.gov or mail to:

    Central Violations Bureau
    P.O. Box 780549
    San Antonio, TX 78278-0549