Traffic Cases

Most traffic cases in Hawai`i begin when a law enforcement officer issues a citation, commonly called a "traffic ticket."The citation, which is filed with a state court, charges a motorist, pedestrian, or the registerd owner of a parked vehicle (the defendant) with committing a traffic offense and requires the defendant to respond to the allegations in the citation.

For more serious traffic offenses where the defendant is physically arrested and taken into police custody, the defendant's court case begins when a prosecutor orally charges the defendant in court or files a written complaint or information against the defendant, or when a grand jury returns an indictment charging the defendant with committing a traffic crime.


The pay-by-phone traffic citation service is currently unavailable due to technical issues. The following options are still available to pay traffic violations:


  • OPTION 1- Pay by mail using the preprinted envelope (included with your traffic citation). Please do not send cash.
  • OPTION 2- Pay in person at any District Court. Credit cards (VISA or MasterCard), checks or money orders are accepted (U.S. dollars only, checks can be made payable to "DISTRICT COURT")
  • OPTION 3- Pay online through eTraffic Hawaii, which can be found on the Judiciary’s website

Thank you for your patience while we work to restore the pay-by-phone traffic citation service.

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