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.



You can admit the infraction and pay the amount written on the citation, either by mail, using the preprinted envelope; in person at any district court; via the Internet; or by telephone at (800) 679-5949. Credit cards (Visa or MasterCard), checks or money orders are accepted. A $25 service charge will be assessed for dishonored payments. 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


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