Hawaii Traffic Ticket FAQ

What is Hawaii Traffic Ticket Cost? 

Answer: Fines vary depending on the citation/violation type. The exact amount will be on your ticket. You can always get additional information by going online eTraffic Hawaii.

What happens if I don’t pay a traffic ticket?

Answer: Depending on the violation type, the court may issue a misdemeanor charge or a warrant for your arrest.

What do I do with my traffic citation? 

You have many options. Get all the information Hawaii Judiciary Website.

Do I have to go to court for a traffic citation?

Answer: Unless specifically stated on your Hawaii traffic ticket, you do not have to go to court. 

You can pay your traffic fine online e Traffic Hawaii, by phone 808-538-5252 for Oahu and 800-679-5949 for neighbor islands and out-of-state clients, or by mail. 

How much is a Hawaii speeding ticket?

Answer: The following answer was written by Benjamin Roussey.  He can be reached at benjaminroussey95@gmail.com

If you have been pulled over for speeding in Hawaii, and you are a first-time violator, you may face:

• A fine of not more than $200 with a surcharge of $10 if you were going more than 10 mph over the recommended speed limit

• Suspension of your driver’s license for 1-5 years (this would be rare, depends on the situation though)

If you drive 30 mph or more than the speed limit in Hawaii, it is considered reckless driving, penalties for which include the following for first-time violators:

• Fine of up to $1,000

• Jail time of up to 30 days (pretty rare)

• Suspension of your driver’s license for 1-5 years

If your driver’s license is suspended or revoked, you are not legally allowed to drive until the time you fulfill the necessary requirements to get it back.

Do speeding tickets stay on my record?

Answer: Except for parking violations, all Hawaii traffic ticket citations will appear on your traffic abstract. Some violations may cause immediate suspension or cancellation of your Hawaii driver’s license. 

Additional information from the Hawaii State Judiciary below. 

HRS Section 287-3 requires that Traffic Violations Bureau abstracts contain “all alleged moving violations.” In addition, for state sanctioning purposes, Hawai`i courts must retain at least ten years of information about certain moving violations. 

Federal commercial driver’s license regulations require that the State be able to report information about drivers from the time the federal law became effective in the mid-1990s. See 49 U.S.C. 31301 et seq. Some of the reportable information must be kept for 55 years.


How can I find my lost Hawaii traffic ticket?

Answer: Contact Hawaii Traffic Violation Bureau (TVB) at 808-538-5500. They will ask for your name and your Hawaii Driver’s License Number.
You should ask for your Citation fee, whether you can pay your ticket online, by mail,  phone, or in person. Find out which payment methods are acceptable for which payment option.


Can I pay my Hawaii traffic ticket online?

Answer: Yes. To use eTraffic Hawaii, you must:
a) Pay the total amount written on the citation within 21 days after receiving the citation

b) Have your Hawaii traffic or parking citation number

c) Input your credit or debit card number, expiration date, and security

Hawaii e Traffic Home additional information:

You may pay by Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express. A Portal Administration Fee will be applied to cover the cost of this service and processing the payment. The total payment amount will be calculated and displayed prior to the completion of your transaction.

You will not be able to use this system if:

• You deny committing the offense(s) you were cited for or wish to explain circumstances mitigating the offense(s).

• Your citation indicates that you must appear in court for any of the offense(s) charged;

• You appeared in court and were ordered to pay fines, fees, costs, or other monetary assessments; or

• Your ticket has not been entered into the system. Since the law enforcement or other officer issuing a citation has 10 calendar days within which to file the citation with the court, it may take 13 calendar days or longer after you receive a citation for the information to be entered into the court's system. If you would like to make a payment before the ticket has been entered into the system, you may pay by mail using the pre-addressed envelope that accompanied the citation or use a regular enveloped addressed to the District Court located in the area where you received the citation. You may also pay in person at any District Court.

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Is it best to hire a Hawaii traffic ticket attorney?

If you are totally stumped by the the whole process, and want to fight your ticket in court, think about hiring an expert to navigate the legal system. If going to jail is a possibility, talk to a traffic ticket expert. Since many traffic ticket lawyers offer free consultation, it may be in your best interest to seek legal council.

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