Most traffic tickets issued in Virginia are handled by the General District Court. Always pay special attention to the paperwork you receive as it will tell you how and where to make your payment. If your ticket or fine is payable to the General District Court, you may be able to pay
If you have questions, contact the
General District Court.
Court costs, fines, and restitution are due when the court pronounces judgment. The total amount of court costs and fines owed is docketed as a judgment in the circuit court clerk’s office if you do not pay the day of court. This judgment is a lien on
real estate you own in Hanover County. Unpaid court costs, fines and restitution are also reported to the Virginia Department of Taxation for Set-off Debt Collection, so your state tax refund or lottery winnings may be sent to the clerk’s office to pay your court debt.
Delinquent accounts accrue interest and are reported to the Virginia Department of Taxation which acts as the debt collector for Hanover County Circuit Court. When that is done an additional one-time 17% collection fee is added to the amount you owe.
If you cannot make full payment within 30 days you must make an installment payment agreement at the circuit court clerk’s office to avoid having interest accrue on the money owed for court costs and fines, your account being referred to the Department of Taxation for
collections, and having your driver’s license revoked.
Installment Payment Agreement Guidelines Rule 1:24
VA Code §19.2-354
VA Code §46.2-395.
Payment agreements are arranged at the clerk’s office on the second floor of the courthouse at 7530 County Complex Road, Hanover, Virginia 23069.
The clerk’s office accepts payment of court costs, fines and restitution made in person, by mail, or by credit card over the telephone.
Payments can be made at the criminal division office, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., on the second floor of the courthouse, which is located at:
7530 County Complex Road
Hanover, VA 23069
Payment can be mailed to:
Hanover Circuit Court Clerk’s Office
Attn: Criminal Division
P.O. Box 39
Hanover, VA 23069
When paying a fine by mail, please identify the account to which payment should be credited. In the case of criminal fines, this means you should include the case number and defendant’s name. The case number is important if there are multiple accounts under the defendant’s name.
The Clerk’s Office accepts credit card payments for court cost and fines via phone. Please call (804) 365-3137 if you want to pay by phone.
The Circuit Court Clerk’s Office accepts VISA and MasterCard credit card payments for Circuit Court and fines via phone. Please call (804) 365-3137. There is a 2% charge for credit card transactions. The Circuit Court Clerk’s Office cannot take payments for fines or costs associated with the District Court. For fines or costs associated with the District Court please see the top of this webpage.