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 and having your driver’s license revoked.
Installment Payment Agreement
Guidelines VA Code
§19.2-354 VA Code
§46.2-395. Default of any installment payments may subject you to a fine or
imprisonment and suspension of the privilege to operate a motor vehicle. VA Code
Payment agreements are arranged at the clerk’s
office on the second floor of the courthouse at 7507 Library Drive, Hanover,
The clerk’s office accepts payment of court
costs, fines and restitution made in person, by mail, or by credit card over
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:
7507 Library Dr.
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 court costs and fines via
phone. Please call (804) 365-3137. There is a 2% charge for credit card