How do I pay a traffic citation?
The "bond" amount is the amount of your fine and is located on the front of your citation. Bond must be received within 14 days of the issue of the citation.
If the citation states "MAY FORFEIT," you may elect to "post the bond" (pay the fine) or contest it.
If the citation states you "MUST APPEAR," you are required to appear in court on the date listed on your citation and the option to contest the citation does not apply to you.
If the citation states "MAY FIX-IT," you may elect to pay the bond, contest the citation or fix the defect, have it inspected by a law enforcement officer (who will then sign the citation) and file it with the Clerk of Court's office within 14 days after the date of the citation.
Failure to post or forfeit bond within 14 days shall be a class B misdemeanor.
How can I contest a traffic citation?
If you choose to contest the offense you were cited for, you must request a hearing in person or in writing AND post the bond within 14 days of the issue of the citation. The Clerk of Court's office will notify you of the hearing date.
Clerk of Court office hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays.
Phone Number: 701.241.1316
Location: 402 NP Ave. N., Fargo
After the person has posted bond, the court clerk will assign a court date. On the specified date, the person will be able to plead his or her case before a judge and question the officer. If the judge rules in the person's favor, the bond he or she posted will be refunded.
If a person is aggrieved by the findings that he or she committed the violation, he or she may appeal to the District Court for trial by the court.
Failure to pay a parking fine within 15 days from the date issued will result in an additional $5.00 fee. If you have two or more unpaid or unsettled tickets that are at least 15 days old, your vehicle may be towed and impounded. The owner of the vehicle shall be responsible for payment of all impound fees as specified by the impounding service provider plus all open parking fines due. The impounding agency requires payment in cash.
How do I pay a parking ticket?
Mail: Please make your check or money order payable to the City of Fargo. Write the ticket number and license plate number on the check or money order. Enclose the parking ticket and payment in the envelope provided. Write your name and address above and add a stamp. Payments must be received before the due date to avoid additional penalties. Do not mail cash.
In person: Make a payment in person at the Fargo City Hall Collections Department, 225 4 Street North, Fargo, between 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
By phone: 701.809.9037
How can I contest a parking ticket?
Any person who feels that a City of Fargo parking ticket was issued in error may contest the parking ticket by completing the city notice of appeal form. Enter your parking ticket or license plate number to find your ticket and click search, choose appeal and complete the form then click "appeal now."
All persons receiving a citation have a right to appeal within five days of receiving the ticket. The administrative review involves no court appearance. The appeal will be reviewed within five days by a Fargo Police Department sergeant. If the administrative review is denied, you are obligated to pay the fine noted on the ticket within five days of notice of denial. You will only be notified if this appeal is denied and, in that case, the $5.00 penalty still becomes effective 15 days after the date the ticket was issued.
General Reasons the Violation Will Not Be Dismissed
Below are some commonly listed reasons given for violating parking regulations. While these reasons may seem valid to the violator, they do not address City of Fargo Ordinances. These reasons generally will not result in the violations being dismissed, or the violator being successful on an appeal.
- Short errands: No errand, no matter how short or how important to the driver, is an acceptable excuse for illegal parking. A short errand is a very common excuse. It is not a valid reason for illegal parking.
- "I was late for business or a personal appointment."
- "There was no other place to park."
- "I didn't see the sign," or "I didn't understand the sign."
- "Only part of my car was illegally parked." A violation is not based on a certain percentage of the vehicle being illegally parked. If part of the vehicle extends into a restricted area, the violation is the same as if the entire vehicle is encroached.
- "I left someone in the car," "I left my parking lights on (or blinking)," "I left a note on the car as to my whereabouts," or "I left the motor running." The purpose of parking regulations is to restrict vehicle from certain places.
- "It was only a few minutes."
- "Nobody else got a ticket." Sometimes the officer may have had to leave the area before checking all the vehicles, however, a parking citation stands on its own.
- "Someone else had my car; I wasn't even driving it." The registered owner has joint responsibility with the person driving his or her car. Unless it can be shown by the registered owner that the car was driven without permission, the registered owner, renter or lessee is responsible for a parking citation.
- "The violation was not enforced in the past." This normally is not the case, however, inadequate staffing or other priorities may give rise to violations not being enforced continually; however, apparent failure to enforce parking laws does not constitute a valid excuse for illegal parking.
- "I've done it for years," or "Everybody else does it."
NDSU Parking Tickets
If your parking ticket was issued by the NDSU Police, please complete the University's appeal website.