Municipal Court FAQ
My license is suspended or I received notification from the DMV that my license will be suspended. What do I do?
Information regarding Missouri point assessment and suspended/revoked licenses is available at the Missouri Department of Revenue.
How much time do I have to pay my traffic ticket?
You have until the scheduled court date to pay a fine.
What if I need additional time to pay?
You must go in person to the Violations Bureau at the courthouse. The cashier will enter all outstanding money due on a payment contract. Fines for multiple tickets can be included in one contract. You will be required to pay 10% of the total balance to the court within 15 days. If you have any cases in warrant status, you will be required to pay 10% of the total balance before the payment contract will be issued and the warrants canceled.
If my ticket is payable, can I still plead not guilty and see a judge?
If you wish to dispute the citation, you must appear in court personally on the scheduled date, and enter a “not guilty” plea. Failure to appear in court on your scheduled court date can result in a warrant for your arrest.
What time should I arrive for my court date?
Please arrive 30-45 minutes before your scheduled hearing to allow enough time to go through security. Defendants are responsible for being on time and present in court when their cases are called. Those who are not could have a warrant issued for their arrest for failing to appear for the hearing.
I missed my court date and my case has gone into warrant status, what do I do?
- If the case is payable, you may either plead guilty and pay your fine or enter a payment contract and pay 10% of the total balance or post a bond to set a new court date.
- If the case is not payable, you must post bond to receive a new court date.
Can someone else take care of my warrant?
An attorney is the only person that can appear on your behalf in court.
How do I get back my bond money?
In order to receive a bond refund, you must appear in person at the Violations Bureau on the first floor of the courthouse to file a bond refund voucher. You must have a state issued identification card, such as, a driver license to verify your identity.
Can I post bond online?
All bonds must be paid in person at the Kansas City Missouri Police Department or at the Violations Bureau on the first floor of the courthouse. Bond hours at the Violations Bureau for cash and professional bonds are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for appeal bonds.
I filled out my bond refund voucher and have not received my refund yet?
After the bond refund voucher has been filed, the refund will be mailed within 7-10 business days.
What if I need an interpreter or disability accommodation for my court date?
If you need disability accommodations for your court date, please contact 311 at least three (3) business days prior to your court date, and tell the customer service representative what accommodations you will need.
How do I get my driver license reinstated?
Driver license reinstatement requirements are available at the Missouri Department of Revenue.