Paying Prior to Court
Most traffic violations may be resolved by paying a fine found on the ticket. Those choosing to do so may pay by mail or in person at the court specialist's window. The Court will also accept telephone payments by credit card provided that a signed copy of the plea has been received. Payments online are also accepted; visit
Pay Ticket Online. By making payment, the person admits their guilt to the charge, or amended charge if the Court has made an offer. A record of conviction is then forwarded to the Division of Motor Vehicle (DMV). The DMV assesses the appropriate penalty points to each violator’s driving history, as established by state law.
Here are some things to remember when mailing in your payment:
- Make sure to include your ticket number on your payment and make sure you are using the correct address. The court processes thousands of summonses each year, and it is important to ensure that your payment is credited to your case. There are many courts in Colorado and they all have different procedures. Thornton Municipal Court has two forms of summonses. One form is blue and begins with the letter T. The other form is white and starts with the letter E. Read the summons carefully to ensure you have the correct address.
- Never mail cash. If you wish to pay in cash, please pay in person at the court specialists’ window during business hours. The court accepts checks, money orders, cash, Visa, MasterCard and Discover cards. We do not accept temporary checks.
Always pay on time. Late payments could result in a warrant for your arrest. Additional fines and fees are added to all cases that are not paid on time.
Proof of Insurance: Charged with No Proof of Insurance
If you have been charged with not having proof of insurance and
you were insured on the date you received the violation, you will be required
to show proof that your insurance was valid at the date and time when the
ticket was issued. To help expedite the process, please provide proof prior to
your court date. If the only charge on your ticket is No Proof of
Insurance, and your vehicle was insured at the date and time of the violation,
you may resolve your case without appearing in court. If the
information is confirmed, your ticket will be dismissed and you will not be
required to appear. (Providing
proof of insurance does not waive your requirement to appear. It
is your responsibility to confirm whether or not your ticket has been dismissed
before your scheduled court date).
Please mail, fax, or email a letter from your insurance carrier
(letterhead required) that shows that your policy was valid at the day
and time of the violation. Click here for samples of verification letters the City Prosecutors will accept. The Prosecuting Attorney’s office will
verify the information provided. If you have any questions or concerns
regarding proof of insurance, you may contact the Prosecuting Attorney’s office
You may provide proof either by:
Mail: Prosecuting Attorney’s Office at 9551 Civic Center Dr., Thornton, CO 80229,
Fax: 720-977-5433 or
If you did not have insurance at the time you received the
ticket or if your insurance is not accepted (verifiable) by the Prosecuting
Attorney’s office, you must appear in court on the date and time on the front
of your summons. If the No Proof of Insurance is not the
only charge on your ticket and you have not received/accepted a plea bargain
offer on the remaining charge(s), you must appear in court. Failure to appear in court on your
scheduled court date may result in the issuance of a warrant for your arrest. Other penalties may also be imposed, such as imposition of additional
fees, points against your driving record, referral to a private
collections agency, and/or incarceration.
The Thornton Municipal Court is located
at 9551 Civic Center Drive. Please confirm that the home address on your ticket
is correct and update any address information with the Court.