Driving Safety

No Insurance (Fail to Maintain Financial Responsibility)


If the vehicle you were driving was actually insured at the time of the ticket, the Court will dismiss the citation. You must submit proof of insurance at or before the court date on your ticket.

If the vehicle you were driving was not insured at the time of the ticket, you will be subject to a fine of approximately $950, and your license or privilege to drive will be suspended for three months. In order to have the fine reduced by $700 and avoid the license suspension, you must provide:

• A valid 6-month policy of vehicle liability insurance and,
• A copy of your driving record for the past three years

If you have two or more violations for No Insurance in the last three years, you will not be eligible for the reduction in fine and waiver of license suspension.

General Information regarding Photo Enforcement Notice of Violation, (NOV’s)


A notice of violation, (NOV) is when a speeding infraction has occurred and the driver may or may not be the registered owner. The Registered Owner will receive a NOV and upon receipt of this document, the City affords the registered owner the opportunity to identify the actual driver by completing Option B and mailing to the Traffic Enforcement Office, P.O. Box 42034, Phoenix, AZ. 85080-9803. DO NOT mail this document to the Court or the El Mirage Police Department.

Timely action by the registered owner in submitting this document may result in the dismissal of the citation in the registered owners name and re-issued to the responsible party (based on the information submitted by the registered owner). Failure to timely forward the Option B form may result in Service of Process Action in which the registered owner will be assessed an additional $26.00 for this process. NOTE: This fee will not be waived.

When pleading responsible to the citation and paying in full, please include the citation number on your check or money order. Please do not mail cash. NOTE: If the case is suspended for non-payment (Default) the Court will not accept a personal check to pay and close the case.

Traffic School/Defensive Driving School


For civil traffic offenses which are moving violations, such as speeding or running a red light, you may be eligible to attend a Defensive Driving School to have one charge dismissed. If you have not attended a school within one (1) years of any past violation and you do not have a Commercial driver’s license, you may be eligible. Attending the school in residence or on line, one moving violation will be dismissed with no points against your license. You must pay the school the fee on the day you attend. If you fail to attend by the time given you by the court, the charge against you will be defaulted, a fine imposed, and your license suspended. The due date for completion of the Course is seven (7) days before the date on your Court-ordered extension, to allow the school time to report to the Court. If you complete the Course online, the due date is seven (7) days before the Court date.

School Contact Information:


To access a list of certified schools by phone, call: 1-888-334-5565
Internet Registration and Online Course: www.azdrive.com
If you have questions, email to: ddrive@courts.az.gov

Fees, Fines, & Course Costs


A defendant may complete a defensive driving course for a civil traffic offense. However, the completion of a driving safety course is not allowed for defendants holding a commercial driver's license. A defendant is required to pay the necessary costs associated with the defensive driving course. After successful completion of the safety course, the Court will dismiss the charge.

Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) Actions


MVD may take action on your license based upon your plea or conviction, including possibly suspending your license due to points or for other reasons. For red light violations, in addition to assessing points, MVD may require you to attend Traffic Survival School in order to keep your license. The Court has no control over MVD’s actions.

Payment


Your fine is due in full today, and payment may be made by cash, personal check, money order, or credit card (MC/Visa). If you are unable to pay in full today, the Court must add a $20 time-payment fee. If you do not pay your fine, your license or privilege to drive can be suspended, which may result in criminal charges if you are stopped while driving. There will also be additional collection fees and your case will go into collections, including the interception of tax returns. If you choose to pay the fine, please advise the clerk or the Judge at your arraignment.

Contact Us
If you have any questions, please contact the El Mirage City Court at: 623-815-2186.