Missouri Speeding Ticket

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If you get hit with a speeding ticket in Missouri, you can either plead guilty and pay the fine or appear in court to plead not guilty. Speeding tickets will set you back at least $50.50, but the fine depends on how fast you were driving, among other details.
The consequences of a speeding ticket can be far-reaching. In addition to paying a fine if you plead guilty, you will likely see an increase in your car insurance rates, have points added to your driving record, and even risk losing your license.
Speeding tickets are handled differently in each state, so it’s important to understand your own state’s rules. That’s why the car insurance comparison and broker app Jerry has gathered everything you need to know about paying or fighting a Missouri speeding ticket.

What happens if you get a speeding ticket in Missouri?

If you get caught speeding in Missouri, a law enforcement officer will pull your vehicle over and ask to see your license, registration, and/or proof of insurance. After explaining the reason for the stop, the officer will either let you off with a warning or give you a traffic ticket, which may or may not include a fine.
You will need to sign the ticket to show that you received it and that you promise to either pay the fine or appear in court on the specified date. Don’t worry—signing the ticket is not an admission of guilt. If you feel that the ticket was unfair, you will have a chance to contest it in court.

What are the fines for a speeding ticket in Missouri?

If you get a speeding ticket, you will be fined a minimum of $50.50, and this fee will increase depending on your speed at the time of the incident:
SpeedTicket fee
1 to 5 mph over speed limit$50.50
6 to 10 mph over speed limit$60.50
11 to 15 mph over speed limit$70.50
16 to 19 mph over speed limit$100.50
20 to 25 mph over speed limit$155.50
If you are caught speeding in a construction zone or a work zone, you will be charged a minimum $250 fine for your first offense and a minimum $300 fine for subsequent offenses.
All traffic fines are subject to additional fees, including a court fee.

Options for dealing with a speeding ticket in Missouri

If you receive a speeding ticket in Missouri, you can either:
  • Plead guilty and pay the ticket fine
  • Appear in court on the date listed on your ticket and plead not guilty
Either way, you need to act by the court date listed on your ticket. Otherwise, your driver’s license could be suspended and there may be a warrant issued for your arrest.

How to pay a speeding ticket in Missouri

You can pay the fine listed on your speeding ticket in one of three ways:
    • Search for your case using the citation number on your ticket
    • Pay the entire amount listed, as well as an online processing fee
  • By mailing the signed Plea of Guilty, Appearance and Waiver, as well as a check or money order for the full amount of your fine, to the court named on your ticket
    • Include the citation number and your phone number on the check or money order
  • In-person at the court named on your ticket
Afterward, two to three points will be added to your Missouri driving record for speeding.
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How to fight a speeding ticket in Missouri

To fight your speeding ticket, you will need to appear in court on the date specified on your ticket and plead not guilty. You may have an attorney represent you if you wish.

What if you can’t afford to pay your speeding ticket?

If you can’t pay the entire amount listed on your ticket, you must appear in court to request a payment plan

Will a speeding ticket increase your insurance?

Your insurance premium will most likely increase after a speeding ticket because your driving record is a super important part of your insurance calculation. On average, insurance rates tend to increase by about 25% after a speeding ticket, although yours could go up more depending on how fast you were driving.
If your insurance rates went up after a speeding ticket, search for a lower rate using the Jerry app. A licensed broker, the Jerry app gathers customized and affordable quotes, helps you switch plans, and will even help you cancel your old policy.
“My speeding ticket raised my insurance to $310/month. Jerry got me full comprehensive coverage on two vehicles for $144/month through Progressive. I definitely recommend giving them a try.” —Brandon D.

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If you don’t fight your speeding ticket, you will need to either pay the fine by the deadline indicated on your ticket or appear in court to request a payment plan. If you fail to act on either of these options, you could lose your license.
You could also lose your license if you already have a lot of driving points on your record for speeding or any other infractions. A speeding ticket typically adds two or three points to your record. If you accumulate eight points or more in 18 months, your license will be suspended for at least 30 days.
You might consider fighting your speeding ticket if you have evidence and/or witnesses that can prove that you weren’t speeding. Otherwise, you will have to pay the ticket or request a payment plan.

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