Fines & Restitution
Persons found responsible, or entering a plea of responsible, will be ordered by the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) to attend and successfully complete Traffic Survival School (TSS). If you are eligible for defensive driving school and complete the class, the violation will be dismissed and you will not be subject to the requirement to attend a TSS class by the MVD.
You have an obligation to pay your fines on the date of sentencing, once you have…
- entered a plea
- have been found guilty or responsible of a violation
- plead "Guilty" or "No Contest" to criminal violations
- plead "Responsible" for civil traffic violations
Calculate What You Owe
To calculate the total amount due on a civil traffic citation, refer to the violation code(s) on the bond envelope given to you or, visit the Fine Calculator to calculate your total due and pay online.
If you have questions about the violation charged, or the fine amount due, contact the Court at 623.222.4800 or appear in person during regular business hours.
The Surprise City Court accepts VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover Card for online payments. All transactions will incur a service fee.
You will need to have your case number or complaint number available in order to complete your online transaction. You may search for your case number online at www.azcourts.gov. Please allow 48 business hours for your new complaint to be entered into the courts case management system.
Need help calculating your fines? Use the Fine Calculator to calculate your total amount due and pay online. A $30 dollar mandatory enhancement fee is calculated into your total amount due.
If you are already know the amount due, proceed to the nCourt website to make your payment.
If you experience trouble with making an online payment, please contact the Court at 623.222.4800.
If you are not able to pay the total amount in full, you must contact the court to request a payment plan.
Pay at the Court
Payments are accepted in person at the front counter located in the lobby of the Court during business hours. Notice: All debit/credit card transactions will incur a convenience fee.
Coming Soon! - Card payments can be made at the Court Kiosk during regular business hours.
Court Address / Map:
16081 N. Civic Center Plaza, Suite 105
Surprise, AZ 85374
Online Map / Directions
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
After Hours Payments:
A payment drop box is located near the court entrance. Do not place cash payments in the drop box.
The Court accepts the following payment types:
- Cash (in-person payments only)
- VISA/MasterCard/American Express/Discover Card
- Debit Cards - ALL DEBIT CARDS must be processed as credit.
- Personal Checks; Certified Checks
- Money Orders
THIRD PARTY Checks are NOT accepted
Note: Personal checks NOT accepted on cases with an active warrant.
Use the Payment Drop Box
You can drop off payments to the Court in a specially designated payment drop box located in front of the Court near the mailboxes. The payment drop box is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. No cash payments please.
- If a receipt is requested, payee must provide a self-addressed stamped envelope.
- A $15 fee will be added to the account paid where there are ‘Insufficient Funds’ or the check is otherwise returned to the court from the bank.
- Please save all your receipts. This is your proof of payment.
- Over-payments less than $10.00 will be refunded only upon written request received within 10 business days of date posted.
Options by Phone
For other payment options contact the Court at 623.222.4800
Pay by Mail
Mail your payment to:
Surprise City Court
16081 N. Civic Center Plaza, Suite 105
Surprise, AZ 85374
Please include your citation or case number on the envelope along with a check, money order or cashiers check.
Please do not send cash.
If you are financially unable to meet your court ordered obligation on the day of sentencing, you may request a payment plan. This can only be considered once you have completed the detailed financial application and make a required down payment.
With an approved payment plan you can pay online.
For Civil Traffic Charges, the Court will issue:
Suspend driving privileges and Administrative Fees totaling $100 will be added to your total obligation. Go to FARE website to pay obligation.
For Criminal Traffic Charges, the Court will issue:
A warrant for your arrest, your driving privileges will be suspended, and Administrative Fees totaling $250 will be added to your total obligation. To resolve this matter, you must appear in court. Call 623-222-4800 to schedule a court date.
For Criminal Charges, the Court will issue:
A warrant for your arrest and Administrative Fees totaling $200 will be added to your total obligation.
If you FAIL TO COMPLY with any court order, the Court will suspended your driving privileges and/or issue a warrant for your arrest resulting in additional fees and reporting the balance due to a credit agency for collection.
If your case has been referred to a collection agency, you may pay your amount due on the FARE Enforcement Program website or call toll-free 1-866-859-2527. Please have your collection notice number available.
Learn more about FARE | Make a payment online at the FARE website.
The Surprise City Court may have received payment on your behalf through the Arizona State Income Tax Inception Program. Please note that although a refund intercept satisfies fines due at this court, driving privileges will remain suspended through MVD until reinstatement fees are paid. Reinstatement fees may be paid at any MVD office.
MVD General Public Phone Numbers
Elsewhere in AZ: 800.251.5866
Drivers License Reinstatement
Before attempting to reinstate your drivers license by phone or online, please call the General Public Number (listed above) to make certain the complaint is in the MVD Database.
By Phone: 877.301.5866