What if I Lost My NYC Traffic Ticket?

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What if I Lost My NYC Traffic Ticket?

There are generally two types of reactions when you lose a traffic ticket. Some people just shrug and ignore the ticket—which is never a good idea—and some people fret about it endlessly but have no idea how to fix the situation.


There is, however, a third option available, which is speaking with a New York City traffic ticket lawyer from the Law Office of James Medows. Not only can we obtain a new copy of the lost traffic ticket, we can also help you challenge it in court and possibly get the charge dismissed.

Never Ignore a Traffic Ticket!

If you lose your ticket or it gets destroyed somehow, don’t get upset. There is a procedure in place to recall a traffic ticket.


The process can be long and tedious, but it can still be done.


No matter what, don’t just forget about it or ignore the situation. The penalties for not responding to or paying a traffic ticket are generally far worse than the penalties associated with the traffic offense.

How to Print a Duplicate Ticket

The process for replacing an NYC traffic ticket is all online and requires you to submit some information.


First, your ticket must be from the Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB) and the original must have said so at the bottom. It must also be a current ticket, meaning that it is still open and unpaid.


You need the Traffic Violations Bureau ticket number, but if that is missing, as well, you can input either your New York State drivers license information or your full name, date of birth, and gender.

If the Duplicate Ticket Request Fails

If you cannot find your ticket through the above method, the attempt will provide you with instructions about how to continue with the process.


The ticket must be answerable to the Traffic Violations Bureau and not involve parking violations, criminal driving violations (such as driving while intoxicated or reckless driving), or any tickets from a local court.


You also cannot use this method if the ticket has been dismissed or if you have already been convicted and paid the fine, as this will make it a closed ticket.

Help from a New York City Traffic Attorney

There are several steps to acquiring a duplicate ticket, and even if you succeed in getting a replacement, it can take a long time. In the end, you must still fight the charge to save yourself expensive financial costs and the possible loss of your license.


Any traffic violation really requires an experienced hand to guide you through the process and take care of the legal aspects. The financial penalties, the time it takes, and the insurance hikes are more than enough reason to reach out to a lawyer, regardless of the loss of your ticket.


Speak with a New York City traffic ticket lawyer from the Law Office of James Medows so that we can get started on your defense. If a large amount of time has elapsed, we can request an extension so that we can properly defend you.


Call us at 917-856-1247 or submit the form below to schedule a free, confidential consultation to discuss your case in detail.

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