Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can I pay my ticket?

  • You may pay by certified check, cashier’s check, or money order and mail your payment to the Court.
  • You may pay by certified check, cashier’s check, money order, or cash at the Court in Carmel City Hall.
  • You may pay by credit/debit card online at www.govpaynow.com or by phone at 1-888-604-7888, and enter payment code #5988.

2. How can I find out what I owe?

You should have received a Schedule of Fines when you were given your ticket. You may also call the City Court at (317) 571-2440 for ticket information if you provide us with the ticket number or name on the ticket. Call during business hours Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

3. Where are you located? Where do I pay my ticket in person?

Carmel City Court is located in the Carmel City Hall at One Civic Square, Carmel, Indiana. City Hall is immediately south of the Carmel Police and Fire Departments on Gradle Drive.

You can pay your tickets at the Court located on the 2nd floor of City Hall. The Court is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

4. Do you accept personal checks?

No. We will accept certified checks, cashier’s checks, money order by mail. Cash payments will be accepted, if tendered directly to the Court.

5. Do you accept credit card and debit cards?

Yes. You can pay online or by phone with your credit/debit card. We do not accept credit/debit cards at the court office.

To pay online, visit: www.govpaynow.com, and enter Pay Location Code #5988. You will need your ticket number or cause number to complete the payment transaction.

To pay by phone, call 1-888-604-7888. Our Pay Location Code is 5988. You will need your ticket number or cause number to complete the payment transaction.

6. Is there an after hours drop box for ticket payments?

Not at this time. We are considering how this option may be used in the future. However, currently, there is no method to make after-hours payments.

7. Can I mail in my payment?

Yes. The court’s mailing address is:

Carmel City Court
One Civic Square
Carmel, Indiana 46032

Please do not mail cash.

8. Can I pay for my ticket online?

Yes. To pay online, visit: www.govpaynow.com, and enter Pay Location Code #5988. You will need your ticket number or cause number to complete the payment transaction.

9. When is my payment due?

The issuing officer wrote a court date at the bottom of your ticket. If you are not required to attend your court date, and if you do not wish to appear in Court, you must pay your ticket on or before this court date. If you cannot pay by this date, you can call the Court at (317) 571-2440 to request an extension.

10. Do I have to come to court?

Please review the Schedule of Fines to determine whether you must attend your court date.

11. Can I request a trial?

Yes, you have the right to a trial at which the issuing Officer would be present. You may bring any witnesses or evidence to the trial. The Court will assist you in bringing witnesses to trial.

12. If I come to court, do I have to pay my fine that day? Can I set up a payment plan?

No. We do not accept partial payments, but the Court can give you time to make your full payment at a later date.

13. What is the penalty for missing a court date and not paying?

There is a $25 late fee for all tickets not paid by the date assigned by the court, and any unpaid fines and court costs will be sent to an outside collection agency for action. Further, if you Fail to Pay your ticket on or before your court date or Fail to Appear at your court date, the City Court will notify the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) to suspend your driver’s license. The next notice you will receive will be from the BMV notifying you of the suspension of your driving privileges.

14. If I pay my ticket, will I get points on my driving record?

Yes, if your ticket was for a moving violation, such as Speeding or Unsafe Lane Change. The points will be part of your driving record for two years. If your ticket was for a non-moving violation, such as Expired License Plate, then no, you will not get points on your license.

15. How many points am I allowed on my license?

The (BMV) allows 16 points to accumulate on an individual driving record over a two-year period. If you have more than 16 points, the BMV will suspend your license and order you to attend an administrative hearing about your driving record.

A listing of the points assigned to some violations is provided below. A complete listing is available from the BMV.

Driver’s License Point Assessment
OFFENSE POINTS
Disregarding Automatic Signal 4
Disregarding Stop Sign 6
Disregarding Traffic Control Device 6
Driving While Suspended 8
Failure to Yield Right-of-Way 6
Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicle 8
Improper Turn 4
Improper Lane Usage 4
No Proof of Financial Responsibility 2
Speeding (1-15 MPH over) 2
Speeding (16-25 MPH over) 4
Speeding (+ 26 MPH over) 6
Wrong Way on a One Way 6

Points remain active on your license for two years. You are allowed to accumulate 16 active points over a two-year period.

16. Can I take a defensive driving class instead of paying my ticket?

No. If you wish to pay your ticket prior to your court date, and then take a defensive driving class to get credit toward the points on your license, you can call the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles at (317) 233-6000.

The Defensive Driving Course will give you credit for 4 points on your license. You can only take a Defensive Driving Course once every 3 years.

If you are convicted of two traffic violations in a twelve (12) month period of time, the BMV will require you to attend a defensive driving course. Your failure to attend a course as required will result in your license being suspended.

17. Do you have a diversion or deferral program?

No, the Carmel City Court does not have a diversion or deferral program. However, the Prosecutor’s Office does have a diversion and a deferral program (for misdemeanors and infractions), and the City Attorney does have a deferral program (for ordinance violations).  You should contact the deferral program coordinators at least three weeks before your first court appearance.

If you wish to avoid getting points on your license, you will have to contact either the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office (if you are charged with a misdemeanor or an infraction), at (317) 776-8415, or the City Attorney (if your ticket is for a city ordinance violation) , at (317) 571-2775, about the possibility of entering into one of those programs.

18. How many points do I have on my license currently?

The Court does not have that information. You can call the BMV at (888) 692-6841 with any questions about your driving record.

19. I got a notice from the BMV that my license is suspended. What do I need to do to get it reinstated?

If you Fail To Pay your ticket or Fail To Appear in Court, the Court will notify the BMV to suspend your driving privileges. To find out how much you owe at this point, you can call the City Court at (317) 571-2440.

You may pay in person or by mail. Once the City Court receives your payment, we will electronically submit the SR16, the Certification of Indiana Abstract of Court Record, reporting your payment to the BMV the same day. If you were suspended for Failure to Pay, it may take up to 10 working days to reinstate your license.