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Traffic Citations

Important information about your Traffic Citation.

A Traffic Arraignment is a court hearing. The hearing is held in Courtroom 320 of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court which is located at 401 Lomas NW.

A Traffic Arraignment is your opportunity to resolve your traffic citations in one court visit. You will see a judge that day. Please bring your citations and documents with you to court.

No cell phones, pagers, or camera-capable devices are allowed in the building.

The date and time indicated on the bottom of your citation is your Traffic Arraignment date. You must appear in court on that date and time, unless you resolve your citation(s) by 4:00 p.m. the day before your Traffic Arraignment date. You may resolve your citation(s) by:

  • Paying your citation(s); or
  • Registering for Driver Improvement School, if permitted; and/or
  • Providing documentation, which will permit the court to dismiss your citation(s).

All citations from a single stop must be resolved together, either at the Metropolitan Court Customer Service Department or at your Traffic Arraignment.

Paying Your Citations

Pay your citation(s) in advance of your Traffic Arraignment date by:

  • Calling 841-8151 and paying with a credit card. VISA, MasterCard or Diner's Club only; or
  • Paying in person at the Metropolitan Court Customer Service Department; or
  • Mailing payment along with the citation(s) to the:

Metropolitan Court
Customer Service Division
P.O. Box 133
Albuquerque, NM  87103

Your payment must be received before your Traffic Arraignment date or your payment will be returned. A BENCH WARRANT will be issued for your arrest, an additional $100.00 warrant fee will be assessed and your license will be suspended. The court is not responsible for mail delays.

Note: if you cannot afford the fines and fees on a citation in full, you may request to perform community service hours or arrange to make payments.

If the "Penalty Assessment" box is checked on your citation, you must pay the penalty assessment by mail.   The address is noted on the back of your citation.  The citation cannot be scheduled for a Traffic Arraignment or Driver Improvement School.

If the "Court Appearance" box is checked on your citation, you must appear in person in Metropolitan Court Customer Service Department by the date indicated on your citation.

Do not mail court appearance or traffic arraignment citations to the Santa Fe Motor Vehicle Department (MVD).

Driver Improvement School

Most moving violations have points associated with them. Points may affect your privilege to drive and/or your insurance rates.  Points will not be added to your driving record for certain moving violations if you attend Driver Improvement School.

For information about the school and how it may benefit you please call the Metropolitan Court Customer Service Division at (505) 841-8151.

Parking Citations

The Parking Management Division of the Department of Municipal Development manages all aspects of the City owned parking facilities and parking meter system, including enforcement and maintenance.

Read more about Parking Citations.

Parking Management Division Contact Information:

Phone: (505) 924-3950
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1293 Albuquerque, NM 87102
Physical Address:
600 2nd St. NW, Plaza Del Sol Building, Room 510

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