How to Pay or Appeal a Citation
Upon issuing the
citation, the officer will select one of the following boxes appearing on
the face of the citation:
1. All Civil Infractions
2. Criminal Complaint
1. All Civil
All of the violations with which you are charged are civil infractions.
A. Payment: You must, within twenty (20)
days of the date of the citation, mark Box 1 on the reverse side of the
citation, sign where indicated, and mail the "total due" in the
envelope provided. Payment is the final disposition of the citation and you
waive your right to a civil hearing before a court magistrate. Payment is
an admission of responsibility for all infractions and purposes of the Safe
Driver Insurance Plan and any Registry action under the law. Such payment
is not an admission of guilt, responsibility or negligence in any other
criminal or civil proceeding.
To Pay By Mail: Make check or money order
payable to: "Registry of Motor Vehicles." Write the citation
number, your driver license number and state of issue on your payment. Do
not mail cash.
Please remember to
check off the PAYMENT box on the front of the envelope that the police
officer provided and mail to the following address:
BOSTON, MA 02119-9125
To Pay By
Access the Registry at http:/www.massrmv.com and have your citation number and MasterCard, Discover Card,
or Visa ready.
To Pay By Phone: Telephone 617-351-4500 or
800-858-3926 between the hours of 9 AM through 7 PM, Monday through Friday.
B. Request a Court
must, within twenty (20) days of the date of the citation, mark Box 2 on the
reverse side of the citation, sign where indicated, and mail the citation
in the envelope provided. You will be notified of the date and time of your
court hearing by mail. The notice will be sent to the address appearing on
the front of the citation. Please enter your correct address on the front
of the envelope provided by the officer. Also, remember to check the
HEARING REQUEST box on the front of the envelope. Place the citation in the
envelope provided and mail to:
BOSTON, MA 02119-9125
If this box is checked, one or more of the violations is a criminal
offense. You will be granted a clerk-magistrate hearing as to whether a
criminal complaint should be issued against you if you sign where indicated
and return the citation within four (4) days to the court named on the
front of the citation. Make sure you provide a correct address. The court
jurisdiction for the Town of Newbury
is as follows:
civil infractions will be determined during the criminal proceedings and
cannot be paid in advance.
3. Arrest. If this box is checked, you
will have been arrested and taken into custody. You will have been released
from custody by a clerk-magistrate and provided with the date to appear in
court, or, if not released, you will have been brought to court and
arraigned on the charges.
If you are unsure of
the date you are to appear in court, please contact the Newburyport
Division of the District Court at (978) 462-2652.