Citations or traffic tickets are issued in the State of Georgia for various violations of traffic law. You must respond to a citation, usually by paying a fine or appearing in court. Failure to do so may result in a warrant being issued for your arrest and/or your driver's license being suspended.
If you lose a traffic ticket after receiving it, please contact the Port Wentworth Police Department at 912-964-4360.
If you wish to dispute the citation, you must appear in court personally on the scheduled date, and enter a not guilty plea. Appearing in court gives you an opportunity to fight the traffic ticket in front of a judge or jury. Some people prefer to hire a lawyer to defend them in court.
Remember, you cannot be found guilty of committing a traffic offense unless there is clear, accurate and convincing evidence that you committed the violation.
A state licensed, Spanish speaking court interpreter is available for all legal proceedings in which a non-English speaking person is a party or a witness. Persons in need of this service should contact the court directly, by calling 912.964.4360.
When you pay a ticket, you are essentially pleading guilty to a traffic offense. You should be aware that receiving and paying a traffic citation could result in higher car insurance rates and points on your driving record. An accumulation of too many points on your driving record could result in your license being suspended.
If you decide to plead guilty to a traffic violation, there are several ways to pay the ticket. Generally, the back of the citation will clearly indicate the deadlines and options for answering the ticket. Usually, you must act within 15 days of receiving a traffic ticket to avoid additional fines and possible suspension of your license.
Pay in person. Traffic tickets can be paid in person at the City of Port Wentworth Police Department located at 323 Cantyre Street. Please be sure to bring the citation with you. Cash is the only acceptable method of payment. If you decide to plead not guilty and dispute the ticket, read the instructions on the back of the ticket carefully. The instructions will generally indicate when and how to plead not guilty, as well as provide information about appearing in court to dispute your ticket.
Pay online. The City also offers a convenient online payment system to pay your fine with a credit or debit card.
7224 GA Highway 21
Port Wentworth, Georgia 31407
8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday
Department Phone Numbers
Development Services - (912) 999-2084
Leisure Services - (912) 966-7428
Police - (912) 964-4360
Public Works - (912) 966-7427
Fire - (912) 966-7425
Senior Citizens Center - (912) 964-5411
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