Court & Detention Services


​Court & Detention Services

​Frequently Asked Questions

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​If I received a Class C Misdemeanor citation from the City of Dallas, what do I do?

If within 21 calendar days of being issued, see your options under the “Resolve Your Ticket” section.

If your citation is older than 21 days and you have not taken action on it, see your options by (clicking here).

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What should I expect when requesting a court date (Pre-Trial Hearings)?

Pre-Trial Hearings

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What should I expect at Administrative Hearing Court?

The initial hearing/court date is on the citation. If the citizen is unable to appear or did not appear, they may file a motion/letter within 30 day from initial hearing to:
Attention: Administrative Hearing​ Officer Court
2014 Main Room 105, Dallas TX 75201​

The documents are sent for recommendation; a Judge will approve/deny the request, and then a ruling will be mailed back to the citizen at the address provided.

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I missed my court date. What are my options?

You have the following options available: 1) You may pay the fine; 2) you may post a cash bond usually for the amount of the fine, and request the case be reset for trial, or 3) you can hire an attorney.

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Do I have to pay for parking at 2014 Main Street?

Yes, there is paid parking provided by independent owners not affiliated with the City of Dallas. See the following link for reference: (Parking Map)

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The Dallas Police Department says I may bring my insurance card to have my Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility (FMFR) citation dismissed. Is that correct?

This type of citation may be dismissed by a Judge and is not handled at the window. You must provide the Prosecutor the declaration page of your insurance policy through Proof or Plea Court or by mail. An Insurance card is not sufficient.
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Where can I learn more about Driver Safety Course and Deferred Disposition for dismissing a citation?

View our Deferred Disposition & Driver Safety School page under the “Resolve Your Ticket” webpage to learn more.

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If I have a warrant, will I get arrested when I pay in person?

No, we do not have arresting officers at our location waiting for anyone. If you see uniformed personnel, they are either there as bailiffs, or called to appear in court.

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I need information regarding a County, Federal, or Department of Public Safety Office citation.

County Information is (214) 761-9025

Federal Information is 1-800-688-9889

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I received a letter from Department of Public Safety regarding the suspension of my driver's license.  How can I get this corrected?

You will need to contact the local DPS office for further information or the person whom sent you the letter.

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How can I request a Payment Plan?

Learn more in our Payment Plan section.

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What do I do if my court date is two months away and I need my registration immediately?

Pay your fine in full.

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What is the Scofflaw Vehicle Registration Denial Program?

To better understand the Scofflaw Vehicle Registration Denial Program, please see our Scofflaw Pamphlet (PDF, in English and en español). ​​​​​​​