Court & Detention Services

You have 31 days from when the citation was issued to appear. You may make your appearance online, by mail, by telephone, and in person. Live Chat and email do not satisfy an appearance. If you fail to make your appearance within the 21 days, you are subject to added fines, fees, and possible warrants for your arrest. NON-Civil citations have 21 days to appear. If you are unsure which type of citation you received, you can contact the Court before the 21 days expires to verify.

Civil Citations

About Civil Citations:

If the person charged is a corporation or a business entity, the corporation or business entity must be represented by an attorney.

Mailing in or making an online payment of the penalty amount will not prevent citations from being issued in the future if violations continue on the property. Please note that a lawsuit requesting injunctive relief may be filed against the person charged if such person fails to take all actions necessary to remedy the ordinance violation(s) on the property. This suit would ask the court to order that the property be brought into compliance with the Dallas City Code. Also, note that the City of Dallas may seek civil penalties of up to $1,000 per day for each violation.

Dallas Municipal Court provides various ways for you to make a payment on your citation. See below for a link to the payment options. Civil citations are NOT eligible for payment plans online. 

I hereby understand that case payment will result in a waiver of a jury trial and a finding of guilty, which may be reported to the Texas Department of Public Safety in accordance with Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Art. 27.14(c). The defendant also waives the right to receive discovery from the State, Art. 39.14. 

To review citation(s), status, or balances (Click Here). Example: (C12123456 Do not enter the dash) (Warrants will appear in red)

Paying Civil Citations:

I understand that by paying the fine and costs online:

  •  A plea of No Contest and a disposition of Guilty will be entered on my case.

  • Making a payment after court hours, on weekends and holidays, will not post in the system until the following business day.

  • Verify payments made by calling 214-670-0109, or Citation SearchPlease allow time for the amount to process.

  • Failure to make arrangements by the due date may result in violations being turned over to a collection agency. 

  • Civil Citations are not eligible for a payment plan.