Frequently Asked Question
1. What is NJMCdirect.com?
NJMCdirect is a fast, secure and convenient way to access and pay your traffic tickets online.
2. What are the online payment hours?
The online payment hours are Monday – Thursday 7:30am – 11:45pm (EST); Friday 7:30am – 10:45pm (EST); Saturday 7:30am - 3:45pm (EST); and Sunday 1pm – 11:45pm (EST).
3. What methods of payment does the site accept?
NJMCdirect accepts VISA and MasterCard or any card that contains the VISA or MasterCard logo.
4. What information will I need to search for and pay my ticket or time payment order online?
You will need to have the Newark Municipal Court code: 0714; your license plate number and the summons number- prefix included.
5. Can I view ticket samples and time payment order samples online?
Yes, ticket samples and time payment order samples are online.
6. What if I don’t have my ticket information? Can I still pay online?
No, you will need to have the ticket number, plate and court code (0714) information.
7. Will I incur any fees for paying online?
Yes, there is a convenience fee for paying through NJMCdirect. If the fine amount is under $40- the fee is $1; if the fine amount is from $41 to $87- the fee is $2; if the fine amount is $88 to $200- the fee is $3; if the fine amount is greater than $200- the fee is $4.
8. If I received a traffic ticket today, can I view or pay it today?
A traffic ticket is available to be paid on NJMCdirect usually between one and four days of issuance. Electronic tickets can be paid on the same day as received.
9. Can all tickets be paid through NJMCdirect.com?
No. At this time, no criminal fines can be paid online. For parking and traffic fines, all with payable fines that do not require a court appearance can be paid online. Please note that you will be unable to pay online if you have an active warrant against you.
10. Can I view all of my traffic tickets or time payment orders with my plate or driver's license number?
No, you will need your ticket number. Once you find your ticket online, NJMCdirect does have an option to see other tickets associated with your plate.
11. When is my court date? Is it the date noted on my ticket?
You will receive notice of your court date by mail from the Newark Municipal Court. The date noted on the ticket may not be your actual court date.
12. Can I schedule a court date?
For criminal matters and court mandatory appearances, you will be assigned a court date from the Newark Municipal Court. You will receive notice of this court date in the mail. For payable tickets that you wish to plead not guilty to, you can call the Newark Municipal Court’s Call Center at 973-733-6520 or come the Court’s Customer Service Center located in room 105 to schedule a court date.
13. Can I waive my appearance in court?
For most criminal matters, your court appearance is mandatory. For parking tickets, you can submit a Plea by Mail form.
14. Why am I receiving a failure to appear notice?
Failure to Appear Notices are generated by the Court if a scheduled court appearance is missed or if a parking ticket has not been paid timely. Once the Failure to Appear Notice is generated for parking notices, an additional $10 fine is automatically added to the parking fine.
15. I missed my court date. What can I do?
The Court will have to look up your matter to determine whether or not a bench warrant was issued against you for failure to appear for your court date. If a bench warrant was issued, you can post bail and obtain a new court date or just schedule a new court date.
16. Can I reschedule my court date? What if I have an emergency and can’t appear?
If you are scheduled for a first appearance, and it is two weeks until your court date, you can come to room 105 or contact the Call Center for a new date. Adjournments for trials or for dates within the two-week period must be made in writing and faxed to 973-424-1828 so that a judge can review the request.
17. What is a plea-by-mail form?
A Plea-by-Mail is a legally recognized explanation of your response to a violation. The form is to be completed by the defendant and submitted to the Court for judicial review. If the Court denies your Plea-by-Mail, the Correspondence Unit will notify you by mail and scheduled the matter for court.
18. How can I obtain a plea-by-mail form?
Contact the Court at 973-733-6520
and request a plea-by-mail form to be sent to you by fax or regular mail. You can also pick up the form at 31 Green Street, room 305.
19. I received a ticket for a vehicle that I sold or traded. What can I do?
You can submit a Plea-by-Mail form with proof of sale or trade attached or you may request a court appearance.
20. Why did I receive a warrant notice?
You received a warrant notice because you failed to appear in court
(OR) you have an outstanding ticket
(OR) you have a delinquent Time Payment Order
(OR) you left the court without paying
If you failed to appear in court
, you may schedule a new court date.
If you have an outstanding ticket
, you may pay the ticket.
If you have a delinquent Time Payment Order
, you may pay the time payment or schedule a court date.
If you left the court without paying
, you may pay your ticket.
21. How can I obtain a copy of a disposition letter?
The court can provide you with a disposition letter. We can mail it to you, which would take approximately one week, or you can request your letter in person at the court and receive your letter the same day. If you will be requesting a disposition letter on a traffic matter, go to room 105. If you will be requesting a disposition letter on a criminal matter, go to room 207
22. Can you send me a background record check?
The court does not provide record checks. You may contact the Newark Police Department or the Motor Vehicle Commission.
23. I need a copy of my police report. Where can I obtain one?
The court does not provide copies of police reports. You may contact the Newark Police Department at 22 Franklin Street or call 973-733-6000.
24. How / where do I post bail?
Bail is posted at the Violations Bureau window, located across the hall from room 105, walk-in customer service. You may post bail via cash, money order or check made payable to “City of Newark.” Bail can also be posted at any police precinct or municipal court in the State of New Jersey.
25. How / where is bail returned to me?
Bail is returned in person or via mail to the surety only. The surety is the person who posted the bail. If you would like to make the request in person, go to room 105, walk-in customer service with photo identification and either the bail receipt or copy of the recognizance form. The court will return the bail money via check the same day.
If you would like the bail returned via mail, fax or mail a copy of your photo identification and either the bail receipt or copy of the recognizance form to the chief of violations.
26. How can I have my bail reinstated?
You may submit your request in writing to the attention of the chief judge.
27. How can I have my bail transferred to pay for my fine?
To transfer a posted bail to pay for a parking or traffic fine, a bail waiver must be submitted by the Surety, i.e., the person who posted the bail. This can be completed in Customer Service room 105.
28. I reside outside of New Jersey. How can I resolve a warrant?
You may go to your local police department and post bail. If you have a parking matter, you may submit a Plea-By-Mail to the Newark Municipal Court. For all other matters, you may submit your request in writing to the attention of the chief judge.
29. Where can I find information about a motor vehicle or criminal statute?
Information concerning motor vehicle and criminal statutes is available online at the New Jersey Legislature’s web site, which is www.njleg.state.nj.us. You can also do legal research at a law library.
30. Where can I find information about a local ordinance?
Information concerning local ordinances is available online at the City of Newark’s web site, which is www.ci.newark.nj.us.
31. Where can I find information about the Municipal Court Rules?
The Municipal Court Rules are available at a local law library or online at njcourtsonline.com.
32. How many points will I be assessed?
Municipal courts do not assess points. You will have to contact the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission for this information.
33. Can I appeal a judge’s decision?
You have the right to appeal the decision of a municipal court judge within 20 days of your being found guilty. You may obtain the forms to file your appeal, contained in the packet “How to Appeal a Decision of a Municipal Court,” in person at the court or online on this website under “Important Links for Municipal Court Users.” If you would like to pick-up appeal papers in person, you may do so in either room 105 or room 207.
34. Do I need a lawyer? How can I get a private lawyer or a public defender?
The court does not require you to have an attorney, but it might be in your interest to consult one. To apply for a public defender, you must meet income eligibility guidelines which can be found on this website under “Important Links for Municipal Court Users.”
35. Who can I complain to about unfair treatment by a judge?
You may put your complaint in writing and send it to the attention of the chief judge or the presiding judge of the municipal courts. You may also contact the Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct by telephone or in writing.
36. Is parking available at the court?
The Newark Municipal Court does not have free public parking. However, there is a parking lot adjacent to the Court that is accessible for a cost.
37. Who can I contact regarding a concern, complaint or suggestion for improvement that I have about the court?
Our goal at the Newark Municipal Court is to provide you with excellent customer service. We welcome feedback. You may contact the court director by telephone or in writing.
38. Who can I contact regarding a positive interaction or experience I had with the court?
You may contact the court director by telephone or in writing.