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You may also pay your ticket by phone at 800-444-1187. Payments may be made from 8:00a.m.-7:00p.m. M-F and 9:00a.m.-2:00p.m. on Saturdays. Se Habla Espanol.

Directions to the Court
If you are traveling west from Killeen on Highway 190: When you reach Copperas Cove go to the 5th red light and turn right on Robertson Avenue. Go to the 4 way stop. Robertson turns into Veterans Ave. at this point. We are across the street to the left. Corner of Main St. and Veterans Ave.

To Enter a Plea/Pay Your Fine By Mail
If you wish to waive your right to a trial and pay your fine, a plea of guilty or nolo contendere (no contest) may be entered on the reply form provided by the officer.

The fine may be paid by money order, cashiers check, or personal check (local bank only). Be sure to write the citation number on the reply form or the money order/check in order for the payment to be posted correctly. The envelope must be postmarked by the appearance date on the bottom of the citation.

Please remember the Court is not responsible for the US Mail; if a payment is not received, a warrant and failure to appear will be issued by the judge. In order to avoid any misunderstandings, please call to verify that payment was received and posted. If a receipt is required, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

A telephone call does not constitute an appearance! You may only appear in person or by mail. However, if you want to enter a plea of “not guilty”, then you must appear in person or by written plea. If you fail to appear on or before the date on the bottom of your citation, an additional charge of Failure to Appear and an arrest warrant will be issued by the judge. Again, a telephone call is NOT an appearance.

Expired Drivers License, Registration or Motor Vehicle Inspection
These violations may be dismissed by providing the Court with proof that the drivers license, registration (penalty must be paid at time of registration) or motor vehicle inspection
(if expired less than 60 days) was renewed within 20 days of the citation being issued. There is a $20.00 dismissal fee for each of these violations. Failure to renew these types of violations by the appearance date will result in a fine.

Fail to Display Drivers License or Fail to Display Financial Responsibility (No Insurance)
These two violations will be dismissed when the Court is provided with a drivers’ license or insurance card that was valid at the time the citation was issued. These documents must be provided to the Court by the appearance date on the bottom of the citation. There is a $10.00 fee for dismissing the Fail to Display Driver’s License violation. There is currently no fee charged to dismiss an insurance violation.

Deferred Disposition
Deferred disposition may be requested to dismiss all types of violations. There are terms and conditions of deferred disposition which you must comply with during the deferral period. The deferral period is typically three (3) months but can last up to six (6) months. The conditions are dependent upon the particular violation. You must appear in person before the Court and enter a plea of either guilty or nolo contendere (no contest). In addition, the State requires that you pay the court cost that day. The Court may require the defendant to pay a special expense fee at the end of the deferral period. As of September 1, 2003 you do not qualify for defensive driving if you have a commercial driver’s license.

Defensive Driving
A defensive driving course may be taken in order to dismiss a traffic violation from appearing on your driving record. The following must be provided to the Court no later than the appearance date on the bottom of the citation:
 A valid Texas drivers license or an out of State License with an Active duty military ID card, or proof you are a dependant of an active duty military service member.
 Valid proof of liability insurance
 Enter a plea of guilty or nolo contendere (no contest), and pay the court fee of $109.10
 If the offense occurred in a school zone the court fee is $134.10.

The State allows 90 days to complete the defensive driving course and to provide the Court with a certificate of completion for the course and a certified copy of your Texas driving record from the State. You are not required to provide a Texas driving record if you have an out of State driver’s license and have not had other traffic violations in the State of Texas.

In order to obtain your driving record, you will be given a form to fill out and send to the State along with a $12.00 fee.

The court does not make arrangements for your attendance at a driving school, nor does the court make any recommendations on which school to attend except that the school must be certified by the Region XIII Education Service Center in Austin, Texas. Please note, the class on Fort Hood is not certified by the Region XIII Education Service Center. For a list of Region XIII Education Service Center certified classes, including online classes, click here.

If you have been cited with more than one traffic violation, defensive driving can only be taken to dismiss one of those violations.

Defensive Driving Disqualifications
You are automatically disqualified if your request is not made by the appearance date on the bottom of the citation; or you have taken DDC within the last twelve (12) months to have a traffic ticket dismissed; or you were cited for traveling 25 mph over the speed limit or 95 mph total. As of September 1, 2003 you do not qualify for defensive driving if you have a commercial drivers license.

Mandatory Alcohol Courses
If you are found guilty of, or placed on deferred disposition for, an alcohol offense, the Court must order you to complete an alcohol awareness course. For a list of approved Drug and Alcohol classes click here.

Mandatory Tobacco Courses
If you are found guilty of, or placed on deferred for, a tobacco offense, the Court must order you to complete a tobacco awareness course. For a list of approved Tobacco classes click here.

 

Jennifer Henry
Jennifer HenryCourt Administrator

Please submit all emailed requests regarding your Copperas Cove Municipal Court citation
here-

602 S. Main St.
Copperas Cove, TX 76522
Ph: (254) 547-5030
Fax: (254) 547-0802

Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm
Closed 12:00pm-1:00pm