You must appear at the Reno Municipal Court for arraignment on the date and time listed on your ticket if any violation is a Mandatory Appearance (this will be noted next to the violation). All cases with accidents require a mandatory appearance. All other citations may be paid in full on or before your scheduled court date.
Post and Forfeit
Paying your fine prior to your court date is referred to as "Post and Forfeit." In doing this, you are waiving your right to a hearing before a judge and admitting guilt by paying the fine. A conviction for the cited crimes will be entered on your criminal record if you choose to Post and Forfeit. You may not come back later seeking to change your plea to "Not Guilty" and go to trial. You may not undo the conviction from a Post and Forfeit. Post and Forfeit is not the same as posting bail. You may use the Court's chat line (below left) to obtain the amount of the fine, fees and assessments on your case. You may then pay that as described below.
Payments can be made in person at the Reno Municipal Court from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The court is located in downtown Reno at 1 S. Sierra Street. In-person payments include cash, check, money order, Visa, Discover and MasterCard (including ATM and debit cards). See Administrative Order 2016-1 for acceptable legal tender.
For your convenience during non-business hours, a payment drop box is located on the South side of the building on Court Street. You may pay with check or money order. DO NOT PUT CASH IN THE DROP BOX. For proper credit to your account, please include your case or citation number when making a payment in the drop box.
Through the Reno Municipal Court Online Payment System you may pay the following:
- Traffic Citations
- Payment Extension Plan
(Please note: If you need to post bail on a warrant you must call the court at 775-334-2290)
The Online Payment Center is available 24 hours every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The Online Bilingual Phone Center is available: Monday through Friday, 4 a.m.–9 p.m. PST; and, Saturday & Sunday, 6 a.m.–3 p.m., every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The court's mailing address is P.O. Box 1900, Reno, NV 89505. For payments sent through the mail, only checks or money orders are accepted. To ensure timely delivery, please mail payments early. We do not accept postmark dates as payment dates. Payments are only credited to your account once received by the Court. For proper credit to your account, please include your case or citation number when mailing a payment.
Payments can be made over the phone with a credit card at 775-334-3066.
Returned Check Policy
If you have paid the Reno Municipal Court with a personal check that was returned as uncollectable, you will be charged a $30 returned check fee. You will have ten (10) days from the date of notice of returned check to bring your account current including returned check fees. Once you have made a payment with a check that was returned, you will not be allowed to make future payments with checks at the Reno Municipal Court.
All fines are due and payable on the day of sentencing. The Reno Municipal Court may grant payment extension requests on fines. You may file a motion to talk to a judge about an extension. If payment extensions are granted, failure to comply with arrangements may result in the assessment of a $100 collection fee, referral to a collection agency and issuance of a warrant for your arrest with accompanying criminal and civil penalties, including forfeiture of property, wage garnishment, and negative credit reporting.
Refunds of fine over payments of $10 or less will not be made unless a written request is made to the Reno Municipal Court by the Defendant within one (1) year of over payment. Over payments exceeding $10 will be processed and sent to the last known address of the person who posted the money as show in court records. In the event the over payment cannot be returned, it will be treated and disposed of consistent with Chapter 120A of the Nevada Revised Statute.