Traffic Infraction Deferral Program

The Traffic Infraction Deferral Program assists qualified drivers who have been cited for a qualified minor traffic infraction in avoiding some of the more long-term, difficult consequences of infraction judgments. At the successful completion of the program, the traffic infraction is dismissed.

Both you and your infraction must be qualified in order to be eligible for the Traffic Infraction Deferral Program.  Some infractions are not eligible for the program; please check the list of ineligible infractions.  To be eligible for the program, you must:
    • Have less than 4 points on your driving record.
    • Have had no pointable traffic violations in the last 12 months.
    • Have had no major driving offenses in the last 5 years. These include OWI and Driving While Suspended.
    • Have not had a pointable infraction or local ordinance violation (whether traffic or otherwise) diverted nor a judgment withheld in the 12 months preceding the date of this offense.
    • Not hold a CDL (or Chauffeur's only on a limited basis).
If you are under the age of 18, you must appear at your initial hearing, with a parent on your scheduled court date. Your court date is at the bottom of your ticket. Pursuant to Senate Bill 16 enacted July 1, 2009 anyone under the age of 18 who received their license after June 30, 2009 has a Probationary License and is not eligible for the Infraction Deferral Program on an Infraction. Ordinance Violations remain eligible. If you are between 16 to 21 years of age you may be required to to take a defensive driving class.

The Process
You must contact the Infraction Deferral Clerk's line within 1 week of receiving your ticket at 317-770-8860. If you leave a message, please include the following information:
  1. Your full name, including the spelling of your last name
  2. Your Drivers License Number
  3. Court date (very important)
  4. Type of violation (what the ticket was for)
  5. Contact number for you
You may also complete this online form. Your call/email will be returned within 5 business days. This call will determine if you are eligible to enroll in the deferral program.

Submitting Paperwork
All agreements must be filed with the Court and Deferral Fees paid 5 working days prior to your court date. Failure to have your paperwork submitted or to appear in court on the specified date may result in the suspension of your driving privileges. If you have any questions about deadlines, or about court dates, please contact the Infraction phone line, or the Court.

The Costs & Length of Program
The costs and and length depend upon the nature of the violation. Generally:
  • 2-point ticket - 6 months with fee of $192.50
  • 4-point ticket - 9 months with a fee of $222.50
  • 6-point ticket - 12 months with fee of $252.50
  • 0-point ticket - 9 months with a fee of $152.00
   Notable Exceptions:
  • Construction zone tickets (no workers) -12 months with a fee of $252.50
  • Non-moving violations - 12 months with a fee of $182
  • Operating without financial responsibility (infraction only) - 12 months with a fee of $252.50
  • Possession of Paraphernalia (infraction only) - 12 months with a fee of $182
  • Aiding / Inducing a Minor's Possession of Alcohol - 12 months with a fee of $182
  • Throwing a lit material from a moving vehicle - 12 months with a fee of $182

  Request for Waiver of Fees (PDF)