Municipal Court of Record
To provide those we serve with high quality customer service that is effective, efficient, and delivered in a professional environment, while accomplishing the duties incumbent upon it by the Galveston City Charter and the laws of the State of Texas. Providing quality services, thereby earning and maintaining the public's respect, confidence, and satisfaction.
The Municipal Court is responsible for providing assistance during each session of the court, maintaining and preparing all of the municipal dockets, recording the disposition of each case, receiving all court documents and defendant correspondence, as well as balancing and closing of accounts, and preparing requisitions for purchasing and refunding.
Upon instruction and approval of the Judge of the Galveston Municipal Court and/or the City Attorney's office, defendants are issued payment plans and alternative sentencing. Such alternatives include, but are not limited to, deferred disposition and defensive driving. Summons and/or warrants are issued for defendants that fail to pay their fines and juveniles are blocked from issuance or renewal of a driver's license until court responsibilities are fulfilled.
Payments shall be made by cashier's check, money order, or cash. Do not mail cash. Credit card payments can be made by calling 1-800-530-8084. To pay by credit you must know your full balance as only full balances can be processed by the credit card system. Your ticket balance can be obtained by calling 409-765-3740.
You may pay online. A convenience fee will be charged for both credit card and Internet payments. All citations are given a due date. You must notify the court of your intentions on or before the given due date. If the due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or city holiday, you will be given until the following work day to submit payment or intentions.
The Galveston Municipal Court will offer an amnesty period to provide an opportunity for people to pay outstanding tickets at a reduced rate and clear outstanding warrants.
The City of Galveston Municipal Court’s Amnesty Program begins at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, and will be available on certain delinquent citations until 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. Court officials encourage anyone who has delinquent court matters to take advantage of this opportunity to resolve cases at a discounted rate.
The savings come from waiving late fees and failure to appear fees, as well as some court costs.
Most delinquent traffic and non-traffic citations will be eligible for program discounts. However, previously adjudicated cases, capias pro fines, and parking citations are not eligible for amnesty rates.
Court officials urge people to take advantage of this program so they will not be subject to arrest during any upcoming warrant sweeps.
CLICK HERE TO READ OUR 2019 AMNESTY PROGRAM FAQ
Failure to Respond
Failure to respond and answer citations as required by law may result in any one or several of the following:
- The issuance of a warrant of arrest at an additional fee.
- Referral of the unpaid fine to a collection agency and additional fees.
- Denial of renewal of your driver's license by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and additional fees.