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Traffic/Petty Offenses

The Central Violations Bureau (CVB) is a national center responsible for processing violation notices (tickets) issued and payments received for petty offenses charged on a federal violation notice. This includes violations that occur on federal property such as federal buildings, national parks, military installations, post offices, Veteran Affairs medical centers, national wildlife refuges, and national forests.

Federal tickets are issued by law enforcement personnel from agencies such as the U.S. Park Police, U.S. Naval Academy, Andrews Air Force Base, Patuxent Naval Station, Ft. George G. Meade, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Ft. Detrick, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Rangers, U.S. Fish & Wildlife, Department of Defense Police, U.S. Coast Guard, Postal Police, and Federal Protective Service. If the ticket you received says "U.S. District Court Violation Notice" across the top, then you received a federal ticket.

If your violation notice indicates that a court appearance is "mandatory," you will have to appear in court as indicated on your violation notice. If your appearance is not mandatory and you would like to make a fixed-sum payment in lieu of a court appearance for certain offenses, the payment is made directly to the Central Violations Bureau. You should not mail a payment to the Court, unless directed to do so by the Court.

For more information about the Central Violations Bureau and how to pay your ticket (online or by mail), please visit: or contact CVB directly at 1-800-827-2982 and press "0" to get an operator.

Effective November 1, 2012, the Clerk's Office will no longer accept faxes or emailed documents from counsel in CVB cases once the case is available on CM/ECF. Click here for more information.