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A couple of months ago I was pulled over for driving my car with expired inspection sticker (oversight on my part, got it done right after). Today was my traffic court date - the fine was reduced from $30 to $20, which I paid today. There are no driving points lost and it doesn't show up on my driving record, but it might show up on court records. Is this something I should be worried about for Citizenship? I plan on applying in the next few months.

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The N400 is an online application. You'll be asked many questions including about any traffic or other infractions. You'll have to answer yes and explain in the boxes presented. As long as you paid the fine, it won't have any bearing on the approval of your application.


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CR1 started : 2014-06-06           N400 started: 2018-04-24
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as long as you paid the fine and are honest about it, its not a problem


5/7/2018 K1       Application mailed

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5/18/2018          NOA1 Paper copy rec'd (i797C)

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1 hour ago, mrsdietcoke said:

A couple of months ago I was pulled over for driving my car with expired inspection sticker (oversight on my part, got it done right after). Today was my traffic court date - the fine was reduced from $30 to $20, which I paid today. There are no driving points lost and it doesn't show up on my driving record, but it might show up on court records. Is this something I should be worried about for Citizenship? I plan on applying in the next few months.

On your application, answer "Yes" to question, "Were you ever cited by law enforcement officer....." and then give details that you paid the fine. Keep the receipt with you and take it to the interview.

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1 hour ago, dannyphan91 said:

I read on some website and they said you don’t need to say yes if your fine was under $500

Incorrect, they may not ask for proof of traffic infractions being taken care of ( Like fine payment receipt) if the fine is below $500.

 

But since you were cited by a law enforcement officer who gave you the ticket, you will have to answer "Yes" to the question. Some people answer "No" but it's better to be safe than sorry in current environment when even a small innocent omission might put you on wrong side of the authority!

 

Answering Yes will not affect your application in any way!

Edited by love_my_wife

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Same question here. I got a minor traffic infraction in California  - I pleaded guilty to go to traffic school. I signed up for some school called best online traffic school that promised they would mask my traffic ticket and so it would not be on my public driving record and insurance companies couldn't see it. How does this affect my N400 application??? 

 

Thanks your for help

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7 hours ago, james.edgar said:

Same question here. I got a minor traffic infraction in California  - I pleaded guilty to go to traffic school. I signed up for some school called best online traffic school that promised they would mask my traffic ticket and so it would not be on my public driving record and insurance companies couldn't see it. How does this affect my N400 application??? 

 

Thanks your for help

Will not affect your app if this is a one off or rare citation. After you completed the defensive driving course, the court must have given you a letter of your ticket being dismissed. Save it and take it to the interview. Show it if asked. I have reported 3 traffic tickets on my application and I have proof that I have taken care of all those tickets legally!

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So I have had two tickets, I TOTALLY didn't read the question on the N400 that said about citations. It didnt cross my mind about a ticket, so I clicked NO. 

 

Anyone else done the same and then been ok during interview!??!?!

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3 hours ago, a.t.j24 said:

So I have had two tickets, I TOTALLY didn't read the question on the N400 that said about citations. It didnt cross my mind about a ticket, so I clicked NO. 

 

Anyone else done the same and then been ok during interview!??!?!

During the interview they give you a chance to change your answers as they go over the Yes/No answers at that time. You can do it then. Don't worry...

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