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Traffic ticket of exactly $500 and N400

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I'm in the process of filing my N400 online since I've had my EB2 green card for 6 years. My situation is absolutely standard, I don't have anything complicated (basically I'm answering "no" to every question), except the portion about the crime history.

Six years ago, in 2013, I got stopped by a police officer for a carpool violation. It was the day after thanksgiving, which was an official company holiday given by my employer. For this reason, I wrongly assumed that it was a national holiday, and proceeded to drive in the carpool lane without the minimum amount of required people (two instead of three), since it is usually allowed during weekends and holidays. I got issued a $500 ticket (carpool violations are extremely harsh in my state, for good reasons). I didn’t show up in court, I just paid the fine via check. The fine was exactly $500, which seems the limit after which the USCIS requires to submit documentation with the N400.

I'm planning to answer "yes" to questions 22 ("have you ever committed an offense for which you were not arrested") , 23 ("have you ever been cited") and 24 ("have you ever been charged with committing an offense"), as well as listing the violation in table 29. When it comes to submitting documentation though, I absolutely can't find an official documentation about this citation, I called the county where the officer stopped me, and they absolutely said they don't keep any record for something that small, since it happened such a long time ago and I didn't appear in court.

The only documentation I was able to find was a copy of the check I sent to the court (I nagged my bank to go dig into the archives from 2013), which shows that the $500 check was cashed by the clerk of the court, and also my recent DMV driving record, which shows that I have a clean record.

Do you think this is enough? It would really be terrible if I were to be denied citizenship because I can't provide proof of that ticket...

I'm asking because in all the prior posts people seem to have tickets < $500, whereas mine was exactly $500, which is at the USCIS cutoff.


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You should ask the court clerk for an official letter stating that they don't retain records from that far back, in addition.

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