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AndyV

N400-Pending Traffic Citation and Old Citation Records

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Hello,

I plan to apply for citizenship next month and I had a couple of questions regarding traffic citation information that i have to provide on the N-400 form. Appreciate any advice/answers from members on the questions below.


1. I received a red light violation ticket in May 2018 and I will be fighting my traffic ticket in court but the hearing date is not until March 2019. Is it Ok if I indicate this ticket as "In process" under the outcome column of Item 29 of the N-400 application and take the final disposition to the interview? or do I need to have it settled (by paying fine ($200)) before I file my N-400? 


2. I received traffic tickets back in 2005 and 2008, I paid the fines (both less than $500), but do not have final court disposition records. Will this be an issue?


3. Overall I have five total traffic tickets in the last 16 years as follows: March 2005 (Paid fine),  August 2008 (Paid Fine), April 2016 (Dismissed), Jan 2018 (Dismissed), May 2018 (In process) - Basically 3 tickets in the last 5 years (out of which 2 is dismissed and 1 is in process with court date in March 2019) and 2 tickets (paid) from 10 and 13 years ago and none of them were DUI and were just regular speeding/red light violations. I have the disposition records for the dismissed tickets from 2016 and 2018.  Will the number of tickets (five) be an issue during naturalization interview?

 

Thanks in advance and appreciate the feedback.

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No documentation is needed for tickets under $500.

As for the current one, explain it at the interview.

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Thank you very much for the reply. One follow up question: Is it Ok if I indicate the current traffic citation as "In process" under the outcome column of Item 29 of the N-400 application?

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Hello,

We have some traffic tickets(all minor), but don't remember the details. If we say Yes in the form, it is asking for details. Can we say No in the form and if asked in the interview, explain the citations if asked?

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Say yes on the form, add the details you remember, and add a note like "to the best of my recollection."

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Refer to N-400 instructions, they clearly state when you are required to report traffic tickets.

NOTE: You must submit documentation of traffic incidents if:
(1) The incident involved alcohol or drugs;
(2) The incident led to an arrest; or
(3) The incident seriously injured another person.
You do not need to submit documentation for traffic fines or incidents that did not involve an arrest or did not
involve drugs or alcohol, if the only penalty was a fine of less than $500 or points on your driving record.

What you have written doesn't need to be mentioned at all.

Don't complicate things.

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7 hours ago, Sup-Recruitment said:

Refer to N-400 instructions, they clearly state when you are required to report traffic tickets.

No they don't.

They say that for certain violations you don't have to provide documentation.

Totally different from not reporting violations.

Please learn what these terms men in the English language. Thank you.

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A speeding ticket is a citation (look at the actual ticket, it says "citation"), and citations have to be listed. No but or if. Part 12, question 23: "Have you ever been arrested, cited, ..." A speeding ticket is a citation, so under point 29, you have to list it.  Period. End of story.

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On 10/10/2018 at 5:08 PM, AndyV said:

Hello,

I plan to apply for citizenship next month and I had a couple of questions regarding traffic citation information that i have to provide on the N-400 form. Appreciate any advice/answers from members on the questions below.


1. I received a red light violation ticket in May 2018 and I will be fighting my traffic ticket in court but the hearing date is not until March 2019. Is it Ok if I indicate this ticket as "In process" under the outcome column of Item 29 of the N-400 application and take the final disposition to the interview? or do I need to have it settled (by paying fine ($200)) before I file my N-400? 


2. I received traffic tickets back in 2005 and 2008, I paid the fines (both less than $500), but do not have final court disposition records. Will this be an issue?


3. Overall I have five total traffic tickets in the last 16 years as follows: March 2005 (Paid fine),  August 2008 (Paid Fine), April 2016 (Dismissed), Jan 2018 (Dismissed), May 2018 (In process) - Basically 3 tickets in the last 5 years (out of which 2 is dismissed and 1 is in process with court date in March 2019) and 2 tickets (paid) from 10 and 13 years ago and none of them were DUI and were just regular speeding/red light violations. I have the disposition records for the dismissed tickets from 2016 and 2018.  Will the number of tickets (five) be an issue during naturalization interview?

 

Thanks in advance and appreciate the feedback.

Hi, could you please let me know if you received an answer on your question. Thank you very much!!


1. I received a red light violation ticket in May 2018 and I will be fighting my traffic ticket in court but the hearing date is not until March 2019. Is it Ok if I indicate this ticket as "In process" under the outcome column of Item 29 of the N-400 application and take the final disposition to the interview? or do I need to have it settled (by paying fine ($200)) before I file my N-400? 

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I wanted to provide an update to my original post. I had my citizenship interview today. It went very well and I was approved.

With regards to my traffic citations, I was only asked to provide documentation for the one citation that I had marked as "Pending" when filing the N-400. I got this citation dismissed in court several months back and made sure to take a certified disposition from the court for this case. The officer looked at the documentation and was satisfied and noted as "dismissed" on the N-400. Other than that I was not asked on any other documentation for the rest of the citations. Hope this helps.

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