So you got a traffic ticket.
It isn’t hard to pay it, but it is inconvenient.
You cannot pay it online. But you can pay someone to pay it for you.
It is best to get it paid within 5 days so you are not fined.
I am not sure how it is paid elsewhere, but if you get a traffic ticket in Chiriqui you must pay it in David.
I had to do it recently.
Driving Without a Seatbelt Ticket
My husband got a ticket for not wearing his seatbelt recently. When I was in David, I paid it for him.
I’m rather surprised he got the ticket. He is usually a stickler about wearing seat belts. He was in a bad accident as a teenager, and that has made him extra cautious with cars.
Where to Pay
To pay any traffic ticket you get in Chiriqui, go to the Chiriqui Mall.
It is located right on the Interamericana, next to Pricesmart. You will see it on your right as you drive into David from the West.
Ask or wander around until you see the Autoridad del Transito Y Transporte Terrestre office. (pictured above)
Then you hand your ticket to one of the women behind the counter (see the photo below).
She stamped it and handed me a payment coupon.
It then walked 10 feet and paid the ticket at the pink wall, see below.
Protesting Your Ticket
You can protest your ticket.
A year or two ago, my husband got a speeding ticket. (Yes, another
ticket!) He decided to protest it.
Personally I think he simply didn’t want to wait in the long line to pay. It must of been right after a payday. Everyone was in the office paying tickets that day.
He didn’t have to leave the office. But he talked to a different person and filled out some paperwork describing the incident.
It was suppose to take 1 month to get a resolution. However, it was his responsibility to check back. There was no guarantee the office would contact him.
He had to pay the ticket within, I think, 5 days once the decision was made.
My husband went back 2 months later. No decision had been made. My husband decided to pay it. The ticket was $50. It wasn’t worth checking back and risking a fine if he didn’t check back within 5 days of the decision.