Champaign, IL asked in Immigration Law and Traffic Tickets for Illinois

Q: My ceremony is in 4 weeks. Should I answer "Yes" or "No" on question 4 on the Notice of Oath Ceremony (form N445)?

Q4 on form N445 says:

"Since your interview, have you been arrested, cited, charged, indicted, convicted, fined, or imprisoned for breaking or violating any law or ordinance, including traffic violations?"


- I got a $164 traffic ticket three weeks before the naturalization interview.

- I didn't mention it in the interview because I was not asked about it.

- I paid the ticket five days after the interview.

When filling form N445, I'm not sure whether to answer on the basis of the day on which I was cited (before the interview) or the date on which I was fined/plead guilty and paid it (after the interview).

1 Lawyer Answer
Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Wheeling, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: I recommend doing the following:

Obtain a court certified traffic citation disposition from the clerk of the county court where the matter was adjudicated (completed). Disclose that traffic citation and attach a copy of the certified court disposition with all conditions met (fine paid) on the form.

It should not create a problem as during the naturalization interview such omission of a minor traffic violation could be viewed as insignificant and unintentional.

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