Traffic Court Frequently Asked Questions
Options for payment of traffic fines and fees if you have not made an appearance in court:
To pay your traffic ticket on line click here: PAY YOUR TRAFFIC TICKET ONLINE
If you wish to pay your fine in full in 60 days or make monthly installments, all further transactions are handled by the Court’s collection agency, AllianceOne.You may contact this agency one week after your court appearance. A $30.00 accounts receivable fee will be added to your total if you choose to in 60 days. A $50.00 installment fee will be added for payment made in installments.
If your ticket is not delinquent, you may appear at the clerk’s office Monday through Friday excluding holidays between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and enter a “not guilty” plea with the clerk’s office, excluding Juveniles and mandatory appearances. You will be given a Court Trial date to appear in court and the officer who cited you will be notified to be present on the trial date.
Juveniles: Some courts may require the juvenile to appear in court with a parent to enter a “not guilty” plea. Check with the court located on the bottom of your ticket or courtesy notice.
In general, you may attend traffic school if you have not attended traffic school in California in the past 18 months and have a valid California license. Your courtesy notice will reflect whether or not you are eligible for traffic school. If you qualify for traffic school:
It is your responsibility to make sure that the court receives your completed traffic school certificate.
NOTICE: If you are eligible and decide not to attend traffic school your automobile insurance may be adversely affected. One conviction in any 18-month period will be held confidential and not show on your driving record if you complete a traffic violator school program.
If you received a ticket for a mechanical or "fix-it" violation, you must have the problem corrected. Once you have corrected the problem, take your ticket to a police station and ask a police officer to sign off your ticket located on the reverse side of your ticket. You must return the signed-off ticket to the court with the fees shown on your courtesy notice.
If you received a ticket for no registration or lack of current tabs, you may have the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) sign your ticket off once your registration is current. You must return the signed off ticket to the court with the fees shown on your courtesy notice.
Department of Motor Vehicles: http://www.dmv.ca.gov/
Insurance violations cannot be signed off by a police officer.
If you received a notice from the Department of Motor Vehicles that there is a hold on your driver’s license, you may clear the hold by paying the entire fine amount OR you may appear if in Falure to Appear status. Check with the court for your eligibility and the appearance days and times.
If you received a ticket for an insurance violation, you must provide the court with written evidence of financial responsibility. This means you must show proof of having had a valid insurance policy when you received the ticket. To prove you have the required insurance:
If you are unable to provide all of the proof described above, you must appear in court. Insurance violations cannot be signed off by a police officer.
If you have received a DUI ticket, your court hearing date and time will be listed on the ticket. The court will also send a notice about your hearing to the address registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles. If you did not get a notice, or are unsure about when you have to come to court, please call the criminal clerk's office for the branch listed on your ticket.
Driving after you have taken drugs or alcohol is not safe! You can hurt yourself or someone else, and the court can make you:
Your punishment might be even more serious if: