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Traffic

The Traffic Division handles citations, and tickets written by law enforcement. Some traffic violations and non-traffic violation require an appearance in court but others can be paid or contested by mail or online.

Plea for traffic citations

Guilty - No Contest: Admission of guilt
Not Guilty: Denial of one or more violations on issued citation
Officer Court Trial: A trial in which you personally appear, the officer is subpoenaed and both parties testify.
Trial by Declaration: A method of contesting your citation allowed by §40902 CVC. You and the officer put your statements in writing and the Judge reads these statements and determines the outcome of the case. This option requires that the fine be posted at the time of request in order to proceed.

Contact Us

Contact the Traffic Division at (916) 408-6000 option 3

HOW YOU CAN PROCEED

Find your Case Number:
For the options below you will need to know your case number. Your case number is on your court summons and can also be found on the Online Portal.

Pay your fine If you do not wish to contest your ticket and do not have a mandatory appearance, you can pay your fine directly online without appearing in court.
PAY YOUR FINE ONLINE

You can also pay in person at the court or mail in a check by returning your notice to appear with a check to the address listed on the notice.

Request Traffic School If eligible, you may request to attend traffic school for an additional fee to prevent your violation from appearing on your driving record. You will have to pay your ticket fine to attend traffic school.
REQUEST TRAFFIC SCHOOL ONLINE

ELIGIBILITY AND CLASS INFORMATION


Learn more about traffic school. You can also request traffic school by mail.

Request a fine reduction

If you do not wish to contest your ticket but can’t afford to pay your fine, you can request a lower fine, payment plan, more time to pay, or community service.

You can make these requests by filling out the “Can’t Afford to Pay” form, or by appearing at your scheduled court date in person or by video (for certain hearing types).

GO TO “CAN’T AFFORD TO PAY” FORM

APPEAR BY VIDEO

 

Contest your ticket If you wish to contest your ticket, the Court has a number of options for you to do so. You can appear in person or by video (for certain hearing types) on the date indicated on your summons or request a trial by written declaration or officer court trial without appearing in court.
FIND YOUR COURT DATE

APPEAR BY VIDEO

REQUEST AN OFFICER COURT TRIAL

REQUEST A TRIAL BY DECLARATION

Go to the JCC website for further instructions for trial by written declaration

Provide Proof
of Correction
If your citation is for a correctable offense you may send the court proof that the offense has been corrected and an administrative fee (per your courtesy notice) by your due date.

Go to the Traffic FAQ page for further instructions on providing proof of correction for a correctible offense.

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