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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.

HOW YOU CAN PROCEED

Announcement of Drop in Calendar:
The Court is temporarily offering a drop-in calendar on the first Saturday of each month to address the backlog of traffic cases due to COVID-19. If you would like to request a fine reduction, contest your ticket, or clear a failure- to appear, the drop-in calendar is an additional option available to you.

The Saturday calendar occurs in person on the first Saturday of each month at Department 20 in the Santucci Justice Center, 11801 Go for Broke Road in Roseville, starting Saturday, March 6, 2021. Saturday court is limited to 75 people. The court is opening 50 slots for advance sign up and 25 slots for walk-ins. For those who sign up in advance, please come at your appointment time and expect the process to take between 30 minutes and an hour and a half from when you arrive at the court. Walk-ins will be taken on a first-come first-served basis for the first 25 people who arrive between 8:30 am to 11:00 am. Walk-ins will be informed of their estimated wait time when they arrive at the court.

 

Sign Up for Saturday Calendar

 

By signing up for the Saturday calendar, you are committing to appear in person on the day you sign up for between 8:30am and 11:00am at Department 20 in the Santucci Justice Center, 11801 Go for Broke Road in Roseville.

 

Traffic Ticket: Quick Off-Ramp
Launching Monday, March 1, 2021 by telephone and March 15, 2021 via LiveChat, the Superior Court of Placer County will add a temporary program for individuals with pending traffic infractions who have no points on their driving record. Eligibility details are available here . Those who are eligible are encouraged to contact the court clerk’s office by phone at 916-408-6000 and select “Traffic”, beginning Monday, March 1, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. each court day, and via live chat on the court’s website, beginning Monday, March 15, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The program will end Wednesday, June 30, 2021.

 

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

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, with a video appearance, at a Saturday drop-in calendar (see announcement above), or by appearing at your scheduled court date.

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 on the date indicated on your summons, sign up to appear by video, appear on a Saturday drop-in calendar (see announcement above), 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.

Clear a Failure
to Appear
If you failed to appear for a scheduled traffic hearing and believe that you have good cause for your failure to appear, you may request a court appearance by video.
APPEAR BY VIDEO

You can also appear on the drop-in calendar (see above for information on the drop-in calendar).

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