California Courts Traffic & Ticket Basics
If you are cited for a traffic infraction, you must follow through with the "Pay or Appear"
date on the ticket.
Courtesy Notices are mailed but not a requirement or intended as an extension for time.
Pay or Appear date is critical, do not overlook or wait for the notice.
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I've been issued a traffic citation, now what do I do?
Ticket? Once your citation is filed with this court, you will be sent a courtesy notice containing necessary
If After three weeks from the citation date you have not received this notice, please contact the Court.
Citation Resolution Options: There are five options available.
1.- Forfeit bail and pay entire amount of assessed fine (Your DMV record will be affected)
2.- Show proof of correction for 16028(a) (no insurance), 4000(a) (no vehicle registration) and mechanical and pay reduced amount of correction fee (Your DMV record will not be affected)
3.- Request traffic school and pay entire amount of assessed fine plus $57.00 traffic school fee
(DMV will be notified of traffic school dismissal)
4.- Contest violation and request trial IN PERSON, prior to your due date. If appearing in person,
you need not deposit bail first before attending Court or seeing the Judge.
5.- Contest violation BY MAIL, prior to your due date, by submitting a TRIAL BY DECLARATION and BAIL.
You are requiered to pay your bail when you submit your trial by declaration; the traffic referee
will not review your paperwork or make a decision on your case until payment is received. These monies will be
placed in trust until completion of the case.
Your courtesy notice will reflect whether you are eligible to attend traffic school.
If you are eligible you may attend a DMV approved traffic school class or an approved Imperial
County home study traffic school program.
The current approved list will accommodate several methods of home study.
These are Internet, video or workbook programs.