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Superior Court of California - County of San Diego: Traffic: Traffic FAQs
   
Traffic Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is there a Night Court for traffic tickets?
2. Where do I obtain a copy of an accident report?
3. What happens if I don't take care of my traffic citation by the appearance date?
4. Who do I contact regarding a traffic citation I received?
5. I received a traffic citation, but have not yet received a notice with the bail amount, what should I do?
6. Am I eligible for traffic school?
7. How do I arrange to attend traffic school if I'm eligible?
8. Do I have to pay the court a fee to attend traffic school and a fee to the traffic school?
9. I received a red light photo enforcement ticket in the mail but I was not the driver. What do I do?
10. What types of payments do you accept?
11. I received a ticket for your court but I live outside of San Diego County.Where can I get a traffic school list for my area?
12. Can the clerk advise me how to proceed?
13. I received a traffic ticket. Will I get "points" on my driver's license?
14. How is bail calculated?


1. Is there a Night Court for traffic tickets?

Most divisions offer an evening court session for infraction cases only. Court addresses and hours are available on our Office Locations page. NEW! If your ticket directs you to appear at the Kearny Mesa Branch or the North County Division, Traffic Annex, you may be able to schedule an appearance at night court. Click here for further information.Back to Top

2. Where do I obtain a copy of an accident report?

The investigating agency must be contacted for a copy of an accident report. Back to Top

3. What happens if I don't take care of my traffic citation by the appearance date?


Failure to resolve your citation by the due date may result in a $300 civil assessment penalty being added to the original bail and a referral to a collection agency pursuant to Penal Code §1214.1, or issuance of a warrant for your arrest and/or suspension of your driver license. Back to Top

4. Who do I contact regarding a ticket I received?

There is a location on your ticket telling you where to report. Court addresses and hours are available on our Office Locations page. Back to Top

5. I received a traffic citation, but have not yet received a notice with the bail amount. What should I do?

Notices sent to you by the court are done as a courtesy to you. If you don't receive a notice before your appearance date, you should contact the appropriate court location. Court addresses and hours are available on our Office Locations page. Back to Top

6. Am I eligible for traffic school?

Approximately two weeks prior to your appearance date, you may receive a courtesy notice from the court in the mail. This notice will tell you if you may be eligible to attend traffic school. Traffic school eligibility is determined by California Rules of Court, rule 4.104. NOTICE: If you are eligible and decide not to attend traffic school, your driving record and automobile insurance may be adversely affected..


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7. How do I arrange to attend traffic school if I'm eligible?

If you are eligible, your courtesy notice will indicate that you have the option to attend traffic school.

You may view California Dept. of Motor Vehicles’ list of traffic schools.

For more information see our traffic school information page.

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8. Do I have to pay the court a fee to attend Traffic School and a fee to the Traffic School?

Yes. A fee is paid to the court in the amount of the total bail plus $52. A fee must also be paid to the Traffic School you attend. Methods of instruction and class fees vary. You may want to call a variety of schools before you determine which school you attend.

9. I received a red light photo enforcement ticket in the mail but I was not the driver. What do I do?

If you received your Red Light Camera ticket in the City of San Diego, call (858) 573-5055 to set up an appointment with the San Diego Police Department to view your photographs.

If you received your ticket in any of the following cities, please call the Sheriff's Department at the number listed below to set up an appointment to view your photographs:

  • Del Mar (760) 966-3500
  • Encinitas, Solana Beach (760) 966-3500
  • Escondido (760) 839-4451
  • Oceanside (760) 435-4789
  • Poway (858) 513-2888
  • Vista (760) 414-3360

For tickets issued in North County, you may view your photographs at www.photonotice.com or the Vista court location, 325 South Melrose Dr., Annex Building, Vista, California.

For tickets issued in the City of El Cajon, you may view your photographs at www.photonotice.com or on THURSDAYS ONLY, between 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., in the courthouse on the first floor, 250 E. Main Street, El Cajon, California.

For tickets issued in the City of Poway, you may view your video at www.photonotice.com or make an appointment to view the video at the Poway Sheriff's Station on TUESDAYS ONLY, between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The Poway Sheriff's Station is located at 13100 Bowron Rd., Poway, CA 92064. Ph: (858) 513-2888.

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10. What types of payment do you accept?

MasterCard, Visa, cash, checks and money orders are accepted at the court. For more information on paying your ticket, click on our Ticket Information page. Back to Top

11. I received a ticket for your court but I live outside of San Diego County. Where can I get a Traffic school list for my area?

You can obtain a list from a California Superior Court or from the Department of Motor Vehicles. Back to Top

12. Can the clerk advise me how to proceed?

Clerks are unable to provide legal advice. It is suggested you either contact an attorney, or perform your own research prior to filing any paperwork. The San Diego County Bar Association provides referral assistance for no charge. Back to Top

13. I received a traffic ticket. Will I get "points" on my driver's license?

For information about the Department of Motor Vehicle's violation point assessment system, visit their website at www.dmv.ca.gov/dl/vioptct.htm Back to Top

14. How is bail calculated?

Click here to see how bail is calculated.

 

 

 

 

 


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