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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. What types of payments do you accept?
5. What if I have a financial hardship and cannot afford to pay for my citation?
6. What if I am unable to pay my court ordered fine?
7. Who do I contact regarding a traffic citation I received?
8. I received a traffic citation, but have not yet received a notice with the bail amount, what should I do?
9. Am I eligible for traffic school?
10. How do I arrange to attend traffic school if I'm eligible?
11. Do I have to pay the court a fee to attend traffic school and a fee to the traffic school?
12. I received a red light photo enforcement ticket in the mail but I was not the driver. What do I do?
13. 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?
14. Can the clerk advise me how to proceed?
15. I received a traffic ticket. Will I get "points" on my driver's license?
16. 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. If your ticket directs you to appear at the Kearny Mesa Traffic Court or the North County Division, Traffic Annex, click here to schedule a court appearance at night court. Bail is not required to appear in court.


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

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

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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.


4. 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.


5. What if I have a financial hardship and cannot afford to pay for my citation?

If you have a financial hardship and can show that you are unable to pay the full amount for the offenses on your traffic ticket, you may request the court to consider your ability to pay in setting the fine amount, ask for an installment plan based on your ability to pay, or ask to consider community service. You can do this by:

  1. Appearing in court to make this request (an appointment to appear in court may be necessary. Click here for court times and scheduling.
  2. Filing or mailing a written request to the Court


6. What if I am unable to pay my court ordered fine?

If you are unable to make a scheduled court ordered fine payment due to financial hardship, you may do any of the following:

  1. Request a 30-day extension to pay (maximum two extensions) by phone or mail. Click here for court contact information.
  2. Appear at the Traffic Business Office and:
    1. Request a 30-day extension to pay;
    2. Request community service/volunteer work for up to half the total fine; and/or
    3. Request a payment plan, or reduction in payment amount (if above $35/month)
  3. Request a courtroom appearance to ask the court to consider your ability to pay. (You may need to schedule this appearance in advance). Click here for court appearance information.
  4. File or mail a written explanation of your financial hardship and inability to pay to the court. The court will mail you a response to that request. Any prior orders in your case requiring payment will remain in effect until the court rules on your request.


7. Who do I contact regarding a traffic citation 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.


8. 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.

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9. 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.


10. 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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11. 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. If you can show that you are unable to pay the amount charged by the court, you may request the court consider your ability to pay, request a payment plan or ask the court to consider community service in lieu of part of your fine. Click here for court times and scheduling.


12. 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 ticket in any of the following cities, please call law enforcement agency 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
  • Oceanside (760) 435-4789
  • 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.

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13. 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.


14. 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.


15. 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


16. How is bail calculated?

Click here to see how bail is calculated.

 

 

 

 

 


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