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Superior Court of California - County of San Diego: Traffic

Traffic / Minor Offense Division

Welcome to San Diego Superior Court's Traffic and Minor Offense Division. This Division has jurisdiction over Vehicle Code violations, some local municipal ordinances, infractions, and minor misdemeanors. These offenses may include Fish and Game, Animal Control and transit violations (e.g. San Diego Trolley violations).

If you received a citation/ticket, you may receive a reminder notice from the court in the mail. This may be your first contact with the Traffic Court process. Most questions will be answered by information provided on the notice. If you have not received your notice, click here.

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Effective March 1, 2018 for East County, South County, and Vista Traffic Court, ALL COURTROOM APPEARANCES ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, including the appearance date on your ticket. You may schedule an appointment here or by calling the court location in which your ticket is filed.

For more information on specific types of tickets, see below:

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See the Language Access page for information about requesting an interpreter.

Reminder Notices

  • If you received a citation/ticket for a traffic or other minor offense, a reminder notice will be mailed to you at the address on the citation. The notice includes:
    • the bail amount for this citation,
    • the due date when payment must be made,
    • eligibility for Traffic Violator School (TVS),
    • information on clearing a "fix-it" ticket with proof of correction,
    • how to pay by credit card, and
    • where and when to report if you would like to appear in court. Bail is not required to appear in court.
  • You may receive the reminder notice about two weeks before your "promise to appear" date (appearance date), which is shown below your signature on the ticket.
  • Payment options are shown on the reminder notice to help you avoid the time and inconvenience of coming to the courthouse.
  • If you do not receive your reminder notice at least two weeks before your appearance date (or "promise to appear date") and/or do not understand your options, you may:
  • If your appearance in court is required, your reminder notice will say, "You must appear in court on or before your appearance date." An appointment is required to appear in court. Bail is not required to appear in court.
  • It takes approximately two to three weeks from the date you received your ticket for your case to be filed with the court.

Do not disregard your ticket if you do not receive your reminder notice in the mail. You must appear at the courthouse or settle your case by mail, over the phone, or online by the appearance date, whether or not you receive the reminder notice. Read the back of your traffic ticket for additional information.

Failure to resolve your ticket by the due date may result in the issuance of a warrant, new charges, or the imposition of a $300 civil assessment penalty added to the original bail pursuant to Penal Code §1214.1 with referral to a collection agency, and if applicable, the suspension of your driver license.

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