What types of appointments and services are available for my traffic case?

An appointment is required for all courtroom appearances. In addition, we offer appointments to speak with someone in our Business Office. Listed below are some examples of what services we provide based on case and appointment. Please review each appointment type to determine which one fits your needs.

Business Office

Non-Adjudicated Case
  • Get a one-time 30-day extension
  • Make a payment on a case
  • Request traffic school
  • Present proof of correction
  • Cancel court trial and pay case in full (at least 2 business days in advance)
  • Request a Trial by Written Declaration and post full bail
  • Request Court Trial and Post Full Bail

Business Office

Adjudicated Case
  • Request a first time continuance on previously established installment payment plans
  • Request second continuance on previously established installment payment plans
  • Request one time program enrollment/completion extension
  • Show proof of completion of a program/volunteer work as ordered by the Court
  • Show proof of correction as ordered by the Court
Day or Night

Court Appearance

  • Reminder Notice indicates mandatory appearance
  • Request to reschedule Court Trial Date (at least 2 full business days in advance)
  • Request for additional time if counter requests are exhausted
  • Request consideration for financial hardship
  • Request a plea of not guilty and discuss posting bail with judicial officer
  • Reasons that are not covered above

Must Appear in Court

What cases are eligible to use the scheduling system?

Please review the scheduling rules, as not all traffic cases are eligible to use the appointment system.

  • All citation offenses must be an infraction.
  • Must not have a civil assessment (referred to collection).
  • Appear by date must not be 10 or more days past due.
  • Traffic school remains unpaid, has not been requested, or does not have an active installment plan.

What kinds of appointments are offered by each traffic court location?

East CountyTraffic Division

Appointments Offered

Available
Business Office
Court Appearance
Night Court Appearance

Kearny MesaTraffic Court

Appointments Offered

Available
Business Office
Court Appearance
Night Court Appearance

South CountyTraffic Division

Appointments Offered

Available
Business Office
Court Appearance
Night Court Appearance

North CountyTraffic Annex

Appointments Offered

Available
Business Office
Court Appearance
Night Court Appearance

Why can't I reschedule or cancel my appointment?

Once an appointment is scheduled, you can cancel or reschedule that appointment up to 3 business days before the appointment. After your original appointment date, you can then use the system to make another appointment. Repeated abuse of the scheduling system and failure to appear can result in a permanent ban of the online scheduling system for your case.

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 website at www.sdcourt.ca.gov. An appointment is required for all night court appearances. Bail is not required to appear in court.

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.

What types of payment do you accept?

MasterCard, Visa, cash, checks and money orders are accepted at the court.

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 or reducing 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 is required to appear in court.)
  2. Filing or mailing a written request to the Court.

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.
  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: (An appointment is required to appear in court.)
    1. Ask the court to consider your ability to pay.
    2. Request a reduction of the fine.
  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.

Who do I contact regarding a traffic citation I received?

There is a location on your ticket telling you where to report.

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

A Reminder Notice will be sent to you at the address listed on the citation. If you don't receive a notice before your appearance date, you should contact the appropriate court location, located at the bottom of your citation.

Am I eligible for traffic school?

Approximately two weeks prior to your appearance date, you may receive a reminder 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.

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

If you are eligible, your reminder notice will indicate that you have the option to attend traffic school. You may view the California Dept. of Motor Vehicles’ list at www.dmv.ca.gov.

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 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 or reducing the fine amount, ask for an installment plan based on your ability to pay, or ask to consider community service. (An appointment is required to appear in court.)

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:

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

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 at www.dmv.ca.gov.