Phone: (415) 448-8230
Location: Civic Center, Hall of Justice, Room C-10
Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Resolve your citations online or by phone. It’s easy and convenient!
Individuals with traffic or minor infraction citations can resolve these cases any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Online access is available here. Phone access is available by calling (415) 448-8230. The phone hours are Monday – Friday 5:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (PST), and Saturday 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. (PST).
These systems are user-friendly and will prompt an individual making an inquiry to enter a case number, citation number or driver’s license number plus his or her date of birth to retrieve information about infraction cases pending before the court. The public can use these systems to:
Citations and Notices
The Court files citations received from all Marin County law enforcement agencies including local police departments, animal control, parks, open space, and fish and game agencies, as well as Marin County citations from the California Highway Patrol. When an individual is cited by a law enforcement officer for a traffic, local ordinance, animal control or other violation, the original citation is delivered to the Court for processing. Please note that the Court does NOT handle parking citations. For information on how to take care of these citations, please click here.
Once the Court receives the original citation from the law enforcement agency, it creates a court docket of the citation and generates and mails a courtesy notice to the person who was cited. This courtesy notice will contain the amount due (called the 'bail'); the deadline to appear in court without additional penalties; information regarding traffic violator school eligibility; and, for any correctable citation (sometimes called a 'fix it' ticket), the requirements needed to clear the citation. For more information on traffic violator school eligibility, attendance and procedures for showing proof of completion, please click here. For more information on the procedures to resolve correctable citations for vehicle registration, insurance or equipment repairs, please click here.
Most citations can be resolved without ever appearing in court, by paying the bail or paying the bail along with requesting traffic violator school or providing proof of correction. A small number of citations require individuals to appear in court. The courtesy notices for these citations will have the words "Mandatory Appearance" on them. Individuals with these citations must appear in court. For information on the requirements for mandatory appearances, please click here.
It can take from a few days to several weeks for the courtesy notice to be mailed. This is because some law enforcement agencies deliver their citations to the Court frequently (more often than once a week) while others deliver them only a few times per month. The Court cannot quote bail or give you information regarding your citation until it is received from the police agency.
The law enforcement officer enters a date, called the 'promise to appear' date, on the citation, approximately three weeks from the date of the citation. This date is very important, as individuals who fail to contact the Court by that date may be subject to sanctions and penalties in excess of the amount they would owe on their citations.
Individuals are responsible for contacting the Court, by phone or in person, by the promise to appear date on their citations, whether or not they have received their courtesy notices in the mail.
Individuals who do not respond to the courtesy notice by the due date will receive a 'final notice - failure to appear' giving them one final opportunity to resolve their citations before penalties and court sanctions are imposed. Individuals may request a one-time extension of time to pay the bail by contacting the court in person or by phone. The request must be made on or before the due date.
For individuals who disregard all notices from the Court or who make arrangements to pay the bail or appear in court but do not fulfill these requirements, the Court will impose additional penalties and sanctions. A $100 civil assessment will be added and the case will be referred to a collection agency. For information about the collection agency that handles delinquent citations, please click here. For more information about the additional penalties and court sanctions that may result from failing to resolve citations by the deadline, please click here.
Options to Resolve Citations
There are five ways to take care of citations:
Court Penalties and Sanctions for Failing to Appear or Failing to Comply with Court Processes or Orders
The Court may impose significant monetary penalties and court sanctions on individuals who do not:
Express Service Drop Box
The Court provides an Express Service Drop Box in the Room C-10 lobby for those individuals who do not want to wait in line to make a payment. For more information, please see below.
The Court will grant an automatic 30-day extension of time to pay, as long as the request for the extension was received before the due date on the courtesy notice.Scheduling a court trial:
Individuals who wish to plead 'not guilty' on a citation may schedule a court trial date by mail, online or by appearing in the Traffic Clerk's Office on or before the due date on the citation.
Court trials are scheduled throughout the week at various times. The Traffic Court clerk will schedule court trials. When requesting a court trial, an individual is assigned a trial date and the officer who issued the citation will be subpoenaed to appear at the trial.
Court trials cannot be rescheduled for any reason when a request to reset the trial date is received by the Court within ten (10) calendar days of the trial date. The reason this cannot be done is because the Court will have insufficient time to notify the other party.
The Court authorizes a trial date to be reset one time only. Requests for second and subsequent resets of the trial date will not be granted.
Pursuant to Penal Code section 17(d), certain charges may be filed in the Court as misdemeanors or infractions. These charges are Business and Professions Code section 25662; Penal Code section 555; and Vehicle Code sections 12500(a), 23109(b) and (c), and 14601.1(a). Defendants have the right to request that these charges be elevated to misdemeanor charges. If defendants request elevation of these charges, their cases will be transferred to a criminal arraignment department.Traffic Court – Failure to Appear Holds and Penalties
An individual who disregards the citation, courtesy notice and final notice and fails to appear in court by the due date is subject to immediate sanctions by the Court, as follows:
Legal assistance with cases filed in the Traffic Clerk's Office
There are resources available to help individuals in understanding traffic court processes or preparing to go to court. Some of these resources include:
Links to Specific Topics