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Pay Traffic Tickets Online in California

Citations or traffic tickets are issued in the State of California for various violations of traffic law. You must respond to a citation, usually by paying a fine or appearing in court, or else a warrant may be issued for your arrest and your driving license may be suspended.

If you wish to dispute the citation, you must appear in court personally on the scheduled date, and enter a "not guilty" plea. Appearing in court gives you an opportunity to fight the traffic ticket in front of a judge or jury, and most people prefer to hire a traffic ticket lawyer to defend them in court.

PAYING A TRAFFIC TICKET - WHAT IT MEANS

When you pay a ticket, you are essentially pleading guilty to a traffic offense. Motorists should be aware that receiving and paying a traffic citation could result in higher car insurance rates and points on your driving record. Your license may be suspended if you accumulate too many points on your driving record.

THE ALTERNATIVE - FIGHT THE TICKET

The alternative to paying a traffic ticket is to fight it in order to save on points, auto insurance increases and keep your driving record clean. The easiest way to fight your ticket is to have a local traffic ticket lawyer handle the case for you. To have a local certified lawyer contact you in order to discuss your case you can submit the TixNix form at the top of this page. They will discuss your case with no obligation to see if its in your best interests to fight this ticket.

HOW TO PAY THE FINE

If you decide to plead guilty to a traffic violation, there are several ways to pay the ticket. Generally, the back of the citation will clearly indicate the deadlines and options for answering the ticket. Usually, you must act within fifteen days of receiving a traffic ticket to avoid additional fines and possible suspension of your license.

  1. Pay online. In most counties in California, traffic tickets can be paid online using a credit or debit card. Visit the California State Payment of Fines site to see the list of counties that accept online payment and to determine whether you are eligible to use the online payment system.
  2. Pay by mail. Read the instructions on the back of the ticket carefully, then check the "Guilty" box and sign the ticket. Enclose a check or money order for the amount indicated on the ticket and mail to the address given. Be sure to retain a copy of the citation for your personal records.
  3. Pay in person. You can pay your traffic tickets at the court house in person (address will be there on the notice, if not just look up your local court on the web). Bring the citation with you, along with a check, money order, Visa or MasterCard. In addition, bring proof of identity (i.e. your driver license).

PLEADING NOT GUILTY

If you decide to plead not guilty and dispute the ticket, read the instructions on the back of the ticket carefully. The instructions will generally indicate when and how to plead not guilty, and information about appearing in court to dispute your ticket. See our general section on Traffic Tickets and Violations for more information about how to dispute a traffic ticket in California State.

DISMISSAL OF CHARGES

Remember that you cannot be found guilty of committing a traffic offense unless there is clear, accurate and convincing evidence that you committed the violation. Charges may be dismissed in court if the citation includes vague or incorrect information. For instance, vehicle information, time, location and circumstances must all be indicated correctly on the ticket. Many motorists choose to consult with a traffic ticket attorney to help them evaluate the validity of the ticket, and whether or not it is likely to be dismissed in court.

LOST TICKETS

If you lost a traffic ticket after receiving it, you must contact the court where the ticket is answerable. If you do not know the name of the appropriate court, contact the local DMV office.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Reviews of Pay Traffic Tickets Online in California

This Traffice Court setup is as stupid as it could get; it needs to be shut down until they can get organized and develop a level of reasonable competence.

Another horribly ran government service, I received a ticket somewhere around 5 years ago for driving without insurance. I happened to be leaving the country on live abroad the next day. Now I have returned and there is no way to get any information other than standing in live for hours on end to ask a simple question. Does the DMV and California realize that we are in the 21st century, everything is ran though technology except DMV, which still relies on upset, angry and horrible people to run a service. Oh before you make a comment like just call the toll free number, call it yourself. A call center that is down, does nothing.

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is there a way to get your license back before you pay all the fines tou. what i mean is while you are making payments to them? or at least a restriced license

Is it mandatory to appear at court for any violation such as a ticket?

only if you want to fight it, request reduced fee or request monthly payments

can i make payments on a parking ticket

Yes

Since I am a full-time college student who is constantly busy with school, I completely forgot to pay for a $300 ticket that i received, and now i just got a notice telling me that my new bail amount is $1800!!! I thought the government was suppose to work for the people... I mean what kind of money making scheme is this when you get charged $1500 for making an honest mistake.

This same thing happened to me. If your ticket has not already gone to collections, has not been reported as a FTP/FTA failure to pay/appear, I would suggest that you pay it, or hire a traffic attorney to handle this for you ASAP! Otherwise you license will most surely be suspended, and the collection agencies are a nightmare to deal with.

My licsence has been suspended. Its been awhile now as I'm trying to find out what I owe. Which I don't. Think I should owe ANYTHING. maybe just a late fee. Went to court paid on ticket fines around close to 1,000- made all payments except or 100- partial to a the last 100- due toward paying off and being clear. I did not re dive last. Itice. As I know I have read DMV is not obligated to remind you if payments do. But received previous reminder notices of payment arrangements. I...seriouslly thought ALL was good and paid up and off. But..then received notice licsence is...SUSPENDED! Bunch of.... bananas. Don't. Ya think. Now what. Pay collections? A lot of time has past. I have nit a chance... what to do...? What to do..? Thanks~

I lost my ticket and need to pay it. I'm a college student at UNLV. Can I find information and pay on-line. What will they need? Thank you!!!!!!

I have a failure to appear.. Due to me starting a new job . So they suspened my license.. I need to get a restricted license to drive to work . Can that be done.. Until I can pay the 800.oo dollars

i got a ticket and forgot to pay now my driver lic is suspp and i got another ticket for driving with the suspp lic and what should i do?

how can i add more time so i can pay off tickets im a college student with a part time job?

I got a red light ticket and its $480 for tthe ticket and $530 for traffic school is there any way i can pay any of that in payments??? In San diego, CA

I recieved a fix it ticket in newport beach, CA. After conacting the court house the orange county database and the police sation in newport , not one can located the ticket in the file. Whats my next step.

i goy a parking ticket in front of San Gabriel high School in the city of San Gabriel but i lost my citation, how can i find out where to send

the fine?

My friend got a ticket and paid for it in full plus traffic school. She found it going to traffic school was not an option for her, and now she is being charged the full amount of the ticket again. Is that legal?

Does the fine have to be paid in one payment or will they take installments

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I do not have any violations, I am checking on violation codes.

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me to..i already paid for my ticket so i am waiting to see if my suspension is lifted? how do i find this out? can i find out on line?

Is there anything I have to pay to get my license back

i have a ticket i havent been try to fix wat can i do to pay it do i have to go to court to see the judge?

I hv a suspension in bakersfield/kern county scheduled for 24th of July, I'm going tomarrw on the 23rd . I know,its way late but I hv been having car issues. Car has been in shop.since 7.10.13 (http://7.10.13) k my ?/ prob relates to following..

I got a seat belt ticket, the first I ever recvd early this year maybe Feb,.my.gma just.passed recently,honestly I've .not handled self.well or my affairs,hv all.gone to.Shit. not making excuses.learning all lessons .and seeking counsel.

Ticket issue for.real.Contd (http://for.real.Contd) here, so any way its .my first ticket like such, except for.a.parking (http://for.a.parking) ticket which not in my name,but for my parkd car belonging 2 mom

I got extension, and forgot to.show for.that or rather had no gas to get there, I.did.call (http://I.did.call) however .

So now I get scheduled suspension .on.24th ,or.appear.in court by then. I'm.going tomarrw I hv a lil bit of $ and can mk .payments, esp more payments and quiker *****if able to retain.my.Lic.?***** dmv sent this notice to .appear in court . I know its like 700..and what's civil assesmnt? And how and .if I hv .to.ask.for reduction for fee? My

Biggest concern is this prior to scheduled suspension, b4 able to.speak with judge, Will I still b able.to.drive (http://able.to.drive) ?)if .payments can b .made while doing so (its obviously nt .gnna b in full-) Will I still b able to keep Lic. So I can.hv my car help me to earn $ if so will I also hv to give sum to dmv $?

Any help tht.any one.can offer ASAP would b greatly appreciated. K.

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