Traffic Court Location and Hours of Operation
Modesto Traffic Division (Adult and Juvenile Traffic)
2260 Floyd Avenue, Modesto CA 95355
Traffic Clerk's Office Hours
Monday - Thursday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Fridays 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
(209) 530-3100, Select Option #1 for Traffic
Clerk’s Office Phone Hours
Mon. - Thurs. 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Fridays 10:00 AM. - 12:00 PM
Contact Us By Email!
Email is an easy way to ask questions without waiting in line or calling on the phone. So that we are able to help you in a more efficient manner, please try to ask as many questions as you can on the first email that you send to the clerk. This will help the clerk to be able to serve you timely, as well as to help the clerk be able to effectively serve others who also have questions/need assistance.
Please also include your case number, citation number, your full name, date of birth and your driver's license number (if you have one) in your email so we are able to quickly refer to your specific case(s).
Once you have your questions and information ready, you can email the clerk directly at one of the following email addresses based on subject (non-traffic school or traffic school):
o General traffic questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
o Traffic school questions: email@example.com
Juvenile Traffic Infraction cases are heard at:
Modesto Traffic Division
2260 Floyd Avenue, Modesto, CA
*Juvenile Traffic Infraction hearings are scheduled for hearing only on Wednesdays at 1:00 PM Effective January 22, 2014.
Juvenile Court (Other than Traffic Infractions) and Clerk’s Office
2215 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto CA
Monday - Thursday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Fridays 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Email Options Paying On-Line
Unable to Make Your Court Appearance
Appearing In Person Request a Payment Plan
Paying the Citation Payment Plan Information
Paying By Phone Request Traffic School
Where and When Do I Need to Take Care of My Traffic Ticket?
When you received a traffic citation, the officer should have written your date to appear (the due date) underneath your signature on the citation. This is the last date your citation must be resolved by, and you must either pay or resolve your ticket, or you must appear in court by the due date on your citation.
Do not ignore your citation. When you received the ticket (citation) from the law enforcement officer, you signed your name and you are making a promise to appear. If you fail to appear as directed, additional penalties will be imposed for your failure to appear and your license will be suspended. Failure to resolve your citation on or before the date listed at the bottom of your citation will result in additional penalties, which may include a $300.00 civil assessment, a warrant issued for your arrest, a suspension of your driver's license, and additional monetary assessments.
In addition, failure to appear will result in a trial in absentia conviction, which will report on your DMV record, and could result in additional civil assessment fees for failure to pay (per Local Rule 4.29). For more information on this, please see our Frequently Asked Question #14 - "What if I don't go to Court or pay my ticket?" http://www.stanct.org/Faqs.aspx?id=3
If your citation involves a mandatory appearance you must appear in Court. If you do not have a mandatory appearance noted, or you do not want to appear, you may pay the full bail amount to the court and do nothing further. The bail will then be accepted as a guilty plea and the case will be closed.
If you have a violation for which proof of correction can be shown, the fine may be reduced if proof of correction is provided to the court. In addition, there is a $25.00 proof of correction fee that must be included for each violation that requires proof of correction. An additional $10.00 administrative fee may also be required.
You may check for specific citation or case information on-line, including bail amounts, case numbers, and how to pay your bail in full. You may also email the Traffic Division clerk’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Our Court website also contains information on how to sign up for traffic school on-line, by phone, by mail, or in-person. We also have an email address you can use if you have specific questions regarding signing up for traffic school: email@example.com.
Our on-line phone payment and traffic school sign up options are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week at www.stanct.org , and by phone at (209) 530-3100. We also have a mobile version of our website available for use on smart phones and tablets.
Adult Traffic First Appearance in Court: If you choose to appear in Court prior to your first hearing date, the Court will hear your case on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., or on Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. for Adult Traffic cases. You should plan to arrive early enough to get checked in for the session. You may also watch our traffic arraignment video on-line for more information about your options prior to arriving at Court:
If you prefer to reach a clerk at the Traffic Division by email instead of by phone, you may email the Traffic Division at: firstname.lastname@example.org .
For information regarding traffic school, please also see the link on this website entitled: "Sign Up For Traffic School." If you have additional questions regarding Traffic School (requests, status of completion certificates, etc) you can also email the traffic school clerks at: email@example.com .
Unable To Make Your Court Appearance?
If you are unable to appear in Court, you must contact the Modesto Traffic Division once you have received your courtesy notice. You are eligible for a first time, one month extension as long as it is timely (on or before your hearing date). This extension can be made either by mail or by speaking with a clerk once you have received your Courtesy Notice.
When contacting the Court to request an extension or inquire about your case please have your docket number or citation number available to allow us to assist you. Your docket number is located on the top left hand corner of your Courtesy Notice that the Court mailed to you and the citation number is located on the top right hand corner of the ticket that was issued to you by the officer.
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Appearing In Person
Your first appearance in Traffic Court is called an arraignment. At the arraignment you will hear information that is availabile online for your convenience: Traffic Arraignment Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtloykAScvk&uid=h2XRngQL6s8gVAqQJxMveg&lr=1 This video outlines important information regarding your rights, and you will be informed of your options for handling your case.
You do not have to wait until the appearance date listed on your citation to take care of your traffic matter. If the Court's online case index lists your citation or information regarding your ticket, the Court will likely have your case ready for you to either pay or appear in court. If you want to appear sooner than your date, you can go to the Traffic office on a "walk-in" basis on one of the Walk-in court dates.
Adult cases that are timely (NOT in Failure To Appear/FTA status*) can attend walk-in court:
Mondays and Tuesdays at 8:00 am, 9:30 am or 1:00 pm
Juvenile Cases that are timely or in failure to appear status: Juvenile infraction cases are ONLY heard on Wednesday afternoons at 1:00 p.m.
Adults with a case in Failure to Appear status where a DMV hold has been placed on the license may only appear on Wednesday at either 8:00 am or 9:30 am, or on Thursday at 1:00 p.m.
Juvenile cases are heard only on Wednesday afternoons at 1:00 p.m. Juveniles must have a parent or guardian with them in order for them to appear in Court, unless they have turned 18 by the date of their appearance in court.
Clerk's Office hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 8:00 to 12:00 Fridays
To sign up for walk-in Court you must go to the Modesto Traffic Court, on the specified date and pull a number to wait for a clerk to assist you. You will hear announcements giving priority check-ins for those going to court, followed by assistance with questions and payment options and clerks will be available to assist you. Please note that the clerk cannot advise you on whether or not you should go to court, so please listen for the information, or if you are unsure, wait for clerk to call your number to provide you with additional information to help you with your choices. It is helpful if you watch the online video, as it contains in-depth information regarding your options.
If you simply prefer to pay your citation and not go to court, you can pay online, by phone, or at the Traffic Division Office where your case is assigned unless your citation reads "Mandatory Appearance".
Note: You may be able to handle your matter and pay for your traffic citation online or by phone, and also sign up for traffic school. Please click on the link provided below (under the heading "If You Are Paying Online") to determine if you qualify.
At the arraignment, the Judicial Officer will ask how you want to plead.
If you plead, "Not Guilty" you will be given an option to set a court trial with the officer present or you can opt to have a trial by written declaration. A trial by written declaration (TBD) is when you submit your testimony in written form and the officer does the same. If you choose to have a Trial by Declaration, you must first submit your request in writing to the court. Information will be sent to you explaining how to proceed. A due date will be given for you to post bail and submit your written declaration to the court. Juveniles also have the option of requesting a trial by written declaration.
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Paying the Citation
You may pay in person, by drop box, by mail, online, or by phone at (209) 530-3100 (select option 1).
Please do not send cash through the mail or through the drop box. If you are paying by check, please make sure to write the docket number (located on the left corner of your Courtesy Notice) on the left-hand corner of your check.
Paying By Phone
Your payment must be posted two business days prior to your due date to avoid further penalties and assessments.
The court offers a convenient payment option by phone, that is available 24 hrs per day and 7 days a week. Call (209) 530-3100, and select voice prompts 1-1 to skip to the traffic ticket payment option. There is a $4.65 charge to pay by credit or debit card. You may also choose to pay from your checking account by electronic fund transfer for $1.95. Please note that the phone system payment option requires at least two days to process your payment.
Click here to pay your citation online. Please note that the online system requires at least two days to process your payment. Your payment must be posted two business days prior to your due date to avoid further penalties and assessments.
Request a Payment Plan
The Payment Plan is a program which allows you to make monthly payments on your citation (ticket). If you are interested, you must appear in court on or before your arraignment date to request a payment plan or go to "Payment Plan Contract" on this website. A one-time processing fee of $35 will be added to your bail and must be paid when setting up your account. Payment plans are set up for completion of payments to occur within 12 months.
There are several options in paying on your payment plan:
Fiscal A/R Payment Options:
Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m and
Friday 8:00 a.m -12:00 p.m.
Methods of payment: Cash & credit card [Visa or MasterCard];
(Only Cash or Cashier's check if case is in collections)
Location: 2260 Floyd Ave., Modesto, CA 95355
*DROP BOX*: Payments received after 4:00 p.m. will be processed the next
businesss day at 2260 Floyd Ave., Modesto, CA 95355
*(check, money order, or cashier's check - no cash in drop
*RECURRING METHOD: (by credit card [Visa or MasterCard])
*ONLINE (Fees Apply): http:www.stanct.org
(by credit card [Visa or MasterCard] or online check)
*BY MAIL: Superior Court of California, Traffic Division
2260 Floyd Ave., Modesto, CA 95355
by check, money order, or cashier's check, payable to:
Superior Court - please include case number(s)
*BY PHONE (Fees Apply): (209) 530-3100 (credit cards [Visa or MasterCard])
Automated: Follow voice prompts for 24 hour automated payment options (without clerk assistance).
Clerk Assisted: If you need a clerk's assistance with making your payment, please be advised there is a $10 convenience fee for paying by phone directly with a clerk, and hours of availability are limited:
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Mon - Thurs and
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Friday
Payment Plan Information
It is your responsibility to make payments as agreed. If payments are not made by the agreed date, there may be further penalties added in the amount of $310.00 or more per case and your driver's license may be suspended. Should your license be suspended, the suspension will not be lifted until the amount owed is paid in full.
It is your responsibility to notify the Court if you have a change of address, financial status or if you cannot make your payment by the agreed upon date.
Request Traffic School
You may be eligible to enroll if you have not attended in the past 18 months. You must have a California driver's license to be eligible for Traffic school - driver's with out of state licenses are NOT eligible for traffic school. If you are eligible and you register for traffic school, there is a $59 non-refundable fee along with your bail that is paid to the court. When you pay your citation it is considered a conviction which may result in points being applied to your DMV record. Attending traffic school will keep the point off your record, as long as your violation is considered eligible for traffic school.
You may register for Traffic School at the same time you pay your fine online (Click on PAY YOUR TRAFFIC CITATION), or over the phone at (209) 530-3100 and follow the voice prompts for paying your ticket.
You may also request Traffic School by Mail or in person at the Traffic Division, 2260 Floyd Avenue, Modesto, CA 95355 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Thursday and 8:00 am to 12:00 p.m. on Fridays, with the exception of Court holidays. To access the entire DMV list of approved Traffic Violator Schools please go to the 'Traffic School List' section at http://www.dmv.ca.gov./olinq2/welcome.do.
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THE INFORMATION POSTED ON THIS WEBSITE IS NOT INTENDED TO CONSTITUTE LEGAL ADVICE OR TO TAKE THE PLACE OF THE ASSISTANCE OF COMPETENT LEGAL COUNSEL. YOU SHOULD SPEAK TO AN ATTORNEY OF YOUR CHOICE FOR SPECIFIC INFORMATION ABOUT THE FACTS OF YOUR CASE AND YOUR RIGHTS.