Welcome to the Traffic Division of The Superior Court of California, County of Stanislaus. Traffic Court deals with violations of traffic laws and other minor offenses of State and County ordinances.
Traffic Infractions Amnesty Program
On June 24, 2015, the Governor signed into law a one-time amnesty program for unpaid traffic and non-traffic infraction tickets. You might be eligible for a reduction in unpaid traffic debt at 50% or 80%, and/or you may also be eligible for a release of your driver’s license. This program began October 1, 2015 and runs through March 31, 2017. Learn more about this program at the following links: http://www.stanct.org/traffic-amnesty-program and www.courts.ca.gov/trafficamnesty.htm
Amnesty participation forms are located on the Court’s website at: http://www.stanct.org/forms/7 . You must submit your Amnesty Participation form(s) to the Stanislaus Superior Court Traffic Division Clerks’ Office located at 2260 Floyd Avenue, Modesto, CA 95355. Please note the Amnesty window is only in operation from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of each week, except on state and federal holidays.
Please note that a separate participation form is required for each case for amnesty requests. Eligibility reviews are conducted after a form is submitted. We are unable to determine eligibility by phone or by email. Once the eligibility review is completed, the Clerk will contact you by phone with the results, therefore, it is important to provide a current telephone number where the Clerk can reach you. Once you receive word from the Clerk, you must then visit the Court in to complete the Amnesty process. If you are eligible, your fines can be greatly reduced, and/or your driver’s license can be released from DMV hold.
A one-time $50 Amnesty Participation fee will be required. You can read more about the eligibility requirements at the following link: www.courts.ca.gov/trafficamnesty.htm.
Adult and Juvenile Traffic infraction matters:
2260 Floyd Avenue, Modesto, CA (209) 530-3100
Juvenile Court Clerk’s Office (other than traffic infractions):
2215 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto, CA (209) 530-3100
Hours of Operation:
Adult and Juvenile Traffic Clerk's Office Hours
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., effective July 8, 2016
Amnesty Office Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (no payments after 3:00 p.m.)
Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
(209) 530-3100, select option #1 for Traffic
Amnesty Phone hours: Wednesday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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. 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). This will help the clerk serve you timely, as well as to help the clerk be able to effectively serve others who also have questions/need assistance. Email the Traffic Court Clerk’s Office directly at one of the following email addresses based on subject (non-traffic school or traffic school):
General traffic questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Traffic school questions: email@example.com
Where and When Do I Need to Take Care of My Traffic Ticket?
When you received your traffic citation, the officer wrote your date to appear (the due date) underneath your signature on the citation. This is the due date for resolving your citation 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 citation from the law enforcement officer, you signed your name and made a promise to appear for Court. 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 also result in additional penalties, which may include an additional $300.00 civil assessment. It's important to contact the Court to avoid additional sanctions if you are unable to appear at the hearing listed on your citation. A one-time 30-day extension can be requested, as long as it's on or before your first hearing date.
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 subject, please see our Frequently Asked Question #14 - "What if I don't go to Court or pay my ticket?" If you receive a Notice of Decision on Trial in Absentia, and still wish to contest it, you have only 20 days to file a Trial De Novo (Request for New Trial). If you do not file within this timeframe, your options are very limited.
If your citation involves a mandatory appearance you must appear in Court. Mandatory appearances will be noted on your Courtesy Notice. 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 by your due date. 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. Specific case information is available on-line, including bail amounts, case numbers and instructions for how to pay your bail in full using the automated system. You may also email the Traffic Division Clerk’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information on questions you might have. Payments can be mailed in along with the proof of correction (signed off citation or other documentation), or you can use the Drop Box located on the Traffic Division's southern exit door. Please note that the sign-off of the proof of correction must be done on the back of your original citation. If you have lost your original, you must either obtain a certified copy from the Court (at a cost) or obtain a copy from the agency that cited you. An agency copy must have a controlled document stamp or other identifying mark of authenticity from the agency. You may also have a document that serves as a proof of correction, such as an insurance card or vehicle registration, which may also be accepted.
Pursuant to California Rule of Court 4.105(b), you have the option to appear in court for arraignment and trial without posting bail. Under rule of Court 4.105(c), bail is required to be deposited if you elect to proceed with trial by written declaration without appearing in court (VC 40902) and/or written not guilty plea (VC40519(a-b)), or elect to pay bail and not contest the citation or appear in court (VC 40510 and 40521).
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 Monday or Tuesday at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. or Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. for Adult Traffic cases. Please 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:
Juvenile Traffic Infractions
Juvenile cases are heard only on Wednesday afternoons at 1:00 p.m. and are handled at the same location as Adult Traffic. 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.
Unable To Make Your Court Appearance?
If you are unable to appear in Court, you must contact the Modesto Traffic Division on or prior to your Court date. You are eligible for a on-time 30 day extension as long as it is submitted on or before your hearing date. This extension can be made by mail, by speaking with a clerk or by emailing your request to email@example.com. Please include your Court case number or citation number so the clerk is able to quickly assist you with your request. Your case 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. If you do not have either, you can search the Court’s online case index to find your case number. If you do not have a case or a citation number please include your full name, your date of birth and driver’s license number so the clerk is able to locate your case.
Appearing In Person
Your first appearance or hearing in Traffic Court is called an arraignment. At the arraignment you will hear important information regarding your rights, an overview of what happens at the arraignment and you will be informed of your options for handling your case. You can view the online traffic arraignment video for more information.
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 in Court before your scheduled date, you can appear at the Traffic Court on a "walk-in" basis. You must appear on one of the Court dates listed below, based on your status:
- Adult cases that are timely (NOT in "Failure to Appear/FTA" status) can attend walk-in court: Mondays and Tuesdays at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.
- Adults with a case in Failure to Appear status, where a DMV hold has been placed on the license are only eligible to appear in Court on Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. or 9:30 a.m.
To sign up for walk-in Court, you must appear on or before your Court date on your citation at the Traffic Court Clerk’s office and take a number to wait for a clerk to assist you. You will hear announcements giving priority check-ins for those who are going to Court, followed by clerk assistance with questions and payment options when Court check-ins are completed.
Please note that the clerk cannot advise you on whether or not you should go to Court, so if you are unsure of what your options might be, wait for the clerk to call your number to provide you with additional information to help you with your choices. If you are able to watch the online video, you can receive in-depth information regarding your options and have a better idea of what you might like to do when you come to Court. If you simply prefer to pay your citation and not go to Court and your case is not considered a “mandatory appearance”, you can pay online, by phone or on-site at the Traffic Division Office without having to appear in the courtroom.
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 this line (http://trafficfines.stanct.org:8080/LocateFines/) 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 may choose to have a Trial by Written Declaration. A Trial by Written Declaration (TBD) process is when you and the officer both submit your testimony on a written form. If you choose to have a Trial by Written Declaration, you can also submit a written request for this type of trial to the Court, rather than appearing to request it in Court. Information will be sent to you explaining how to proceed. If you choose to have a Trial by Written Declaration, bail is required to be posted at the time the written forms are filed. Juveniles also have the option of requesting a trial by written declaration.
Request Traffic School
You may be eligible to attend traffic school if you have not attended in the past 18 months (from violation date to violation date). You must have a California driver's license to be eligible for traffic school. Drivers with out-of-state licenses are NOT eligible for traffic school. If you are eligible and you register for traffic school, there is a $59.00 non-refundable fee that is required to be paid along with your bail, as a required State fee. Additional costs will be paid to the traffic school that you select as their cost for providing you with traffic school. Attending traffic school may keep points off of your driving record, as long as your violation is considered eligible for traffic school. If you do not attend traffic school and choose to pay your citation, it is reported as a conviction to DMV, which may result in points being applied to your DMV record.
You may register for traffic school at the same time you pay your fine online (see “PAY YOUR TRAFFIC CITATION” above). You are also able to sign up for traffic school using the automated phone system at (209) 530-3100. Follow the voice prompts for paying your ticket and you will be prompted to request traffic school. You can also sign up by mail or in person, at the Traffic Clerk’s Office (see location above). Once you sign up for traffic school online or by phone, you can access an online list of Traffic Violator Schools on DMV’s website: http://www.dmv.ca.gov./olinq2/welcome.do. When you complete your traffic school, your traffic school will send your completion information directly to DMV and the Court will receive notification from DMV that you have completed traffic school.
Paying the Citation
You may pay in person, by Drop Box, by mail, online at http://trafficfines.stanct.org/ 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-hand 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 hours 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 and Payment Plan Payment Options
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 $35.00 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.
Payment Plan Responsibilities and Requirements
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.
Options for Paying Monthly Payment Plan Payments
- In Person: You can pay in person at the Traffic Court Clerk’s office (see hours of operation and location at the top of this page). Methods of payment include cash and credit card (Visa or MasterCard). If your case has gone into collections status, you may only make full payment in cash or by cashier’s check.
- Drop Box: You can pay using the Drop Box at our Traffic Court Clerk’s office (see hours of operation and location at the top of this page). Payments received after 4:00 p.m. will be processed on the next business day. Payments must be by check, money order or cashier's check. Please do not place cash in the Drop Box.
- Online: You can pay online at http://trafficfines.stanct.org:8080/LocateFines/ , by Visa or MasterCard or online check.A small fee applies for online payment.
- Mail: You can pay by check, money order or cashier’s check, payable to Superior Court of California, by mailing payment to the Traffic Division at the location listed above. Please include your case number(s) that so we are able to apply your payment properly.
- By Automated Phone call: You can pay by phone at (209) 530-3100, option 1, using a Visa, MasterCard or online check. A small fee applies for automated phone payments. (If you require direct clerk’s assistance with making your payment a $10.00 convenience fee will be required for direct clerk payment assistance.)
Request Traffic School
You may be eligible to attend traffic school if you have not attended in the past 18 months (from violation date to violation date). You must have a California driver's license to be eligible for traffic school. Drivers with out-of-state licenses are NOT eligible for traffic school. If you are eligible and you register for traffic school, there is a $59.00 non-refundable fee that is required to be paid along with your bail, as a required State fee. Additional costs will be paid to the traffic school that you select as their cost for providing you with traffic school. Attending traffic school may keep points off of your driving record, as long as your violation is considered eligible for traffic school. If you do not attend traffic school, and choose to pay your citation, it is reported as a conviction to DMV, which may result in points being applied to your DMV record.
You may register for traffic school at the same time you pay your fine online (see “PAY YOUR TRAFFIC CITATION” above). You are also able to sign up for traffic school using the automated phone system at (209) 530-3100. Follow the voice prompts for paying your ticket and you will be prompted to request traffic school. You can access an online list of Traffic Violator Schools on DMV’s website from the link provided below. After signing up for traffic school online, you will not receive any notifications regarding available traffic schools - you must use the lists provided online. Once you complete your traffic school course, the school will send your completion information directly to DMV and the Court will receive notification from DMV that you have completed traffic school.
You may also request traffic school by mail or in person at the Traffic Division. 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.
Traffic Tickets - Other Self Help Links
There are frequently asked questions and other traffic-related topics on our website. If you would like some additional information on traffic ticket basics, including common topics such as "how to pay a traffic ticket", "how to ask for a Trial By Written Declaration", "traffic school", or other general or frequently asked questions, you can find them in the Traffic Self Help portion of the Judicial Council's website at: http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-traffic.htm.
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.