May 15, 2021

New Citation Arraignment Options

Traffic Court Information 


On August 3, 2020, the Traffic Court Clerk's office will be open on Monday through Friday, from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; phone hours will be from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Traffic trials and arraignment have resumed. 


Arraignments Only

Please consider using the new program for reduction of fines without having to make a Court appearance.  You may be able to reduce your fines, take traffic school, show proof of correction and resolve your case without having to attend a Traffic Court hearing.   Follow the link below under “Reduction of Fine Without a Court Appearance, Resolution Program” to download a one page form to complete and send to the Traffic Court Clerk’s office.  You can mail it to 2260 Floyd Avenue, Modesto, CA 95355.  There is a 24-hour drop box available at this location, if you prefer to drop it off. 


New Citation Arraignment Options Are Available:

  • Pay a Fine

    Once the Court has received your citation from the officer, you can go online to pay the fine on our website at: A Traffic Court Reminder Notice will be sent to you with your bail amount and appearance date.  If the Court is still closed on the appearance date, please return to this website to pay or to participate in a resolution program for reduction of fine without a Court appearance. You may also mail payments or drop payments in the drop box located at the Traffic Court location listed at the top of this page.  

  • Reduction of Fine Without a Court Appearance, Resolution Program (One Page Form)

    You may participate in a resolution program for a significant reduction of fines without a court appearance, submit proof of correction and request traffic school if you are eligible.  There is no need to personally appear in order to take advantage of this option.  Your case must be timely, and not on a failure to appear status to be eligible for this program.  Download the form at:  Submit your form for filing to the Traffic Clerk’s office at 2260 Floyd Avenue, Modesto, CA 95355, either by mail or drop box. You will receive a filed copy in the mail with your final bail amount due and your due date for payment and/or your traffic school completion due date.

  • Request a Trial or Trial by Written Declaration:

    Please note that all in-person trials are currently suspended or continued to a future date due to the current public health situation.  Hearings will not be scheduled until after the suspension is lifted. 

  • Appear in Court for Arraignment

    If the court is still closed on your “appear by” due date, please return to the website to pay, or participate in the resolution program for reduction of fines without a court appearance, or request an appointment for a court date when hearings become available on August 3, 2020.  Check back on the website or email the Traffic Clerk at  Information on scheduling an appointment for your arraignment hearing is listed in the next bullet.

  • Arraignments will resume by appointment only on August 3, 2020.  An appointment must be scheduled at least three working days in advance.  For more information and to scheduled your appointment, please click this link:


Due to the unpredictable nature of the current unprecedented public health event, your case will not go delinquent at this time, no additional fees will be added, and the DMV will not receive a request to place a hold on your license until after the court has reopened.  If you do not take advantage of the options above, you may check back on the Court’s website for updated information or contact the Clerk's Office for additional information.  

If your license is already on DMV hold status, and you are experiencing a financial hardship that would prevent you from paying a reduced amount, you are not eligible for the resolution program.  You can choose to start a payment plan on the full amount due, or you can submit a Request for Order packet to the Clerk’s office for the Judicial Officer to review your request and any financial documentation to request your license to be released and for the Court to consider your ability to pay, or for community service in-lieu of paying a fine. Request for Order packet and instructions are on the court’s website at this link: .

Last updated: April 08, 2021 4:09 PM