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Handling Your Ticket
How can you handle your ticket online?

You have a number of options for handling your citation[G] or ticket[G] through the Los Angeles Superior Court Online Services. You can:
  • Check the status of a ticket by California driver's license number
  • Check the status of a ticket by citation number
  • Pay for a ticket
  • Request traffic school[G]
  • Request a 30-day extension to complete traffic school
  • Request a 60-day extension from the court appearance date on the ticket
  • Request a 90-day extension to make a fine payment
  • Request a court date
You will need the information on your ticket or courtesy notice[G] to proceed with any these options.
Can you pay a ticket written outside Los Angeles County?

If your ticket was issued by a law enforcement agency[G] in a county other than Los Angeles County, you may still be able to pay it online.
For more information on how to pay your tickets written in other California counties, go to the State of California website.
What is a courtesy notice?

The courtesy notice is not required by law but is mailed as a service of the court to provide you with information to help you handle your ticket. Your courtesy notice is created when the ticket information is entered in the Los Angeles Superior Court’s traffic management system and is usually mailed to you 3 to 4 weeks after you receive a ticket. Your courtesy notice will tell you the:
  • Amount of your fine[G] including penalty assessment[G]
  • Amount due for traffic school if you are eligible to attend
  • Amount due for correctable violations[G]
  • Options for entering a not guilty plea to have a court trial[G] or trial by written declaration
  • Date and time scheduled for your court appearance
Important
If you do not receive a courtesy notice, you must still appear at the court listed on the ticket by the due date given.
How can you check the status of a ticket?

You can check the status of your ticket using the Search by Driver’s License Number feature. You will need your:
  • Date of birth
  • Driver’s license number
Find your ticket using Online Services Search by Driver’s License Number.
You can check the status of your ticket using the Search by Ticket Number feature. You will need:
  • The assigned court for the ticket
  • The law enforcement agency that issued the ticket
  • The citation number
  • Your date of birth
Find your ticket using Online Services Search by Ticket Number.
How do you pay a ticket?

You may pay the bail[G] amount or fine for your ticket to the Court before the date on the ticket that you are required to appear. The bail on a ticket is the amount of money required to guarantee your appearance in Court. This amount is set by a bail schedule according to your cited violation.
You can pay your ticket:
  • By Online Services on this website
  • By phone
  • By mail
  • In person at the court location on your ticket
Pay your ticket online using Online Services Pay Ticket.
Pay your ticket by phone. You can find the phone number you need when you select the courthouse listed on your ticket under Traffic Locations.
When you pay the fine and do not appear in court on the date on the ticket:
  • The bail is declared forfeited[G]
  • The case[G] may be closed
  • The ticket information is forwarded to the DMV and recorded on your driving record
If you do not pay your fine on or before the appearance date on your ticket you must appear in court on that date for an arraignment hearing[G]. At your hearing, you may:
  • Pay the bail amount
  • Request traffic school if you are eligible
  • Enter a plea of guilty, no-contest, or not guilty
When you pay the ticket, the resulting conviction will be reported on your driving record. Most traffic violations are reportable on driver’s license for a period of 3 years. This means that any violations, or points associated with those violations, will remain on your driving record for 3 years.
Important
Some violations require a mandatory court appearance and cannot be paid online or by phone.
How do you schedule a court date?

Your first court date is your arraignment hearing. You can make your own appointment for your hearing, or your attorney can make it for you if you have one. You should check your calendar before scheduling an arraignment date as appointments for arraignments dates cannot be changed or canceled. Most arraignment hearings are by appointment only. Court sessions are usually scheduled for 8:30 am or 1:30 pm.
You can schedule your arraignment hearing:
  • By Online Services on this website
  • By phone
  • In person at the court location on your ticket
Schedule your arraignment hearing using Online Services Search by Driver’s License Number.
Schedule your arraignment hearing using Online Services Search by Ticket Number.
Schedule your arraignment hearing by phone. You can find the phone number you need when you select the courthouse listed on your ticket under Traffic Locations.
Important
If you fail to appear in court or pay a ticket by the due date a DMV hold may be placed on your driver's license or a warrant[G] being issued for your arrest.
How can you get a Night Court Arraignment Hearing?

You can have an arraignment hearing in night court. You can schedule your night court hearing by phone or online.
Schedule your night court arraignment hearing using Online Services Search by Driver’s License Number.
Schedule your night court arraignment hearing using Online Services Search by Ticket Number.
Schedule your night court arraignment hearing by phone. You can find the phone number you need when you select the courthouse listed on your ticket under Traffic Locations.
Can You Request an Appearance Date Extension?

You can request a 60-day extension on your court date appearance if you are eligible.
Request an appearance date extension using Online Services Request Extension.
Important
If you are not eligible for an appearance date extension, this option will not appear.
What is traffic school?

Traffic school is a program where you will receive instruction in driving and traffic safety that can enhance your driving knowledge and skill level. Your successful completion of a course from one of the licensed traffic schools may allow your violation to be masked from public view on your driving record. This can prevent your insurance company from seeing your violation and raising your insurance rates.
The court may grant a request to attend traffic school for an eligible violation if you have not attended for a previous violation that was committed within 18 months of your present violation. You are not eligible for Traffic School if you were driving a commercial vehicle or carrying hazardous material when you were cited. NOTICE: If you are eligible and decide not to attend traffic school your automobile insurance may be adversely affected. One conviction in any 18-month period will be held confidential and not show on your driving record if you complete a traffic violator school program. Effective July 1, 2011, if you attend traffic school more than once in any 18-month period the DMV will remove the confidentiality of the second conviction from the driver's license records and the conviction and violation point will appear on the driver's license record.
An onsite traffic school provides a classroom setting for instruction. Attendance is required. Home Study traffic schools allow you to learn from teaching materials at home. Online traffic schools allow you to learn through internet based instruction.
For a list of Statewide licensed DMV Traffic Violator Schools, including classroom, home study, and online schools, view the DMV Traffic Violators Schools List.
Please tell us about your Traffic School experience by taking a survey.
How do you request traffic school?

You can request traffic school online, by mail, by phone, in person at the Clerk's Office windows, or at your court arraignment hearing if you are eligible and have not attended traffic school for a previous violation within 18 months of your present violation. When you check your ticket information online or over the automated telephone system it will show or let you know if you are eligible for traffic school and allow you to sign up.
You may not sign up for traffic school online, by mail, by phone, or in person if:
  • You have requested or attended traffic school on a previous violation that occurred within the last 18 months in the State of California;
  • You were driving a commercial vehicle or carrying hazardous material when you were cited; or
  • You were cited for a violation which carries a negligent operator point count of more than one point such as:
    • Driving with a suspended license
    • Failing to stop at an accident scene
    • Speeding in excess of 100 miles per hour
    • Reckless driving
    • Engaging in speed contests
Request traffic school using Online Services Request Traffic School.
Request traffic school using Online Services Search by Driver’s License Number.
Request traffic school using Online Services Search by Ticket Number.
Important
You must pay the ticket bail amount and a non-refundable administrative fee before you can enroll. The traffic school will charge you an additional fee to attend their program.
For the complete list of Traffic Division fee amounts, view the Los Angeles Superior Court Traffic Fee Table.
Can you request a traffic school extension?

You may request one 30-day extension from the court in order to complete your traffic school.
Request a traffic school completion date extension using Online Services Request Extension.
Important
If you are not eligible for a traffic school completion date extension, this option will not appear.
What are your options if you plead not guilty?

You may choose your trial type if you decide to plead not guilty. Your choices are:
  • Court Trial[G]
  • Summary Trial[G]
  • Trial by Written Declaration[G]
For more information about the different types of traffic trials, go to the Arraignment Trial section.
Your bail will be returned to you if you are found not guilty at the end of your trial. If you are found guilty, your bail is forfeited and applied to the fine.
How do you handle a correctible violation?

You may have gotten a fix-it ticket[G] or correctible violations added to your ticket. Proof of correction will be required before you can pay the ticket. Your proof must be submitted by mail or in person. You may not handle these tickets online or by phone. Your ticket may be for or include:
  • Mechanical equipment problems
  • Expired vehicle registration
  • Expired driver’s license
  • No proof of insurance
Your charges may be dismissed if you present proof of correction to the court by the due date and pay the required fee per violation. Your proof of correction certification must be done by an authorized agency, which may also require that you pay a sign-off[G] fee. The type of violation determines the appropriate agency:
Violation Type May be certified as corrected by:
Driver license
Proof of insurance
Registration violations
The DMV or by any clerk or deputy clerk of a Los Angeles Superior Court
Brake
Lights
Muffler violations
Smog device
Any station that is licensed to make such inspections and certifications
Any violation may be certified as corrected by a Police Department, the CHP, the sheriff, the marshal, or another law enforcement agency regularly engaged in enforcement of the Vehicle Code
Important
Correctible violations must be handled in person or by mail. Proof of correction cannot be supplied online or by phone.
For a list of agencies authorized to sign correctable violations, view the Agency Listing.
For the complete list of Traffic Division fee amounts, view the Los Angeles Superior Court Traffic Fee Table.
Can You Request a Fine Payment Extension?

You can request a 90-day extension on your fine payment due date.
Request a fine payment extension using Online Services Request Extension.
Important
If you are not eligible for a fine payment extension, this option will not appear.
 
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