Traffic and Infractions
TRAFFIC CITATION INFORMATION
If you receive a traffic citation, you have several options available, depending on the type of violation cited and how you choose to plead. These options are described in a reminder notice sent to the address listed on the citation. You must take action to resolve or contest your citation by the appearance date written at the bottom of the citation. If you do not take action, an additional civil assessment of $325 will be added to the amount owed unless you provide written proof of "good cause" for your failure to appear. In addition to the civil assessment of $325, a hold may be placed on your driver's license (pursuant to vehicle code 40509/40509.5). Lastly, if you fail to appear the court may find you guilty in your absence or in a trial by written declaration (vehicle code section 40902 and 40903). Failure to receive the courtesy notice is not an acceptable excuse for not clearing the citation by the appearance date listed on the citation.
TYPES OF CITATIONS
Moving violations are violations related to the driving and operation of a motor vehicle. Penalties and options for moving violations may include a fine, proof of correction, attendance at traffic violator school, or entering a plea of not guilty, posting bail and requesting a court trial. In some instances a mandatory court appearance may be required.
Correctable Violations (commonly called a fix-it ticket)
A correctable violation is one that pertains to vehicle registration, driver’s license, insurance or defective or broken equipment. If you receive a citation for a correctable violation, you may submit proof of correction with the appropriate fee(s), either by mail or in person to the Traffic Division. To establish proof of correction, a law enforcement officer or other authority as indicated below must sign the back of your citation or reminder notice listing each violation that was corrected.
- Pollution Control Device violations may be signed off by a law enforcement agency unless it is noted that it be certified by a smog check station licensed by the California Bureau of Automotive Repair.
- Registration/Driver's License Violations can be certified by a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) clerk, a traffic clerk or law enforcement agency.
- Proof of Insurance for VC 16028(a) violations may be submitted directly to the court. If you were covered by insurance at the time you received the traffic citation but the proof of insurance was not in the vehicle, you can mail or bring your insurance policy or insurance card showing the dates of coverage to the Traffic Division. For a single violation, a fee of $25 must be paid to the Court. Multiple violations must be paid in full. If submitting proof through the mail, please make checks payable to Sutter Superior Court and include your case or citation number.
If you purchased insurance coverage after you received the citation, you may mail a copy or bring your insurance policy or insurance card, showing the effective dates of coverage, to the clerk's office and the fine for the insurance violation may be reduced by 50%.
If you did not have insurance and do not intend to purchase it, you must pay the entire amount due reflected on your courtesy notice.
You also have the option to contest the citation by entering a not guilty plea and requesting a Court Trial or a Trial by Written Declaration.
Click here for options for contesting a citation.
If you are unable to pay the full fine by the due date see the information below for payment options. If you have a financial hardship, see "Financial Hardship and Ability to Pay" section, found on the right-hand column (click here). If you fail to clear your citation by the due date, a civil assessment and additional penalties in the amount of $325 may be added and a hold may be placed on your driver's license.
Traffic citations issued to persons under age 18 are also processed by the Traffic Division pursuant to W&I code §603.5 and the options and instructions on this website apply. If a mandatory appearance is required, a parent or legal guardian must accompany persons under age 18.
Pay by Web: This Court accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover only. You may pay the fine by selecting the Traffic Payment button on our home page, or by clicking here. A convenience fee of 1.99% will be added to your payment . Our website is available 24 hours a day.
Pay by Mail: Do not mail cash. Send a check or money order payable to Sutter Superior Court and mail to 1175 Civic Center Blvd., Yuba City, CA 95993. Include the full amount due, reminder notice, signed statement of rights and proof of correction if applicable.
Pay in Person: Payments can be made by cash, check, money order, debit or credit card, at the Traffic Division located at 1175 Civic Center Blvd. in Yuba City. A convenience fee of 1.99% will be added for debit or credit card payments.
Make Payment Arrangements: Installment payment arrangements can be made in the Traffic Division located at 1175 Civic Center Blvd. in Yuba City. A $35 Accounts Receivable Fee will be added.
If you are asking to make monthly payments without going to court, you must meet the following requirements:
- Your case must not require a mandatory appearance
- You must complete and sign an installment agreement
- You must pay the down payment as specified by a traffic or accounting clerk
To determine eligibility, appear at the Traffic Division or call 530-822-3301 during normal business hours. Click here for more information.
If your fine is past due and you have received a delinquency notice, click here.
Download Records Request Form
A $15.00 fee is required for each name to be searched. Copy fees are $.50 per page, and certified copy fees are $25 per document plus $.50 per page. Please submit the Records Request Form and a self-addressed stamped return envelope with your request.
You may also conduct a record search using the public computers located in the Records Room, located at 1175 Civic Center Blvd., Yuba City, CA 95993. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, with the exception of court holidays.
Financial Hardship and Ability to Pay
If you wish to plead guilty but cannot afford to pay your ticket, return the signed "Statement of Rights", "Reminder Notice" with the "I plead guilty and request the court to consider my inability to pay" box checked. You must also complete and submit a “Declaration of Financial Circumstances for Community Service or Ability to Pay” and “Application & Declaration for Community Service or Request for Hearing on Ability to Pay Fine”. Forms are available on the forms tab.
If you are ordered to pay a fine you may ask the court for an installment payment plan, request an ability to pay hearing or ask the court to approve community service due to financial hardship. You must complete and submit a “Declaration of Financial Circumstances for Community Service or Ability to Pay” and “Application & Declaration for Community Service or Request for Hearing on Ability to Pay Fine”. Forms are available on the forms tab.
Traffic self-help information is available at http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-traffic.htm