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
Amount of your fine[G]
including penalty assessment[G]
Amount due for traffic school if you are eligible to
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
In person at the court location on your ticket
Pay your ticket online using Online Services
Pay your ticket by phone. You can find the phone number you need when you
select the courthouse listed on your ticket under
When you pay the fine and do not appear in court on the date on the ticket:
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.
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:
If you are not eligible for an appearance date extension, this option will not
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 approved 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
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 at the DMV.
An onsite traffic school provides a classroom setting for instruction.
Attendance is required.
If you fail to return your certificate of completion from traffic school then
your ticket is closed. The DMV is notified of a conviction instead of a
dismissal. This will result in a violation point on your driving record and
adversely affect your automobile insurance.
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
You have requested or attended traffic school on a
previous violation that occurred within the last 18 months in the State of
You are a juvenile.
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:
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
How do you handle a correctible
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:
May be certified as corrected by:
Proof of insurance
The DMV or by any clerk or deputy
clerk of a Los Angeles Superior Court
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
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
For the complete list of Traffic Division fee amounts, view the Los Angeles
Traffic Fee Table.
Can You Request a Fine Payment
You can request a 90-day extension on your fine payment due date.