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ANNOUNCING NEW SERVICE FOR TRAFFIC HEARINGS: REMOTE VIDEO PROCEEDINGS (RVP)

If you must travel 15 miles or more from where your citation was issued to the "M" Street Courthouse in downtown Fresno, you can appear in traffic court by videoconference from the cities of Coalinga or Mendota. Click Here for Information


NEW: If you have a case currenlty in Collections or have received a notice for a Failure to Appear or Failure to Pay; please Click Here

You must clear your Traffic Citation timely. All of your options are listed in detail on the backside of your traffic citation.

  Traffic Court Location
2317 Tuolumne Street
Fresno, CA 93721

Telephone: (559) 457-1700
Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

This section provides information about traffic violations considered "infractions". An infraction is a violation of, or failure to comply with, certain provisions of the Vehicle Code, local ordinance or other law or statute. An infraction is not punishable by imprisonment; the maximum sentence on most infractions is a $250 fine (plus assessments and fees). You may not be sentenced to alternate jail time on an infraction and cannot have a trial by jury unless an infraction is combined with a misdemeanor charge. Except in cases where a different punishment is prescribed by any law of this state, misdemeanor offenses are punishable by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding six months, or by a fine not exceeding $1000 (plus assessments and fees), or by both.

NOTICE: If you have been charged with a Misdemeanor violation of VC 12500(a), driving without a license, and you choose to pay your citation, you are thereby waiving your right: to a court trial, to be represented by and attorney, to testify and/or present evidence on your behalf, to confront and cross-examine any witnesses against you and to use the subpoena power of the court to compel the attendance of witnesses on your behalf.

Traffic infractions are enforced by the issuance of traffic tickets ("citations") by law enforcement. It is important to read the information on the front and back of the citation. The front side of the citation provides the following information:

  • Citation number
  • Date and time of the citation
  • Violations for which you were cited
  • Place and time by which you promised to appear

It is not mandatory that the Court send out notification. However a notice is generated and mailed as a courtesy, often referred to as a "courtesy notice". It is mailed to the address indicated on the traffic citation. If your address has changed since the citation was issued, you must notify the Traffic Court and Department of Motor Vehicles of your new address. This will ensure that you receive a courtesy notice and help avoid paying additional penalties.

If you do not take care of your traffic citation in a timely manner, a hold or suspension will be placed on your driver’s license by the Department of Motor Vehicles and a civil assessment of $300.00 will be added to the bail amount currently due.

The Court may authorize collection actions on the bail amount and the civil assessment, including wage garnishments, attachments of your bank accounts and personal property, and the filing of liens on your real property.

GC Services Collection Agency
Toll Free Number: 1-800-333-8395
Payment Mailing Address: Post Office Box 7835, Baldwin Park, CA 91706
Local GC Office: 2317 Tuolumne Street, Fresno CA 93721

A delinquent traffic fine must be PAID IN FULL through the collection agency before the failure to pay hold can be lifted from your license.

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To Clear a Traffic Citation

Quick Pay Options:

Pay bail amount and/or request Traffic School if eligible {pay bail plus $67.00 administrative fee} through the following methods:

  1. Pay by Phone using a credit card: Call (559) 457-1700
  2. Pay Online by using a credit card
  3. Monthly Installment Plan
    • Additional administrative fee of $50.00 added at time of request for monthly installment payments.
    • Minimum payment: $50.00/monthly.
    • Request can be made:
      By mail. DO NOT SEND CASH
      In person. Refer to location listed on the bottom of your citation
  4. Mail in your payment to avoid the long traffic court lines.
    • Make check/money order out to "Clerk of the Court"
    • Write your citation/case number on your check or money order to insure proper placement.
    • If requesting a receipt, provide a self addressed, stamped envelope.

    For the address and phone number of the Fresno Superior Court located nearest you, click on Courthouses.

  5. Correctable Citations. If the "yes" box is checked on the front of your citation, the violation is correctable. Upon correction of the violation, have a law enforcement officer or an authorized inspection/installation station agent sign your copy of the citation {pursuant to VC 401616}.

    Registration and driver license violations may also be certified as corrected at an office of the Department of Motor Vehicles or by any clerk of the court.

    The Court will dismiss the violation after PROOF OF CORRECTION is shown and payment of a $25.00 transaction fee per correctable violation:

    • By mail. DO NOT SEND CASH.
    • In person, at any Fresno County Superior Court location.

    Violations of Vehicle Code Section 16028[a] (automobile liability insurance) will be dismissed only upon (1) your showing or mailing to the court evidence of financial responsibility valid at the time this notice to appear was issued and (2) the $25.00 transaction fee. The court does allow for a reduction of bail if insurance is obtained after the date of violation.

Advisement: Fraudulent or altered documentation may be referred to the Office of the District Attorney for a full investigation and possible criminal prosecution.

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Contesting Your Citation

  • To contest an infraction violation, you must enter a not guilty plea, pay bail and request a trial.
  • Requests can be received either by mail or in person at the court listed on the bottom of the citation.
  • If you are found guilty, your bail deposit will be applied toward the fine imposed.
  • If you are found not guilty, your bail is refunded by mail and is returned to the depositor at the address listed on the case.

There are two ways to contest your citation:

  1. Court Trial: A court trial is a trial where you appear in person to testify about the facts in the case. The officer who issued the citation will be subpoenaed to appear. You have the right to subpoena witnesses and to have a lawyer present, if you retain one.
  2. Trial by Written Declaration: A trial by written declaration is a procedure where, instead of going to court for a trial on your citation, you mail or bring in a written statement on a trial by declaration form explaining the facts of your case and why the court should rule in your favor. You may also include any documentary evidence you feel is helpful. The officer who issued the citation will also be asked to submit a written statement.

Fresno Superior Court provides interpreting services to all trial court proceedings in criminal, traffic, and juvenile delinquency proceedings. For more information, click on the FAQ button on this page.

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To Clear a Parking Citation

To pay a Fresno County Parking Citation mail your payment to:

County of Fresno
Parking Citation Service Center
P. O. Box 11458
Fresno, CA. 93773-1458
Phone number: 1-800-535-2421 or 488-6785
OR
Parking & Security Department
2220 Tulare Street, Plaza Level
Fresno, CA. 93721

To pay a Fresno City Parking Citation mail your payment to:

City of Fresno Parking Services
2600 Fresno Street, Rm. 4019
Fresno, CA. 93721
Phone number: 559-621-7275
OR
City of Fresno Processing Center
P. O. Box 1090
San Jose, CA. 95108

To pay a California State University Parking Citation mail your payment to:

University Police Department
2311 East Barstow Avenue M/S PO14
Fresno, CA 93740-4008
Phone number: 559-278-2950

To pay a State Center Community College Parking Citation mail your payment to:

State Center Community College
Parking Administration
P. O. Box 25120
Santa Ana, CA 92799-5120
Phone number: 244-5948 or 442-8201

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To Clear a Juvenile Traffic Citation

An appearance is not needed for Juvenile Traffic citations if the violation is marked "correctable." These may be cleared by visiting any Traffic counter, or through the mail by providing the signed-off citation and the $25.00 transaction fee per correctable violation.

The following Traffic violation bail may be posted in lieu of a court appearance:

  • Seat Belt
    VC 27315(d)
    VC27315 (e)
    VC27315.3
  • Pedestrian Crossing
    VC21953
    VC21954
    VC21955
  • Jay Walking
    VC21955
  • Bike Riding on the Mall
    MC10-1813 (a)

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The Affect A Ticket has on Your DMV Record

After you pay your fine, points may show up on your Department of Motor Vehicle's record unless you go to Traffic School. Both you and the violation must qualify before you are able to attend. If you do attend Traffic School, you must turn in your proof of completion to the Court before the deadline. If this is done the citation will be reported to the DMV as a confidential conviction.

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 (from violation date to violation date) will be held confidential and not show on your driving record if you complete a traffic violator school program.

The Department of Motor Vehicles can suspend your driver’s license for the following reasons:

  1. A drunk driving arrest.
  2. High point count – you may be considered a negligent operator by the Department of Motor Vehicles based on your driving record.
  3. Evidence based upon a physical or mental condition of the licensee, which may affect the ability of the licensee to safely operate a motor vehicle.
  4. Failure to clear a traffic citation timely. (This will result in a Department Of Motor Vehicle’s Failure to Appear Hold on your license and/or car registration.)
  5. Failure to pay a traffic fine. (This will result in a Department of Motor Vehicle’s Failure To Pay Hold on your driver’s license and/or car registration.)

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Traffic School

Who is eligible

A court clerk is authorized to grant a request to attend Traffic School when a defendant with a valid driver’s license makes a request to attend an 8-hour Traffic Violator School as a pretrial diversion under VC 41501(b) and 42005 for any infraction under Divisions 11 and 12 (rules of the road and equipment violations) of the Vehicle Code, if the violation is reportable to the Department of Motor Vehicles. If you meet the following requirements, you may be eligible to attend Traffic School:
  • You must not have attended traffic school on a prior citation issued within 18 months of the issue date of your present citation.
  • You have a valid driver’s license.

Who is not eligible

A court clerk is not authorized to grant a request for Traffic School for any following infractions:
  • Misdemeanor Violations.
  • A violation that carries a negligent operator point of more than one point under VC 12810 or more than one and one-half point under VC 12810.5(b)(2).
  • A violation that occurs within 18 months after the date of a previous violation and the defendant either attended or elected to attend Traffic School for the previous violation (VC 1808.7).
  • A violation of VC 22406.5 (tank vehicles).
  • A violation related to alcohol/drug use or possession.
  • A violation on which the defendant failed to appear under VC 40508(a) unless the failure-to-appear charge has been adjudicated and any fine imposed has been paid.
  • A violation on which the defendant has failed to appear under PC 1214.1 unless the civil monetary assessment has been paid.
  • A speeding violation in which the alleged speed is more than 25 miles over a speed limit as set forth in Chapter 7 (commencing with section 22348{b} of Division 11 of the Vehicle Code.
  • You have a commercial driver's license, no matter which type of vehicle you received the ticket in.

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Process to follow

If you meet the requirements and would like to attend Traffic School, you will be required to complete the following steps:
  • Make a request to the Court
    Requests to attend Traffic School can be made in person at any Fresno County Superior Court location or by mail to the following address:
    Fresno Superior Court
    2317 Tuolumne Street
    Fresno, CA 93721-1220
  • Pay Bail amount plus administrative fee. These amounts will be listed on your courtesy notice.
    This can be done in person, by mail or by credit card using the automated phone system or Internet web site.
    • Make check or money order payable to: Fresno Superior Court.
    • Mailing Address: 1100 Van Ness Avenue, Fresno, CA 93724
    • Call the Automated Phone System @ 559-457-1700. VISA, MasterCard, Discover & American Express cards are accepted. Additional fee may be applied to charge.
    • Log on to http://www.fresno.courts.ca.gov. VISA, MasterCard, Discover & American Express cards are accepted. Additional fee may be applied to charge.
    Upon receipt of your payment and Traffic School request, you will be provided with a list of Department of Motor Vehicles certified schools in your area, including websites.
  • Choose a Department of Motor Vehicle approved/accredited traffic school course
    Contact the school and arrange to attend a session. Traffic Schools are private businesses and, as such, charge fees to attend.
    • To access the official DMV list of approved Traffic Violator Schools (once you have paid your traffic citation), please go to the "traffic school list" section at: http://www.dmv.ca.gov./olinq2/welcome.do
  • Attend Traffic School
    The Court will allow the customer 60 days from sign-up date to complete Traffic School. Upon completion, the traffic school will electronically inform the Court of your completion.
  Court Public Service Announcement

Click below to view a Public Service Announcement about Traffic that is part of a series developed through a grant provided by the Administrative Office of the Courts. The series entitled, "Meet the Court," is intended to provide you with quick information and education about Family Court Services, and has been developed in both English and Spanish.

Click to language version you wish to play. All files less than 2.5MB in size.

Traffic: English / Español


Our Mission

The Traffic Department will effectively communicate court directives and provide services to the judges, commissioners, and the public in a professional, courteous, expedient and impartial manner, thereby creating a solid foundation of public trust and confidence in the abilities of our department.

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