Apr. 28, 2016

Traffic Frequently Asked Questions

What type of credit cards do you accept?

We accept Visa and Mastercard.

Why do I have to pay for a convenience fee in addition to my traffic citation when paying by credit card?
In the case of traffic citations, Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco must collect 100% of the citation due. Therefore, in order to offer our customers the convenience of online payment, a processing fee must be levied.
Why is my e-mail address requested?
Your e-mail address will be used to confirm receipt of your online payment.
Who should I contact if I need more information about my traffic citation?
Any fine which has been modified by the Court cannot be paid using this system. If you have questions regarding your Citation or other traffic-related questions, please contact the Traffic Division of the San Francisco Superior Court at:

Hall of Justice
850 Bryant Street, Room 145
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 551-8550

If I fail to pay my traffic citation...

A civil assessment of $300.00 will be added to any traffic fine if you fail to post bail on time or fail to appear for your scheduled court date. On that date, all delinquent citations will be referred to a Collection Agency.

California law permits the Court to impose a civil assessment of three hundred dollars ($300) against any individual who fails, after notice and without good cause, to appear in court for any proceeding, or who fails to pay all or any portion of a fine ordered by the court. The civil assessment is imposed in addition to, and separate from, any fine connected with a traffic citation.

Even if you later contest your citation and win, you still will be required to pay the civil assessment.

The Court has entered into an agreement with Alliance One to collect unpaid fines and civil assessments. If you fail to appear or fail to pay your fine, the Court will refer your matter to Alliance One for immediate collection. The Court and Alliance One will use a number of methods to collect unpaid fees and the civil assessment. These methods include notice to the Department of Motor Vehicles to suspend your driver license, the garnishment or attachment of your wages along with other various collection devices.

Can I pay the "Civil Assessment" through this website?
No, if you have been imposed a Civil Assessment, you cannot pay through this Online Traffic Fine Payment website.
Can I pay for Traffic School through this website?
Yes, you can sign-up and pay traffic citation online by clicking here.
How do I know online payments are secure?
Online Services uses Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology to safeguard your online transactions. SSL encrypts all of your personal information, including credit card number, so that it cannot be read as the information travels over the Internet.
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