can't afford to pay
If you are unable to pay your traffic ticket or fine, you have the right to ask the Court to consider your financial circumstances. Please be sure to follow all instructions on your ticket and any notices sent to you, including payment deadlines, to avoid late fee penalties.
Visit the When You're in Court page to learn more about appearing in court and resolving your ticket.
For your convenience, the court offers an online and paper process to determine your ability to pay. Please see the grid below and choose the right process:
|Online Ability to Pay||Leniency Request with Traffic School||Paper Ability to Pay|
|Works for Adjudicated / Unadjudicated cases*||Works for Unadjudicated cases||Works for Adjudicated cases (fine imposed by court)|
|Upload picture of supporting documents||Requires a plea of No Contest or Guilty||Attach physical copies of supporting documents|
|Does not address Traffic School||Traffic School is addressed||Does not address Traffic School|
|Does not address fix-it tickets||Does not address fix-it tickets||Does not address fix-it tickets|
|Decision within 30 days||Decision within 4-6 weeks||Decision within 4-6 weeks|
*If your case does not contain a Driver’s License or ID number, please call the clerk (415) 551-8540 to update the record so it can be presented through the online tool.
Who is eligible for discounts:
Are you low-income? People who fit into one or both of the categories below can have their traffic fines and fees reduced by 80 percent or more:
People who have household incomes below 250 percent of the Federal Poverty Line. Review the Federal Poverty Line guidelines to find out if your household income is within these guidelines.
People who receive means tested public benefits such as: Medi-Cal; CALFresh (Food Stamps); CalWORKS or Tribal TANF; Supplemental Security Income (SSI); General Assistance (GA) or County Adult Assistance Program (CAAP); In Home Supportive Services (IHSS); or Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI).