Phone: (415) 444-7180
Location: Civic Center, Hall of Justice, Room C-10
Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Resolve your citations online or by phone. It’s easy and convenient!
Individuals with traffic or minor infraction citations can resolve these cases any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Online access is available here. Phone access is available by calling (415) 444-7180.
These systems are user-friendly and will prompt an individual making an inquiry to enter a case number, citation number or driver’s license number plus his or her date of birth to retrieve information about infraction cases pending before the court. The public can use these systems to:
Citations and Notices
The Court files citations received from all Marin County law enforcement agencies including local police departments, animal control, parks, open space, and fish and game agencies, as well as Marin County citations from the California Highway Patrol. When an individual is cited by a law enforcement officer for a traffic, local ordinance, animal control or other violation, the original citation is delivered to the Court for processing. Please note that the Court does NOT handle parking citations. For information on how to take care of these citations, please click here.
Once the Court receives the original citation from the law enforcement agency, it creates a court docket of the citation and generates and mails a courtesy notice to the person who was cited. This courtesy notice will contain the amount due (called the 'bail'); the deadline to appear in court without additional penalties; information regarding traffic violator school eligibility; and, for any correctable citation (sometimes called a 'fix it' ticket), the requirements needed to clear the citation. For more information on traffic violator school eligibility, attendance and procedures for showing proof of completion, please click here. For more information on the procedures to resolve correctable citations for vehicle registration, insurance or equipment repairs, please click here.
Most citations can be resolved without ever appearing in court, by paying the bail or paying the bail along with requesting traffic violator school or providing proof of correction. A small number of citations require individuals to appear in court. The courtesy notices for these citations will have the words "Mandatory Appearance" on them. Individuals with these citations must appear in court. For information on the requirements for mandatory appearances, please click here.
It can take from a few days to several weeks for the courtesy notice to be mailed. This is because some law enforcement agencies deliver their citations to the Court frequently (more often than once a week) while others deliver them only a few times per month. The Court cannot quote bail or give you information regarding your citation until it is received from the police agency.
The law enforcement officer enters a date, called the 'promise to appear' date, on the citation, approximately three weeks from the date of the citation. This date is very important, as individuals who fail to contact the Court by that date may be subject to sanctions and penalties in excess of the amount they would owe on their citations and their driving privileges may be affected.
Individuals are responsible for contacting the Court, by phone or in person, by the promise to appear date on their citations, whether or not they have received their courtesy notices in the mail.
Individuals who do not respond to the courtesy notice by the due date will receive a 'final notice - failure to appear' giving them one final opportunity to resolve their citations before penalties and court sanctions are imposed. Individuals may request a one-time extension of time to pay the bail by contacting the court in person or by phone. The request must be made on or before the due date.
For individuals who disregard all notices from the Court or who make arrangements to pay the bail or appear in court but do not fulfill these requirements, the Court will impose additional penalties and sanctions. In addition to significant increases in the bail amount, such as a $300 civil assessment, individuals may also have their drivers' licenses and registrations placed on hold with the Department of Motor Vehicles and will be referred to a collection agency. For information about the collection agency that handles delinquent citations, please click here. For more information about the additional penalties and court sanctions that may result from failing to resolve citations by the deadline, please click here.
Options to Resolve Citations
There are five ways to take care of citations:
Court Penalties and Sanctions for Failing to Appear, Failing to Pay, or Failing to Comply with Court Processes or Orders
The Court will impose significant monetary penalties and court sanctions on individuals who do not:
When individuals are cited for California Vehicle Code violations, the Court will notify Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to place a hold on the drivers' licenses and vehicle registrations of individuals who fail to comply with court processes and orders. These holds will not be removed until violators resolve their underlying traffic cases.
Legal Assistance with cases filed in the Traffic Clerk's Office
There are resources available to help individuals in understanding traffic court processes or preparing to go to court. Some of these resources include:
Links to Specific Topics