Civic Center, Hall of Justice, Room C-10
8:00am - 4:00pm
Community service work is volunteer work performed at non-profit agencies in Marin County. For individuals who
live outside of Marin but who have citations in the county, the Court can provide a listing of community service
agencies in many of the other California counties.
Individuals who cannot afford to pay all or part of the bail on a citation may be eligible to perform community service
work instead of paying the bail if they meet certain financial qualifications. The bail amount is converted to
community service work at a rate of $16 per hour. For example, a $320 citation can be converted to 20 hours of
community service work ($320 divided by $16 per hour equals 20 hours.) To inquire about eligibility for community service work,
individuals must come to the Traffic Clerk’s Office to complete a declaration regarding their household size and income.
If it is determined that they are eligible to perform community service work, the clerk will provide information on how to get started.
If eligible, the Traffic Clerk’s Office will register an individual for community service work. If not eligible, the Court
will assist an individual in setting up an affordable payment plan.
Community service work registration can be done without going to court. There is a $50 administrative fee which must be
paid at the time of registration. When registering for community service work, the Court will
determine the deadline for completion of the hours. If the hours are not completed, or the completed and signed
timesheet is not turned in to the Court by the due date, the community service hours will be automatically converted
back to bail or a monetary fine, the case will be sent to court collections, the amount owed will be increased by a $300
civil assessment and other monetary sanctions, and the violator’s driving privileges may be affected.
The Court will provide the individual with a list of agencies eligible to oversee community service work and a
timesheet to record the hours worked. It is the responsibility of the individual to schedule the community service
work, present the timesheet to the agency to obtain an authorized signature, and return the completed timesheet to the
Court by the due date. Violators who live in Marin County but fail to perform their community service work at agencies
on the Court’s approved list may request the Court to contact these agencies and verify the completion of the community
service work. There is an additional $50 administrative fee for this service.
Violators who are granted community service work and subsequently decide to pay the bail may request that the Court
convert the amount owed to bail. However, this accommodation will only be granted one time. Violators who give up their
community service work and decide to pay the bail will not be able to convert the bail back to community service work at a later date.
Violators who live in California but outside Marin County may be able to perform their community service work in another county,
if they meet the financial qualifications above. In these instances, there is an additional $50 administrative fee ($100 total )
for the Court to monitor community service work performed outside of Marin County with non-profits not on the Court’s approved list.
Violators who live outside of California are not eligible for community service work.
Community Service Work Time Sheet
The Traffic Clerk's Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except holidays. The
office is located on the Court Floor of the Marin County Civic Center Hall of Justice in Room C-10. For
directions to the Civic Center, please
The Marin County Civic Center has three drive-though arches. From the middle arch lobby only, take the
elevator to the "C" floor. After passing through security screening, go left to the end of the hall to Room
C-10. For individuals wishing to speak with a clerk in this office, please call (415) 444-7180 between 8:00
a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Calls are answered in the order received. Since these phone lines are very busy, the best
times to call are early afternoons.
The mailing address is:
Marin County Superior Court - Traffic
P.O. Box 4988
San Rafael, CA 94913-4988
Spanish Language Services
The Traffic Clerk's Office has several Spanish speaking clerks to assist the public and some forms are also
available for review in Spanish. In court hearings, there is usually a Spanish language interpreter in the
courtroom to assist non-English speakers at these hearings.