Traffic Court – Failure to Appear Holds and Penalties
Phone: (415) 448-8230
Location: Civic Center, Hall of Justice, Room C-10
Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm

An individual who disregards the citation, courtesy notice and final notice and fails to appear in court by the due date is subject to immediate sanctions by the Court, as follows:

  • The Court will notify Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to place a HOLD on the issuance or renewal of the driver's license and/or vehicle registration;
  • Driving privilege suspension;
  • Transfer to the Enhanced Court Collection (ECC) program which will take responsibility for collection of this debt. For more information about ECC, please click here;
  • The Court will add a $300 civil assessment and other monetary sanctions to the amount owed.

Receipt of a notice from the DMV regarding a hold or suspension of driver's license or registration due to a violation of Vehicle Code section 40508 indicates that the Court has reported the violator's failure to appear in court to DMV.

Once these violations have been reported to DMV, individuals must pay the increased amount of bail, which will include the civil assessment and other sanctions.


1. If you have a financial hardship you may ask the court to consider your ability to pay by submitting the “Can’t afford to Pay Fine: Traffic and other Infractions” (TR-32-0) along with associated documentation to the clerk’s office. Below are links to the required forms to request ability to pay determination.

- TR-320 – Can’t Afford to Pay Fine: Traffic and Other Infractions and Information Sheet Form TR-320

- FW-001 – Request to Waive Court Fees Form FW-001

- TR-048 – Plea form – Infractions Form TR-048

2. You may sign up for Community Court through Legal Aid of Marin in San Rafael or The Phoenix Project in Marin City. Click here for more information.

LEGAL AID of Marin:

1401 Los Gamos Drive, Suite 101, San Rafael, Ca 94903
Phone: (415) 492-0947

The Phoenix Project:

271 Drake Ave, Sausalito, Ca 94965,
Fridays: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Phone: (415) 332-8316