Welcome to the Sierra County Superior Court’s Traffic Division. This Division has jurisdiction over Vehicle Code violations. Note: Driving under the influence (DUI) violations, some local municipal ordinances, infractions (other than vehicle code), and minor misdemeanors, including Fish and Game or Animal Control violations are handled through the Criminal Division.
If you are cited for a traffic violation, the court will mail you a “courtesy” notice at the address listed on the citation. Most questions will be answered with information provided by the courtesy notice. Please allow approximately five to six weeks from the date you received your citation for the court to process your citation and mail a courtesy notice. You must appear on the court date shown on your courtesy notice or contact the Traffic Division for a court appointment before the court date on your citation. Your courtesy notice will indicate if your appearance in court is required. You may also appear as a walk-in on the court date written at the bottom of your citation. When appearing as a walk-in, go directly to the courtroom. Check in is at 8:30 a.m. Note: You are still required to respond to your citation whether or not you receive a courtesy notice.
The courtesy notice will show the fine amount due for your citation. If you choose to pay the citation, the violation is deemed paid and the resulting conviction will be placed upon your driving record. You may pay your citation online or you can mail your check or money order along with your courtesy notice to the court address located on the notice before your appearance date. If you cannot pay your fine in full, there are payment options to help avoid the inconvenience and time associated with coming to the courthouse. There may be an additional fee required for extended payment options.
If you do not receive your courtesy notice or do not understand your options, you may come in person to the courthouse or inquire by phone or mail prior to your court date.
To pay your citation (bail forfeiture), pay online:
You will need your case number and amount due to begin the online payment process. If you are contesting your citation, be sure to state that in the comments field when making the payment. If you do not indicate that you want a trial or trial by declaration, the payment will be accepted as a bail forfeiture and reported to DMV accordingly.
Or you may pay your citation by mailing your personal check or money order to the Court. DO NOT SEND CASH.
Search for Traffic Schools in your area.
If you elect to attend traffic school you must pay the total fine amount plus a State/Court Administrative fee before your court date or extended due date. If you do not timely elect to attend traffic school, you will be unable to request traffic school at a later date. Traffic school election can be done by mail, in person, or by using the online or phone payment option. However, if there are any correctable or “fix-it” violations on your citation, traffic school election can only be done by mail or in person. You will need to mail or bring the proof of correction with the fee(s) to the Court and request to attend traffic school.
It is your responsibility to:
- Elect to attend Traffic School and post Traffic School Bail on or before your appearance date or extended due date. Traffic School elections made untimely or without payment of full Traffic School Bail or an approved Traffic School installment plan will not be accepted by the Court.
- Select a school and enroll. The traffic school will charge you a separate enrollment fee. If you were charged with multiple violations, contact the court for the amount due.
- Complete a DMV-approved traffic school within 90 days. Upon completion, your violation will be reported to DMV as a confidential conviction.
The Court will be able to retrieve an electronic completion certificate from the School/DMV five (5) business days after you have successfully completed Traffic School.
Requirements for traffic school eligibility:
- You must have a valid driver’s license.
- You have not attended or elected to attend traffic school in the past 18 months (this is determined from violation date to violation date)
- You have no outstanding Failure to Appear or Failure to Pay.
- The citation involves a moving infraction and does not involve any drug or alcohol violations.
- You were not speeding more than 25 mph over the posted limit.
Note: Commercial Drivers are not eligible for Traffic School if cited while driving a commercial vehicle. Holders of commercial driver licenses cited while operating a personal or non-commercial vehicle may be eligible to attend traffic school. DMV will not mask the conviction from view on a person’s driving record; however, no points will be assessed.
Check The Status of Your Traffic School Certificate
If you completed Traffic School and want to see if the Court has received your Certificate of Completion click here: http://www.courtcertservice.com
Your fine may be reduced upon receipt of proof of valid correction on many equipment, registration, and license violations. Proof of correction of correctable (fix-it) violations must be verified and signed off by a law enforcement officer on the back of the citation. An exception to this rule: if cited for no proof of insurance, a law enforcement officer cannot sign off the back of the citation. Proof of insurance (valid at the time the citation was issued) must be presented to the court. The effective and expiration dates must be indicated. There will be a $25.00 transaction fee, per correction, due to the court when proof of correction is submitted. If you have a correctable or “fix-it” violation, you will need to mail or bring the proof of correction with the fee(s) to the Court by your court date.
Failure to Appear or Pay
You were asked to sign your citation at the time you received it. By signing the citation you made a “promise to appear” in court on the date indicated at the bottom of your citation. If you violate your written promise to appear at court; this is called a “failure to appear” (FTA) and you can be found guilty of a misdemeanor. If you fail to appear or pay your citation on or before the scheduled date, you may be assessed an additional civil assessment fee in the amount of $300 plus a $15 fee for DMV. Your case may be referred for collection and the court can issue a warrant for your arrest. A failure to appear hold may also be placed with DMV on your driver’s license which could result in your license being suspended. You may also be prevented from renewing your car’s registration.
If you have a financial hardship and can show that you are unable to pay the full amount for the offenses on your traffic ticket, you may request the court to consider your ability to pay. You must explain your financial situation to the court in person or fill out the Can’t Afford to Pay Fine: Traffic and Other Infractions, TR-320 form along with the Court Order, TR-321 form and return them to the court with a self-addressed stamped envelope. . If you appear in court and plead “guilty” at arraignment, you may request the court consider your ability to pay in reducing the fine to be paid. If you plead “not guilty,” after a court trial and conviction, you may request the court consider your ability to pay in deciding the fine ordered for the offenses. (Veh. Code, section 42003 (c)). Once the court determines your ability to pay you can ask it to reconsider if your financial circumstances change.
If you received a parking citation in Sierra County contact the Treasure / Tax Collector at (530) 289-3286 or for more information on how to pay the citation online go to the Sierra County Central Collections page.