January 19, 2017

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TRAFFIC AMNESTY PROGRAM

California Superior Courts in all 58 counties are offering a 50% or 80% off discount on some old unpaid traffic tickets.  It’s a limited-time “Amnesty Program”for certain outstanding court debts.

  • The program begins October 1, 2015, and ends March 31, 2017.
  • Only traffic tickets with due dates of on or before January 1, 2013 are eligible .
  • Parking tickets, driving under the influence (DUI), and reckless driving cases are NOT eligible .

To qualify for the 50% discount, all of the following conditions must be met:

  • Failure to Appear Cases
    • Case is currently at a failure-to-appear status and the appearance date was on or before January 1, 2013.
  • Failure to Pay Cases
    • Due date was on or before January 1, 2013.
    • The last payment was made on or before September 30, 2015.
    • Not currently making payments on the ticket to a collection agency.
  • You do not owe restitution to a victim on any case within the county where the traffic case was filed.
  • You have no outstanding misdemeanor or felony warrants within the county where the traffic case was filed.
  • Other eligibility requirements may vary from county to county.

To qualify for the 80% discount, all of the following conditions must also be met:

  • You must meet all 50% discount conditions PLUS
  • You must certify under penalty of perjury that monthly income is 125 percent less than the current federal poverty guidelines.
  • You must certify under penalty of perjury receipt of specified public benefits.

All Amnesty applicants will be required to complete an Amnesty Participation form, and pay a $50.00 Amnesty Program fee.

After October 1st, 2015, Amnesty Participation forms can be placed in the drop box or mailed in to:

  • 2260 Floyd Avenue, Modesto, CA 95355
  • Hours for Amnesty payments only:   Wednesday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  No Amnesty Program business or questions, including phone calls, will be conducted on Mondays or Tuesdays. 
  • Forms must be submitted in the Court's drop box if delivering it personally.  Forms can also be submitted by mail to the address above.   Clerks will review eligibility and contact you by phone with outcomes. 

Public Amnesty FAQs

Frequently asked questions regarding the amnesty program can also be found on the following California Amnesty Program partner website: http://www.courts.ca.gov/trafficamnesty.htm

Last updated: November 14, 2016 7:22 PM