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Traffic Division

Taking Care of Tickets

Visit our Traffic Self-Help pages to learn all about traffic tickets, including:

Traffic Court Locations

Effective June 21, 2016, all hearings for citations issued in the cities of Morgan Hill, Gilroy and San Martin will be scheduled at the Santa Clara Courthouse but held at the South County Morgan Hill Courthouse. All other traffic cases in Santa Clara County are heard in the Traffic Court in Santa Clara. See the courthouse page for address and business hours.

You will get a courtesy notice 45 – 60 days after you receive your citation (ticket). Sometimes it can take longer than this. If you do not get a Courtesy Notice by the date written at the bottom of your citation, please check traffic records on the Court’s Case Info website to see if your citation has been entered into the Court’s computer system. If you don’t see your citation or don’t receive a Courtesy Notice within 90 days contact the Court during normal business hours to obtain information about your citation.


Thank you for your patience as we migrate to a new case management system. In preparation for this migration we will be manually processing all incoming payments and transactions on June 7 and June 8, 2018.

Please expect delays when you visit the Traffic Courthouse during this time, as well as the week of June 11, 2018. We will be launching our new case management system on Monday, June 11, 2018. You may encounter some slower response times as we learn our new computer system.

Thank you for your consideration and support.


Traffic Court Records and Payments

You can make traffic payments online at our e-payment website . (Note: You can pay most fines/bails by credit/debit card and will be assessed a 5% fee.)

Traffic records are online at our Traffic Case Info website .

Electronic payments AND courthouse drop boxes allow you to make traffic payments even when Traffic Court is closed, including holidays.

New Pay by Phone Option: To make a payment using a credit/debit card, please call 408-878-0098. This option is available after court business hours, on weekends, and Court observed holidays during the following hours: Mon-Fri 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm PST and Sat-Sun 6:00 am – 3:00 pm PST. Hablamos Español. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted and a 5% service charge will be added to the fine/fee amount.

 

Traffic Violations/Infractions

Traffic Court deals with violations of traffic laws and other minor offenses. These violations are considered “infractions” and include, for example, things like speeding, automobile equipment needing repair, and expired licenses.

Traffic infractions are enforced by the issuance of traffic tickets (“citations”) by law enforcement. Punishment for such infractions include payment of fines and do not carry any potential jail or prison time.

Traffic Misdemeanors and Felonies

Other, more serious automobile related matters, such as reckless driving, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI), and vehicular manslaughter, are either misdemeanors or felonies, carry potential jail or prison time as possible punishment, and are addressed in the Criminal section of the website.

Getting Help

Traffic law resources are listed on the court's Self-Help Traffic Resource page.

For information on contacting Traffic Court by phone, email or in person, see the Court's contact page.

 

Please be advised that effective October 6, 2014, the traffic units at the Palo Alto and South County Courthouses were closed and all traffic cases are now heard and processed at the Santa Clara Courthouse. For additional information, please read the Courtroom Closures   notice.

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