Traffic Division

Taking Care of Tickets

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

Traffic Court Locations

Traffic cases in Santa Clara County are heard in the Traffic Court in Santa Clara. See the courthouse page for address and business hours.


Traffic Amnesty Program

On June 24, 2015, the Governor signed into law a one-time amnesty program for unpaid traffic and non-traffic infraction tickets. The program started on October 1, 2015 and ends March 31, 2017. Review the information linked below to find out who can participate, which tickets are eligible, and what discounts and fees apply:

You may call or visit the Santa Clara Courthouse, or submit the form by mail. See courthouse information.



Traffic Court Records and Payments

You can make traffic payments online at our e-payment website . (Note that there is an extra cost of $6.45 to pay by credit/debit card, or $1.95 for electronic fund transfer, charged by the service used by the Court.)

Traffic records are online at our Case Info website .

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


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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