Superior Court of California, County of Solano

Fairfield Branch | Vallejo Branch

Traffic

The Traffic Division handles adult (18 years old and over) traffic violations and minor offenses (infractions only). Other violations also filed in Traffic Division include: Fish & Game, local city and county ordinances, boating, and dog/animal citations. Parking citations are not handled by the Court. Contact the citing agency. Juvenile citations are processed through the Probation Department at (707) 784-7631. Driving under the influence (DUI) or any misdemeanor or felony violations are handled through the Criminal Division .

Credit card payments are accepted by phone or online.

To make a payment by phone, CALL: 707-430-0342
Phone payment hours are Mon-Fri 4:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. and Sat-Sun 6:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. PST

To make a payment online, visit our payment website at: www.solanocourtpayments.com

Credit cards accepted; Discover, Mastercard, Visa, American Express nCourt
There is a service fee to pay by credit card

Locations, Hours and Phone Numbers

Fairfield Branch Vallejo Branch

Appearance Location:  

Hall of Justice 
600 Union Avenue
Fairfield, CA 94533

 

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 2463
Fairfield, CA 94533

 

Phone Number:

(707) 207-7360

Appearance Location:

Solano Justice Center
321 Tuolumne Street
Vallejo, CA 94590

 

Mailing Address:

321 Tuolumne Street
Vallejo, CA 94590

 

Phone Number:

(707) 561-7860

 

Office Hours:

8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding Court holidays

Phone Hours:

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding Court holidays

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Courtesy Notices

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 three to four weeks from the date you received your citation for the court to process your citation and mail a courtesy notice. You are still required to respond to your citation whether or not you receive a courtesy notice.

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. If your appearance in court is required, your courtesy notice will indicate "Yes" next to the words “Must go to Court.”

Financial hardship and ability to pay. 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. However, you must explain your financial situation to the court in person or fill out a Declaration/Ability to Pay form.  You can get the form at any Solano Traffic Court Clerk window or click here:  Declaration Form. If you appear in court and plead “guilty” at arraignment, you may request that the court considers your ability to pay in reducing the fine to be paid. If you plead “not guilty,” after a trial and conviction, you may request that the court considers your ability to pay in deciding the fine ordered for the offenses. (Veh. Code, § 42003(c)). Once the court determines your ability to pay you can ask it to reconsider if your financial circumstances change.

Do not disregard your citation if you do not receive your courtesy notice in the mail. You must appear at the courthouse or settle your case by mail by your court date, whether or not you receive the courtesy notice.

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Court Appearance Information

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. If your appearance in court is required, your courtesy notice will indicate "Yes" next to the words “Must go to Court.”

You may appear as a walk-in on the court date on your citation.  When appearing as a walk-in you must first check in at the Traffic Division Counter. In Fairfield check in times to walk-in are:  9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Monday through Wednesday.  In Vallejo check in times to walk in are: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Monday through Friday.  Contacting the court on or before your court date is recommended if you are interested in scheduling a court appointment.  Walk-ins may require more time as they are heard at the end of the appointment calendar.

If your case is delinquent, contact the appropriate court branch to determine court appearance eligibility, or call 1-800-333-8395 if your case is 60 days or more past due.

Appropriate business attire is required to appear in court. You may need to allow adequate time for parking and to check through the security entrance.

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Traffic School Information

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. A 90-day Traffic School installment payment plan is also available, but you must contact the court and enter into an approved plan prior to your court date or extended due 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.

If you are eligible for traffic school and 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 and request to attend traffic school.

It will be your responsibility to:

  1. 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 payment plan will not be accepted by the Court.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.

Failure to complete Traffic School or pay a Traffic School installment plan as ordered will result in the Court converting the fee to bail and declaring it forfeited and reporting the forfeiture as a conviction to DMV.  Further, you may be charged with a Failure to Pay Fine (VC 40508b), imposed a civil assessment of up to $300.00, referred to a collection agency, and/or a notice forwarded to DMV to place a hold on your driver's license.

The requirements for traffic school eligibility are as follows:

  • You must have a valid driver's license.
  • You have not attended or elected to attend traffic school in the past 18 months.**
  • 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.
Please note: Commercial Drivers are not eligible for Traffic School if cited while driving a commercial vehicle.   For moving violations occurring on or after January 1, 2013, holders of commercial driver licenses cited while operating a vehicle that requires only a Class C or Class M license (such as a personal/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.

NOTICE:  If you are eligible and decide not to attend traffic school, your automobile insurance and driving record may be adversely affected.  One conviction in any 18-month period will be held confidential and not show on your driving record if you complete traffic school.  If you complete traffic school when legally ineligible for a confidential conviction, DMV will remove confidentiality of the conviction from your driving record and the conviction and violation point will appear on your driving record at the DMV.

**The 18-month eligibility period for a confidential conviction after completion of traffic school is determined from violation date to violation date.

For additional traffic school eligibility information, refer to California Rules of Court, Rule 4.104.

You can attend any DMV-approved traffic school. To locate a DMV-approved traffic school, use the on-line locator service operated by DMV at: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/dmv/offices . If you do not have access to the Internet, you may call the Department of Motor Vehicles, Business Licensing Unit at (916)229-3127 and request a list of traffic violator schools be sent to you via mail or FAX.  You may also use the link provided below to go to DMV's website.

Click here  for DMV's approved Traffic Violator Schools offering Internet, Home Study and classroom programs. 

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How to Plead Not Guilty

  • You can plead not guilty by appearing in court and requesting a court trial to be held at a later date where the officer will be present.  This option does not require you to pay in advance.
  • You may also plead not guilty to an infraction by mail, by signing and returning the Declaration on the Courtesy Notice or in person at the counter in our business office by signing a form and requesting a court trial. By using this option, you are waiving your right to have your trial heard within 45 days. This option does not require you to pay in advance. 
  • You may also request a Trial by Declaration. The form(s) you need may be downloaded from our website (in Adobe Acrobat format), or you may call or write one of the traffic locations for the forms.  NOTE :  If you're eligible for Traffic School and wish to attend traffic school if found guilty by trial by declaration, you must make an election for traffic school at the time you request a trial by declaration. You must pay the total fine amount plus a State/Court Administrative fee for Traffic School.  If found not-guilty by trial by declaration, the fee will be refunded.  See your Courtesy Notice for bail amounts due with or without Traffic School.
  • TR200: Instructions for Defendant : Traffic Infraction
  • TR205: Request for Trial by Written Declaration
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Fine or Bail Payment Information

Your courtesy notice will show the fine amount due for your citiation. If you choose to pay the citation, the violation is deemed paid; and the resulting conviction will be placed upon your driving record.

If you do not go to court on your court date
This is called a “failure to appear” (FTA). If you violate your written promise to appear at court, that you signed when you got your ticket, you can be found guilty of a misdemeanor. Note: if you contacted the court prior to your “Notice to Appear” date to address your ticket and took action on it (i.e., pled guilty and paid, requested arraignment date, posted bail and requested trial without arraignment, or requested trial by declaration), you may not need to appear. When you talk to the court, be sure to confirm with them that your appearance is not required.


In addition, if you do not pay your fine on time, an extra fee may be added to your fine amount and your case may be referred for collection. This extra fee is called a “civil assessment,” and it can be up to $300. The court can also charge you with a misdemeanor for “failure to pay,” and the court can issue a warrant for your arrest.


If you do not pay the fine
If you do not pay your fine within the time the court gives you, your driver's license may be suspended. You will also not be able to renew your car’s registration.


In addition, if you do not pay your fine on time, an extra fee may be added to your fine amount and your case may be referred for collection. This extra fee is called a “civil assessment,” which can be up to $300. You could also be charged with a misdemeanor, and the court can issue a warrant for your arrest.


Again, if you appear in court to respond to your ticket you will avoid these fines and fees. It will also give you an opportunity to present the court with any financial hardship or ability to pay issues that you may wish to present. Remember, you may request an ability to pay determination at any time, even after your case has been referred to collections.

Your courtesy notice will indicate the amount due or you must appear in court. If you wish to pay the fine, you may do so by mailing a check or money order payable to "Superior Court" along with your courtesy notice to the court address on the notice before your appearance date. Each location also provides a Drop Box to allow you to pay by depositing your check or money order with the courtesy notice. Do not deposit cash in the Drop Box. If you wish to pay in person, you may do so in our business office during normal business hours.

Credit card payment is accepted by phone or online.

  • To make a payment by phone, CALL:  707-430-0342

   Phone payment hours are Mon-Fri 4:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. and Sat-Sun 6:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. PST

 

You will need to know your case number or citation number in order to use this service. nCourt, the service provider, charges a service fee for credit card payments. Please allow approximately three to four weeks for the court to process your citation and mail a courtesy notice.

For information regarding the breakdown of your bail/fine, click here .

If you have already appeared in court and have been given time to pay the fine imposed by the judge, you may mail a check or money order along with your case number to the court by the due date. You may also use the drop boxes inside the courthouse or pay in person as previously mentioned.

If your case is more than 60 days delinquent, it is possible it may have been referred to our collection agency. For payment information you may contact them: GC Services, 1-800-333-8395 or via the Internet at: https://courtpay.gcserv.com/ .

If you have good cause to excuse your failure to pay/appear, please click here for a Declaration to Dismiss Civil Assessment / Ability to Pay form.

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Bail Schedules

Uniform Bail and Penalty Schedules

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Failure to Appear or Pay

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, your case referred to a collections agency, or a warrant may be issued for your arrest. Your license may also be suspended by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

If you are unable to pay the amount due because of your financial circumstances, you may schedule an appearance by the due date for the court to consider your ability to pay and determine whether to modify the sentence, request a payment plan or modify an existing one, or approve community service.

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Correctable Violations

Your fine may be reduced upon receipt of proof of valid correction on many equipment, registration, and license violations. Proof of correction for correctable (fix-it) violations must be verified and signed of 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.

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Legal Advice and Information

Clerks cannot give legal advice or answer legal questions. If you plan to proceed with your case without an attorney, the Court Law Library has the reference material to assist you. The library is located on the 3rd floor of the Hall of Justice building, 600 Union Avenue, Fairfield.

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Driving Under the Influence

Please refer to our Criminal Division web page.

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Driver's License Suspension

If your driver's license has been suspended for failure to appear, you may appear or pay the fine due and a release of your suspension will be issued. If you wish for the court to consider your ability to pay the underlying fine, ask to address this with the court when you appear. If you wish an immediate release up upon appearance, or payment in full, the court will update the DMV files electronically.

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Juvenile Traffic Citations

The Solano County Probation Department administers the Juvenile Traffic Court program. For information related to Juvenile Traffic Division and Juvenile Traffic Court, contact:

Solano County Probation Department
475 Union Avenue
Fairfield, CA 94533
(707) 784-7631

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Parking Citations

All parking citations are handled by each individual city. You must contact the agency that issued the citation.

Refer to the instructions on the reverse side of your citation for information regarding payment, failure to respond and appeals.

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Filing Fees

Copies $.50 per page/per side
Certified Copies $25.00 per document
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Additional Fees

 Proof of Correction Fee  $25.00 per correction
 Infraction Conviction Assessment  $35.00 per convicted violation
 Court Operations Assessment  $40.00 per convicted violation

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Traffic Forms

TR200: Instructions for Defendant - Traffic Infraction

TR205: Request for Trial by Written Declaration

GC Declaration to Dismiss Civil Assessment/Ability to Pay form

Court Declaration/Ability to Pay form (for various uses)

Request for Audiotape

For other traffic forms click here and choose "Traffic Infractions" from the drop down menu.

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