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.
Between October 1, 2015 and March 31, 2017 there is an amnesty program available for certain unpaid traffic and non-traffic infraction tickets. Visit the Traffic Amnesty Program page for more 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 Traffic Case Info website .
Electronic payments AND courthouse drop boxes allow you to make traffic payments even when Traffic Court is closed, including holidays.
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.
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.