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 pay online for a Traffic case, visit our payment website at: www.solanocourtpayments.com
(Traffic Case Numbers start with FTR, VTR, F or V)


Credit cards accepted; Discover, Mastercard, Visa, American Express
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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 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 due 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 take action by the Court Due Date shown on your Courtesy Notice. In most cases, an appearance in court is not required.  If your appearance in court is required, your Courtesy Notice will indicate "Yes" next to the words “Must go to Court.”

A same day Walk-In hearing is no longer available.  See Appearance Options below on how to request a hearing for an Arraignment or Court Trial.

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.

If your case is delinquent, contact the appropriate court branch to determine court appearance eligibility, or call 1-800-727-5848 if your case is 60 days or more past due.

Appearance Options

  • You may appear in court for Arraignment by calling the Traffic Clerk on or before your Court Due Date and scheduling a future hearing date for Arraignment.
  • If you want to plead not guilty and contest your ticket in court, complete the grey box on your Courtesy Notice for “Court Trial” and return it to clerk on or before your Court Due Date. The clerk will mail you a notice with a trial date. The ticketing officer will be there. You must go on that date for your trial.
  • If you want to appear by Remote Video Appearance due to COVID-19, follow the instructions below to submit a request and required forms for remote video proceedings on or before your Court Due Date.

Remote Video Appearance


About Remote Video Proceedings (RVP)

The Solano County Superior Court is allowing remote video arraignments and trials for traffic infraction cases. (Local Rule 2.150) RVP are available in almost all adult infraction cases. IF THE COURT PERMITS REMOTE VIDEO PROCEEDINGS (RVP), YOU MAY BE ABLE TO APPEAR BY AUDIO/VIDEO WITHOUT HAVING TO APPEAR IN PERSON IN COURT. The procedure does not apply to traffic or other infractions that are filed in Informal Juvenile and Traffic Court. The procedure provides a convenient process for resolving cases with the use of two-way audiovisual communication between you and the court. Defendants who request to appear by RVP must waive (give up) certain rights that apply to trial of criminal offenses, including traffic infractions.

How RVP Works

IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN RVP YOU MUST HAVE A VALID, WORKING E-MAIL ADDRESS. You will be notified of hearing dates and you will receive an electronic link to participate in a Zoom meeting only through e-mail. To request arraignment and trial on the same day, you may file a Notice and Waiver of Rights and Request for Remote Video Arraignment and Trial (Form STR-505). To request RVP for arraignment or trial on separate days, you may file a Notice and Waiver of Rights and Request for Remote Video Proceeding (Form STR-510). You will be required to provide your own electronic devices to participate in the Zoom meeting, which can include a telephone, mobile phone, smart phone, laptop or desktop computer with audio and/or video capabilities. If your device does not have video capability you may still participate by audio.

Requesting a Remote Appearance

Review the detailed Instructions to Defendant for Remote Video Proceedings (Form STR-500-INFO).  Then select one of the options listed below.  Please read all options and use the link immediately following the options to submit your request for RVP to the Court electronically.

  1. To request an RVP Arraignment AND Court Trial on the same day, file a Notice and Waiver of Rights and Request for Remote Video Arraignment and Trial (Form STR-505). 

    Use this option if you have not yet appeared at an Arraignment hearing, wish to contest your ticket and enter a plea of not guilty, and have a Court Trial where you, the officer, and any witnesses appear remotely for a video proceeding.
  2. To request an RVP Arraignment OR Court Trial on separate days, you will need to file a Notice and Waiver of Rights and Request for Remote Video Proceedings (Form STR-510).

    Use this option if you want to appear first for an Arraignment and speak directly with a judicial officer about your ticket before asking for a Court Trial. 

    You may also use this option if you already appeared at an Arraignment hearing, entered a plea of not guilty and now would like a Court Trial where you, the officer, and any witnesses appear remotely for a video proceeding.
  3. To access the above-referenced Instructions and Forms and submit your RVP request to the Court electronically, CLICK HERE.

    It is preferable to submit a request for RVP electronically using the link provided above; however, you may also print and submit the request by mail.

    To access fillable versions of the RVP forms that you can print and mail to the court, click on the forms shown below.

  • Instructions to Defendant for Remote Video Proceedings (Form STR-500-INFO)
  • Notice and Waiver of Rights and Request for Remote Video Arraignment and Trial (Form STR-505)
  • Notice and Waiver of Rights and Request for Remote Video Proceedings (Form STR-510)

A request for RVP must be received by the court on or before the Court Due Date, or extended due date.

CLICK HERE for Solano Superior Court Local Rules of Court, Rule 2.150 for RVP.
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Traffic School Information

If you elect to attend traffic school you must pay the total fine amount plus a State Traffic School fee before your court due 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 due 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 court due 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. 
  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, if you fail to pay, the Court may impose a civil assessment of up to $300.00 and refer your case to a collection agency.

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. If you do not have access to the Internet, you may call the Department of Motor Vehicles, Business Licensing Unit at (800-777-0133 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 scheduling and appearing at an Arraignment hearing 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 (trial by mail), by signing and returning the Declaration on the Courtesy Notice either by mail or in person at the counter in our business office.  This option does require you to pay in advance the fine amount and traffic school fee, if applicable.  Once your request for trial by mail and advance payment of your fine/fee is received, the clerk will send to you and the officer the forms for a Trial by Declaration to be completed and returned to the court within 30 days.  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 Traffic School fee.  If found not-guilty by trial by declaration, the fine and fee will be refunded.  See your Courtesy Notice for bail amounts due with or without Traffic School.
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Fine or Bail Payment Information

Your courtesy notice will show the fine amount due for your citation and a court due date. You are still required to respond to your citation whether or not you receive a courtesy notice.  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 respond to the court and take action by your court due 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 (e.g., pled guilty and paid, requested arraignment date, requested trial without arraignment, or posted bail and requested trial by declaration), you will not need to appear on your court due date. When you talk to the court, be sure to confirm with them that your appearance is not required.

In addition, if you do not respond to the court or 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 appear,” and the court can issue a warrant for your arrest. A failure to appear hold may also be placed with DMV on your driver’s license which could result in your license being suspended. You may also not be able to renew your car’s registration.

If you do not pay the fine
If you do not pay your fine within the time the court gives you, 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. The court can also charge you with a misdemeanor for “failure to pay,” and the court can issue a warrant for your arrest.


Again, if you contact the court and take action 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 and the court due date by which you must take action. 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 court due 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 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, 1-800-727-5848 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 court due date, you may be assessed an additional civil assessment fee in the amount of $300, your case may be referred to a collections agency, or a warrant may be issued for your arrest. A failure to appear hold may also be placed with DMV on your driver’s license which could result in your license being suspended. You may also not be able to renew your car’s registration

If you are unable to pay the amount due because of your financial circumstances, you may submit a completed Declaration/Ability to Pay form 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 off 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 due 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 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 by submitting a completed Declaration/Ability to Pay form. A release of your suspension will be issued once the court makes a decision on your submitted declaration. 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 $40.00 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

GC Declaration to Dismiss Civil Assessment/Ability to Pay form

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

Request for Electronic Records

Request for CD Transcription

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

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