Before Going to Court
In California, a traffic case gets started when a traffic ticket (a citation) is delivered to the court by a law enforcement agency, such as a local police department or the California Highway Patrol.
When the court receives the original citation, it opens a file for the case and generates and mails a courtesy notice to the person who was cited. This courtesy notice will usually give information about:
NOTE: If you got a traffic ticket, it is your responsibility to get this information about deadlines or amounts due --whether or not you receive a courtesy notice in the mail. If you do not receive a courtesy notice, contact the court by the “promise to appear” date on your citation, and ask a clerk to let you know what you need to do.
To find contact information for the court in your county, click here.