Traffic

ANNOUNCEMENT:
Commencing May 2, 2016, Tehama Superior Court will no longer conduct the misdemeanor / traffic arraignment calendar on Mondays at 1:30 p.m., in Dept. 2. View Memo

Tehama County Superior Court has launched a new service. People can pay their traffic tickets online or by calling (877) 490-0230.

Defendants are only able to make payments online or by phone if their case number starts with NT000001 thru NT300000. All other payments must be mailed or brought in to the court at:

        1740 Walnut Street
        Red Bluff, CA 96080

To pay by phone or on the online, you must have your docket number (found on your reminder notice) and a valid credit card number (Visa, MasterCard or Discover Card) to complete the transaction. With payment online or by phone, it takes up to 48 hours to release DMV holds.

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Resources

Additional statewide traffic self-help information is available on the California Courts.

Frequently Asked Questions


The Court will mail a Reminder Notice. The Reminder Notice will indicate how much you will need to pay, the due date if your violation was an infraction, or the scheduled mandatory Court appearance date if your violation was a misdemeanor. The notice will also contain information regarding traffic school eligibility, and any proof of correction requirements needed to clear the citation. If you do not receive your Reminder Notice within three weeks, call the phone number on your ticket.

If your citation is an infraction, the date at the bottom is a date by which this citation must be paid, or you must make arrangements to appear. If your citation includes any misdemeanor violations, you must appear in Court on that date and time.

Contact the Court for your options.

We currently accept cash, personal checks, money orders, MasterCard, Discover and Visa.

  • The Court only accepts U.S. Funds.
  • You must have your Docket Number to access your account. The number is located on the Reminder Notice.

Payment methods:

  • Pay in person at the Court.
  • Send a check payable to TCSC and include the docket number on the check. Please do not mail cash.
  • Pay online.
  • Pay by phone by calling (877) 490-0230.
  • If you need to set-up a partial payment plan, please contact the court prior to sending in a payment.  An Agreement to Pay and Forfeit Bail in Installment form will be required. A $35.00 Administrative Fee will be added for the processing of installments pursuant to Vehicle Code 40510.5(g).

POC stands for Proof of Correction. Proof of Correction (pursuant to 40610 VC) refers to any: (1) Mechanical, (2) Insurance, or (3) Registration/License issues that must be corrected to obtain a reduced fine amount. If you cannot provide proof, you will be required to pay the full bail associated with that violation or appear in Court.

How do I correct Mechanical Violations?
Proof of Corrections for most mechanical violations can be signed off on the back of the citation by CHP, a Sheriff, or City Police Departments. You must file the signed citation with the Court and pay your transaction fee.

How do I correct Insurance Violations?
If you did not have proof of financial responsibility (insurance) at the time the citation was issued, you may pay the full bail amount for this violation, schedule a Court date, and/or purchase insurance (pre-paid for six months) for a reduction in bail. If you were insured at the time the citation was issued, but were unable to provide proof of insurance, you may either submit proof by mail, or bring your proof of insurance to the Court and present it to the clerk and pay your transaction fee.

How do I correct Registration/Driver License Violations?
If you were cited with a registration/driver’s license violation and have proof of a valid registration/driver’s license from DMV, you may submit a copy of your registration/driver’s license with the appropriate transaction fee to the Court. For information on commercial registration contact the Court.

You must contact the clerk’s office prior to your appearance to make arrangements for interpreters, including American Sign Language.

The bail due for a citation is the amount of money required to guarantee your appearance in Court. If you choose to pay the bail on the citation without going to trial, it is called bail forfeiture. The citation is deemed paid, and the resulting conviction will be reported on your driving record.

You may attend traffic school if the following criteria are met:

  • If you have not attended in the last 18 months (from violation date to violation date).
  • You must hold a valid driver’s license.
  • You are not eligible for Traffic School if you were driving a commercial vehicle when issued the citation.
  • The violation on your ticket must be an eligible violation, and if there are any correctable violations on your citation, these corrections must be received along with any transaction fees.

You must pay the bail plus a non-refundable traffic violator school fee when requesting traffic school. You will receive a letter granting you permission to attend traffic school and continuing your case 60 days for the class to be completed. Locate a traffic violator school at the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

Once payment is received, you must submit satisfactory proof of completion to the Court by your due date.  The citation will be reported to DMV as a traffic school confidential conviction.  If you sign up for traffic school and fail to file the certificate of completion by the due date, the traffic school fee you paid will be deemed as bail and forfeited, and DMV will be notified of a conviction.

If you cannot afford to pay your citation, you may ask the Court for an ability-to-pay determination by filing a Petition and Order for Ability-to-Pay Determination (For Use in Traffic Cases only) CRC 4.335.

Petition and Order for Ability-to-Pay Determination Form

The petition can be filed in person or mailed to the court.  At the time you submit the petition, provide the Court with any supporting documentation you want the judicial officer to consider in making their decision.  

Your petition will be reviewed by a Judicial Officer and the court may:

  1. Allow you to make installment payments;
  2. Complete community service to satisfy your fine;
  3. Suspend the fine, in part or in whole;
  4. Set the matter for a hearing; or
  5. Deny the petition.

Once the judicial officer has made their determination, you will be notified in writing.  Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for a response.

If you violate your written promise to appear or a lawfully granted continuance of your promise to appear in court or before a person authorized to receive a deposit of bail, you may be charged with a misdemeanor under Vehicle Code section 40508a and be charged a Civil Assessment amount up to $300 under Penal Code section 1214.1.  If the underlying offense is a misdemeanor you may also have a warrant issued for your arrest. Additionally, Pursuant to VC 40509, the court may place a hold on your license and/or registration and assign your case to a collection agency or the State Franchise Tax Board for collection.  The Civil assessment, pursuant to Penal Code section 1214.1 shall not become effective until 20 calendars days after the due date of your fines.  

You may petition the Court for a review of your circumstances for failing to appear or pay within the time frame specified in your notice, by filing a Petition and Order to Vacate or Reduce Assessment (PC 1214.1) CRC 4.106 form. Consideration to vacate or reduce the assessment will be based on your declaration of Good Cause and supporting documentation.

Petition and Order to Vacate or Reduce Assessment Form

The petition can be filed in person or mailed to the court.  At the time you submit the petition, provide the Court with any supporting documentation you want the judicial officer to consider in making their decision.  Once the judicial officer has made their determination, you will be notified in writing.

If your underlying charges have not been adjudicated (there has been no finding of guilt) and the court has referred the case to a comprehensive collection program as provided in section 1463.007(b)(1) as delinquent debt, you may request an appearance before a judicial officer by filing a written request.   

Learn more about the California Rules of Court 4.106.

The Court notifies DMV that you have failed to appear which places a hold on your driver's license. This means  you will not be able to renew your license until this has been taken care of.  To release a DMV hold, you may pay in person with a MasterCard, Discover or  Visa, by cash, money order, cashier's check, and the DMV hold will be released  immediately. With payment online or by phone, it takes up to 48 hours to  release DMV holds. If the fine is paid by personal check, the DMV hold will  not be released for 21 days. Please do not mail cash. The Court only accepts U.S. Funds.

A written Trial by Declaration is where, instead of going to court for a trial on your citation, you plead not guilty and submit a written statement on a Trial by Declaration form explaining the facts of your case and why the Court should rule in your favor.

Instructions to Defendant (form TR-200)

Request for Trial by Written Declaration (form TR-205)

For additional forms available at the California State Judicial Council's web site, click here:  Judicial Council Forms.

If you wish to plead not guilty to a traffic citation and have a  Court trial with the officer present, you may sign the Reminder Notice  indicating your request for a Trial by Court and return it to the clerk's office with the full amount of bail. You will be notified of the trial date. If  you cannot post bail, you may schedule a court date to appear for arraignment  and enter a not guilty plea without posting bail. You must sign a written  promise to appear. Your Court trial would be set on a future date and time.

When a juvenile (under age 18) receives a citation, they are required to appear in Court if they live within Tehama County.  A Reminder Notice will be mailed to the juvenile and their parents advising them of the appearance date.  Please contact the clerk's office at the phone number at the bottom of the citation if you don’t receive the notice. On the Court date, the juvenile must appear with a parent or legal guardian.

Print and complete form Claim of Wrong Identity Vehicle Code Section 40504 and submit to the court for review. Once received, a judicial officer will assign a court date and the form will be returned to you at the mailing address provided on form.

Contact Information

Tehama County Superior
Traffic Division
1740 Walnut Street
Red Bluff, CA  96080

Monday - Friday:
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Phone: (530) 527-3563 - Press 1
Fax: (530) 527-0956