If you received a ticket or a traffic citation, you may receive a Courtesy Notice from the court in the mail. If this is your first contact with the Traffic Court process, most of your questions will be answered by information provided on the Courtesy Notice.
The "bail" on a traffic ticket is the amount of money required to guarantee your appearance. Your courtesy notice will show the amount required. If you choose to forfeit the bail on the citation, the violation is considered paid, and the resulting conviction will be placed on your driving record, if it is a reportable offense.
Credit card payments are accepted online, or you can pay by mail, by phone, or in person at the Courthouse.
Please click on the link above to use your credit card with our automated online payment system.
Frequently Asked Questions
Clearlake Traffic Division:
The Superior court is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., except for court holidays. The office is located at 7000A South Center Drive in Clearlake, CA 95422.
From Highway 20, take Highway 53 south. Continue to Dam Road. Turn left on Dam Road and take an immediate left again on Dam Road Extension. Continue on Dam Road Extension to South Center Drive. Turn left at South Center Drive and continue to court facility located at 7000 A South Center Drive, which is the last building on the right.
From Highway 29, take Highway 53 north. Continue to Dam Road. Turn Right on Dam Road and take an immediate left on Dam Road Extension. Continue on Dam Road Extension to South Center Drive. Turn left at South Center Drive and continue to court facility located at 7000 A South Center Drive, which is the last building on the right.
The amount of the fine for some proof-correctible violations may be reduced if proof is promptly obtained and shown to the Court.
Proof of correction can be obtained by visiting a law enforcement agency or DMV, depending on the type of violation, and having an agent fill out the certificate of correction located on the reverse side of your citation. Please note that some agencies will charge a fee to sign off your citation.
If you were cited for expired vehicle registration, expired license or no license in possession, you may have a representative from the Department of Motor Vehicles fill out the certificate of correction.
Proof of insurance cannot be signed-off by a law enforcement officer or agent from the DMV. It must be sent directly to the court clerk. If you did not have insurance at the time of the violation, and have now purchased insurance, you may be eligible for a reduced fine. Please contact a court clerk for more information.
Proof of correction must be received by the court along with a fee of $25 for each correctible violation on or before the due date indicated on your courtesy notice.
You may be eligible for traffic school if you have not attended traffic school within the last 18 months. To sign up for traffic school, you must pay your fine plus a $52 administrative fee, either by mail, in person, or using this system.
Upon payment, you will be given 90 days to complete a DMV-approved or approved on-line traffic school and return proof of completion to the court. Extensions will not be granted. If you fail to submit proof by the due date, a conviction will be reported to the DMV and a point will be added to your driving record. The school will charge a fee that is in addition to the amount paid to the court. Please contact a Lake County approved traffic school for times and locations of classes. To find a DMV licensed Internet, Home Study or Classroom traffic violator school acceptable by the court, simply search the DMV’s Traffic School Provider look-up system at: http://www.dmv.ca.gov/olinq2/welcome.do . If you are a minor or are cited with a misdemeanor you must appear in court. At the hearing you may request traffic school. The judge will determine whether or not you may attend.
Holders of commercial drivers licenses are prohibited from attending traffic school, pursuant to Vehicle Code Section 42005, even if they were driving a non-commercial vehicle at the time of the violation.
You are also not eligible for traffic school if you are charged with an alcohol or drug-related offense. You are not eligible for traffic school if you are charged with a two-point violation.
For more information, you may call the court and speak with a clerk at 707-994-6598.
If you require accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you will need to call the Courts and speak with a clerk. You may speak with a clerk between 8:00am and 1:00pm at 707-994-6598.
Paying By Mail:
If you would like to pay by check or money order, send your payment in full to the Court at the address indicated on your courtesy notice. Please write your case number on your check or money order. Do not mail cash. Partial payments are not accepted.
Please note that there is a $25 fee added for checks returned unpaid by the bank. You will be mailed a notice approximately 30 days after the check is returned.
Failure to pay by the due date may result in further action and additional costs. No extensions will be granted.
To arrange a payment plan, please visit or call the Division of the Superior Court at 7000A South Center Drive in Clearlake.