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New Court Collections Firm.

The Court has retained the firm Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson to assist the Court in collecting past due fines and fees. Please follow the link for more information.

New Hearing Reminder Service.

Subscribe to receive electronic notifications about upcoming court dates on non-confidential case types. Please follow the link for additional details or to create an account.

Access Court Records Online.

The San Luis Obispo County Superior Court launched re:SearchCA, a web-based platform that grants registered users remote access to public court records and documents. Please follow the link to register or sign in with your eFileCalifornia account.

Traffic Violation Types

The Traffic department handles infractions only - misdemeanors are handled by our Criminal department.

Parking Citations

Parking citations are generally processed by each issuing city or law enforcement agency, and may not go through the court at all.

Follow the instructions on your citation. Contact the city or agency that issued the parking citation for information.


An infraction is a violation of or failure to comply with certain provisions of the Vehicle Code, local ordinance or other law or statute.

Example infractions are:

  • Speeding,
  • Automobile equipment needing repair, and
  • Expired vehicle registrations

Punishment of an infraction is a fine only. The total fine for an infraction can be over $200. It may also include mandatory Community Work Service, such as trash pickup, in the case of littering.

Traffic infractions are enforced by law enforcement who issue traffic tickets (“citations”). It is important to read the information on the front and back of the citation.


Examples of misdemeanors are:

  • reckless driving,
  • driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI),
  • and hit and run.

These violations are not handled by the Traffic court. They may be misdemeanors or felonies, and they are heard in the Criminal Courts.

Misdemeanor offenses are typically punishable by up to a year in jail, by a fine not exceeding $1,000 (plus assessment and fees), or both. (Specific California laws may raise these limits for some offenses.)

Mandatory Appearance?

Some violations require a mandatory appearance in court; others may be handled by mail or on the phone.

Mandatory appearance violations

You are required to appear in court on this violation. Please contact the court for a date/time to appear.

You will be required to appear in court before paying your fine.

If you fail to appear in court by the due date indicated on your Courtesy Bail Notice and did not request an extension, your case may be referred to a private collection agency.

Non-Mandatory Appearance Violations

If the Courtesy Bail Notice does not indicate Mandatory Appearance, your options are to:

  1. Pay the traffic ticket prior to your required appearance date. The traffic ticket will remain on your driving record.
  2. Attend Traffic School. Eligibility Requirements
  3. Appear in Court. If you are unable to appear at the date and time indicated on your citation or Courtesy Notice, contact the traffic office for a single 30 day extension.

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