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Paying Fines

 

Mandatory Appearances

Payment Options

Proof of Correction - General

Proof of Correction -Vehicle Registration

Proof of Correction - Insurance

Payment Due Date

Cases Sent to Collection Agency

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Mandatory Appearances

If your case requires a mandatory appearance, you cannot pay your fine without first appearing in court for your Arraignment.

Payment Options

Automated Information System

The automated information system will give you information regarding your citation.  It will allow you to pay the fine by credit card, it will advise you if you are eligible for traffic school and accept payment for traffic school.  The system will also advise you if your violation requires a mandatory appearance.  When utilizing the automated information system you will need to have your citation and a credit card available. If you have difficulty with the system or wish to speak to a clerk you should contact the Traffic Division at (559) 582-1010 at extension 3054.

The automated information system cannot accept payment for those citations involving a proof of correction.

Mail: If your case qualifies for payment without an appearance in court, you may pay by mail.  Payment (with proof of correction if applicable) must be received prior to the scheduled court date.

 

  • The court will accept payment by check or money order made payable to “THE CLERK OF THE COURT” prior to the scheduled court date.  DO NOT SEND CASH.  Please include a copy of your citation or your citation number or case number on your check or money order.

 

  • A $25.00 fee will be assessed on all checks returned to the court for non-payment.

Drop Box:  Drop boxes are located at each court location and available for deposit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Court locations are:

Avenal Division

501 E. Kings Street

Avenal, CA 93204

 

Corcoran Division

1000 Chittenden Avenue

Corcoran, CA 93212

Hanford Division

1426 South Drive, Bldg A

Hanford, CA 93230

 

 

In Person: You may clear your case by appearing at any one of the above locations.  Each location is currently open Monday thru Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Friday 8:00a.m. - 11:30a.m.

 

Monthly payments:  You have the option of requesting to make monthly payments either by mail or in person.  A $50.00 Administrative Fee will be added to the total amount due if you should choose to make payments.  You must sign a agreement to pay and forfeit Bail in Installments (TR-300), an initial deposit of 25% of the total fines/fees are required at the time your setting up your payments and all payments are due on the 10th of each month.  The minimum monthly payment accepted by the court is $50.00.  You may mail your payment or appear in person at any of the court locations listed above.  The court will mail out a monthly statement, non-receipt of your monthly statement does not relieve you of your monthly payment. 

 

WARNING: Failure to comply with the terms may result in a $300.00 Civil Assessment being imposed and referral to a collection agency, a hold placed on your driver’s license, and/or a warrant being issued.

Proof of Correction - General

 

  • Obtaining Proof of Correction

To have your bail (fine) reduced for correctable violations you must provide proof of the correction.   If you choose not to provide proof of correction, your bail (fine) will not be reduced.

 

  • Proof of correction may be obtained in the following ways:

 

  • Smog control violations must be inspected and certified by an authorized Motor Vehicle Pollution Control Device Installation & Inspection Station.

 

  • Light and brake violations and other defects or proof of corrections may be certified by any Law Enforcement Agency except those citations issued by the California Highway Patrol which must be certified by that agency.  Please review your citation for hours the agency is available for proof of corrections certification (Hanford Police Department is currently the only agency having specific hours for corrections.) 

 

  • DO NOT STOP AN OFFICER ON ANY ROADWAY FOR THIS CERTIFICATION.

 

  • Self certification of corrections is not acceptable.  Your receipt for purchase of part is not acceptable

 

  • Dog and cat licenses: may be obtained at the following locations:

 

 

  • Superior Court
  • Corcoran Division
  • 1000 Chittenden Avenue
  • Corcoran, CA 93212

 

  • Kings County Animal Control
  • 10909 Bonnie View Lane
  • Hanford, CA 93230

 

  • Sale of the vehicle does not relieve you of the responsibility for correcting the violations unless you have proof of sale to a licensed car dealer.

Proof of Correction - Vehicle Registration

If you were cited for violation of 4000 (a) of the Vehicle Code, you must show proof of valid vehicle registration to clear the charge.  If you do not have valid proof of vehicle registration, there will be no reduction in the bail (fine) amount due. You must obtain valid proof of registration from the Department of Motor Vehicles. If you wish to view any of the Vehicle Codes, they are available through the California Law web site located at www.leginfo.ca.gov/calaw.html then, follow the directions for finding the code(s) you are interested in.

Proof of Correction - Insurance

If you have been cited for an insurance violation sections 16028(a) or 16028(c) of the Vehicle Code and have no previous insurance violations on your driving record the following may apply:

 

  • If you provide proof of liability insurance on your vehicle or yourself (at the time the citation was issued) your bail for this violation will be reduced to $25.00.

 

  • If you provide proof of liability insurance on your vehicle or yourself (purchased after the date the citation was issued) your bail for this violation will be reduced to $108.00 plus the $25.00 proof of correction fee plus any priors.

If you wish to view any of the Vehicle Codes, they are available through the California Law web site located at www.leginfo.ca.gov/calaw.html then, follow the directions for finding the code(s) you are interested in.

The above bail amounts do not include any state mandated fees and or surcharges.

Payment Due Date:

Your citation will provide you with a date and time to appear and or to pay your fine.  If you are unsure of the date you may contact the court Traffic Division at the following telephone number (559) 582-1010 extensions 3063.

Cases Sent to Collection Agency

Pursuant to Penal Code 1214.1, “…the court may impose a civil assessment of up to $300.00 against any defendant who fails, after notice and without good cause to appear in court for any proceeding authorized by law or who fails to pay all or any portion of a fine ordered by the court.” If you wish to view any of the Penal Codes, they are available through the California Law web site located at www.leginfo.ca.gov/calaw.html then, follow the directions for finding the code(s) you are interested in.

Acceptable good cause is defined as written proof of medical incapacitation, hospitalization, incarceration or out of state military duty.  Proof must be verifiable and written on appropriate letterhead stationery.

Failure to respond within 15 days of a Civil Assessment notice will result in the entry of a $300.00 civil judgment and referral to collections.  A request will also be sent to the Department of Motor Vehicles to suspend your driver’s license based on your failure to appear.

For information as to cases referred for collections please contact the collection agency GC Services at the following telephone numbers.

 

G. C. Services-Headquarters

(for English speaking representatives)

 

Call 1-800-333-8395

G. C. Services-Headquarters

(for Spanish speaking representatives)

 

Call 1-800 616-6007

 

 

All arrangements for payments must be made directly with the collection agency.  Court clerical staff cannot address issues regarding cases referred to collections.

 

 
Superior Court of California, Kings County
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