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CRIMINAL / Traffic Information

Locations and Phone Numbers

Please refer to each Courthouse below for information regarding the days and hours of operation

Ventura

Government Center, Hall of Justice, Room 118
800 South Victoria Ave., Ventura CA 93009
Tel (805) 289-8545

The Criminal/Traffic Department at the Ventura Courthouse is open from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM Monday through Friday. The Walk-Up Express Window is open for payments until 6:45 PM.

Simi Valley

East County Courthouse, South Side
3855-F Alamo Street, Simi Valley, CA 93063
Tel (805) 289-8545

The East County Courthouse office is open on Mondays and Tuesdays only. The Walk-up Express Window is open for payments Monday through Friday until 4:30 PM.

Oxnard

Juvenile Courthouse – Room 122
4353 E. Vineyard Ave., Oxnard, CA 93036
Tel (805) 289-8820

You can make a payment at the Juvenile Courthouse from 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM Monday through Friday.

Email: traffic@ventura.courts.ca.gov

How to Pay Your Traffic Ticket

If you received a traffic ticket, a courtesy notice will be mailed to you at the address on your ticket in approximately three weeks from the date you received your traffic ticket. The courtesy notice will include your fine amount(s) and your due date.

  • To Pay by Debit/Credit Card:  You can pay the fine amount with a debit/credit card by visiting our Traffic Payment page. A convenience fee will be added to your fine when paying by debit/credit card on our web site. Our web site is available 24 hours a day.
  • To Pay by Mail:  You can pay the fine amount by mailing a check or money order made out to Ventura Superior Court in the envelope provided with your courtesy notice. Please do not mail cash. If you pay by mail please include the full amount due and include proof of corrections if applicable.
  • To Pay in Person:  Payments can be made by cash, check, money order or credit card at the Government Center, Hall of Justice in Ventura, the Juvenile Courthouse in Oxnard, or at the East County Courthouse in Simi Valley during regular office hours as listed above. You can make a payment without entering the courthouse at the Hall of Justice or the East County Courthouse during the hours listed above. A court clerk is also stationed at the Oxnard DMV to take payments from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Court locations are not open on holidays.
  • To Make Monthly / Installment Payments:  The Court Collection Unit at the Hall of Justice in Ventura is open 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. See Collections page above for further information about requesting payments.
Traffic Citation Information
  • Clearing Correctable Citations:  If you receive a citation with a correctable violation, proof of correction can be obtained by having an authorized representative of the issuing agency fill out the Certificate of Correction located on the reverse side of your citation. Proof of insurance for VC 16028(a) violations must be submitted to the Court. Pollution Control Device violations must be certified by a smog check station licensed by the California Bureau of Automotive Repair. Registration and/or driver's license violations may be certified by a Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) clerk. Your courtesy notice will contain the correct amount of money you must pay along with your proof of corrections.
  • Extensions on Traffic Citations:  You can obtain a 28 day extension on this web site or at any Court location.
  • Juvenile Misdemeanor Traffic Citations:  If your citation was marked "to be notified", you will receive a notice by mail giving you a court date and time. A parent or guardian will be required to appear with you. Failure to appear could result in a hold being placed on your driver's license. If a hold has been placed on your driver's record, this citation requires your appearance at the Juvenile Courthouse in Oxnard and you must bring one parent or guardian.

    Non-infraction traffic juvenile matters are confidential. Information cannot be given out over the telephone or via e-mail. You (the minor or parent) must appear in Room 122 of the Juvenile Courthouse and show a photo identification before any information regarding the minor's case can be given. The Juvenile Courthouse is located at 4353 E. Vineyard Avenue in Oxnard.

  • Traffic Appeals:  In an appeal, a higher court reviews the order or judgment of a lower court. Any party may appeal from an unfavorable decision based upon whether there was enough evidence to support the judgment or whether errors of law were committed during or before trial which harmed the appealing party.

    On a decision in a limited jurisdiction case (those within the jurisdiction of the former municipal court), the NOTICE OF APPEAL (Infraction) must be filed within 30 days of the entry of judgment.

    There is no fee for filing an appeal on a traffic case. A packet titled Information on Appeal Procedures for Infractions is available in room 210 in the Clerk's office.

  • Parking Appeals:  After receiving the final decision of the issuing or processing agency, you may contest that decision by filing a Notice of Appeal - Parking (Local Form VN225). This appeal must be filed within 30 days after the mailing of the final decision of the issuing agency. Forms are available in the Forms section of this web site. You must pay a $25 filing fee to the court as outlined in Section 40230 of the California Vehicle Code.
Insurance Violations

Pursuant to Vehicle Code section 16028(a), every person who drives a motor vehicle upon a highway shall provide evidence of financial responsibility (insurance) for their vehicle at all times and provide it to any peace officer upon demand.

Your courtesy notice will reflect the amounts due for the scenarios listed below.

  1. You had insurance at the time you received a traffic ticket but the proof of insurance was not in the vehicle.

    1. Mail a copy (in the envelope provided with your courtesy notice) or bring your insurance policy or insurance card showing the effective dates of coverage to the clerk’s office.
    2. Include a check in the amount of $25.00 made out to the Ventura Superior Court.
  2. You bought insurance after you received the traffic ticket.

    1. Mail a copy or bring your insurance policy or insurance card showing the effective dates of coverage to the clerk’s office.
    2. Your fine will be reduced. Include a check made out to the Ventura Superior Court for the reduced fine amount reflected on your courtesy notice.
    3. You can make arrangements to pay your fine in installments to the Court Collections Department. A $35.00 Accounts Receivable Fee will be added to your fine.
  3. No Insurance

    1. If you do not plan to purchase insurance, you can pay the entire amount due reflected on your courtesy notice.
    2. If you wish to make arrangements to pay your fine in installments to the Court Collections Department, a $35.00 Accounts Receivable Fee will be added to your fine.
    3. You can contest the citation by entering a not guilty plea and request a Court Trial.
    4. You can contest the citation by entering a not guilty plea and requesting a Trial By Written Declaration.
Calendaring Information

Ventura Office:  Traffic Court is held Monday through Friday, except holidays, at 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Traffic arraignment can be scheduled on or before your citation due date. To schedule your case for an appearance in court, you must check in with the clerk in Room 118 of the Hall of Justice building no later than 8:15 for the 9:00 a.m. session and 12:15 for the 1:30 p.m. session.

You must appear in court on or before your due date if your courtesy notice indicates that a MANDATORY APPEARANCE is required.

Night court is available for infraction violations on the second Thursday of each month. A reservation for night court is required by calling (805) 289-8545.

Simi Valley Office:  Traffic Court is held only on Mondays at 2:30 p.m. except holidays. Traffic arraignment can be scheduled on or before your citation due date. To schedule your case for an appearance in court, you must check in at the clerk’s counter no later than 12:00 p.m. in order to be heard on the 2:30 p.m. calendar.

Requesting a Traffic Court Trial by Mail/or in Person (Ventura/Simi)

If you wish to contest your citation, you may enter a not guilty plea by mail or by appearing at the clerk's office. The violation must be an infraction that does not require a mandatory appearance. Once you plea not guilty, a Court Trial will be set within 45 days. Court Trials for Ventura jurisdiction cases are held at the Juvenile Courthouse in Oxnard. Court Trials for east county jurisdiction cases are held at the East County Courthouse in Simi Valley on Tuesdays. You or your attorney must appear at the Court Trial. The officer who issued the citation will also be present at the Court Trial. Before a trial date can be set, the clerk's office must receive one of the following:

  • If in person, A Written Not Guilty Plea signed by you or your attorney on your behalf.
  • If by mail, the total amount of bail owed on your case. This amount will appear on the plea form that is sent to you and is also contained in your courtesy notice. Contact the clerk's office at (805) 289-8545 to request a Written Not Guilty Plea form be mailed to you.
Requesting a Court Trial by Declaration (Written Statement) (Ventura or Simi)

If you wish to have your case considered on the basis of a written statement rather than a court appearance, the clerk's office must receive:

  • A "Request for Trial by Written Declaration" form signed by you. (State Form TR-205)
  • The total amount of bail owed on your case. This amount will appear on the declaration form and is also contained in your courtesy notice.
  • The written declaration of the facts of the case. This area is on the reverse side of the Trial by Written Declaration form. Please contact the clerk's office at (805) 289-8545 to have a declaration form sent to you.

The officer who issued the citation will also be requested to submit a statement of the facts. You will be notified of the judge's decision by mail within 45 days. If you disagree with the decision of the court, you must file a Request for New Trial within 20 days after the date the court's decision was mailed to you.

DMV Holds

To clear a DMV hold, you can pay by mail, debit/credit card by visiting our Traffic Payment page, by calling (805) 289-8545 (available 24 hours a day) or in person at any court location or DMV office during regular business hours.

If you live in Oxnard or Port Hueneme, a court clerk is located at the Oxnard Department of Motor Vehicles, 4050 Saviers Road, Oxnard, CA. [click for directions] You may pay, release the hold, and obtain your driver's license at that one location. The clerk is available between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (except holidays).

Traffic School Information

Click on the link below to find information regarding the traffic school process and lists of authorized traffic schools.

Traffic School Information

Owner's Responsibility

If the citation was mechanical in nature, issued to the driver, and the company wants to assume responsibility, please mail in the amount of the citation (as noted on the courtesy notice) and have the company send a request to assume responsibility on company letterhead stationery.

If your citation is past due, a hold is placed on the vehicle's registration at DMV. Failure to clear this citation could result in your inability to register your vehicle when the tags are due.

Indigent Defense Services Fee & Expense Schedule

For frequently asked questions about Traffic, please visit our FAQs page.

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