WHO: California drivers with outstanding infraction tickets originally due on or before January 1, 2013, and those seeking to have their driver’s license reinstated may benefit from the 18-month amnesty program that begins October 1.
WHAT: By enacting Senate Bill 85 (Stats. 2015, ch 26), the California Legislature mandated a one-time statewide program for traffic and infraction tickets that:
Parking and other local ordinance violations, driving under the influence (DUI), and reckless driving violations are not eligible.
WHEN: The program begins October 1, 2015, and runs through March 31, 2017.
WHERE: Beginning October 1, people interested in participating in the amnesty program should contact the superior court in the jurisdiction(s) where they received the ticket(s) to determine their eligibility. Court locator: www.courts.ca.gov/find-my-court.htm
HOW: Courts, counties, and other authorized collections agencies may charge a $50 amnesty program fee. A variety of payment options will be available, including installment plans. Note, too, that the Department of Motor Vehicles will charge a $55 driver's license reinstatement fee, as it currently does for any driver’s license reinstatement.
WHY: The program serves multiple goals:
MORE INFORMATION: Frequently asked questions in English and Spanish and an introductory video are available on the California Courts website: www.courts.ca.gov/trafficamnesty