Cases in Collection

If your case has been referred to GC Services for collection, the court can no longer assist you due to lack of jurisdiction. You may not submit payment or proof of correction to the court. For information regarding your case, contact GC Services at 1-800-333-8395, or 1-800-616-6007 (Spanish).

License Suspension

Your driver's license can be suspended at the Department of Motor Vehicles for a variety of reasons. If your driver's license is suspended for a traffic related issue, click HERE to speak with a clerk at the Virtual Public Counter. You must have your case number and picture identification available. Alternatively, you may call (916) 875-7800 or email trafficcustomerservice@saccourt.ca.gov. Assistance is available 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding court holidays.

If your driver's license is suspended due to a child support issue, you must contact the Sacramento County Department of Child Support Services - external link.

Failure to Appear

Failure to appear ON OR BEFORE your scheduled court date may result in one or more of the following penalties:

  • A Civil Assessment may be imposed
  • A warrant may be issued for your arrest
  • A hold may be placed on your driver's license
  • You may be tried in absentia (in your absence) and your case referred to a collection agency

Failure to Pay

Failure to pay any court fine may result in one of the following penalties:

  • A Civil Assessment may be imposed
  • Your fine may be referred to a collection agency

Failure to Correct

Failure to correct an equipment violation may result in one or more of the following penalties:

  • A Civil Assessment may be imposed
  • A warrant may be issued for your arrest
  • A hold may be placed on your driver's license
  • A hold may be placed on your vehicle's registration

Civil Assessment

Pursuant to Penal Code 1214.1 - external link , ". . . the court may impose a civil assessment of up to $300 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."

Failure to respond within 20 days of a Civil Assessment notice will result in the entry of a civil judgment for the total amount due and a referral to a collection agency.

To avoid these penalties, the original bail plus the civil assessment amount must be received by the court within 20 days of the notice. If you have failed to appear, proof of correction for appropriate violations may accompany the payment to have your bail reduced.

Warrant

A warrant may be issued for your immediate arrest for failure to appear, failure to pay, failure to correct a violation, or failure to comply with a court order. Any law enforcement officer in the state of California may arrest you anywhere, including your home or place of business.

To clear your warrant and set a court date, click HERE to speak with a clerk at the Virtual Public Counter. You must have your case number and picture identification available. Alternatively, you may call (916) 875-7800 or email trafficcustomerservice@saccourt.ca.gov. Assistance is available 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding court holidays.

As an alternative, you may appear in person with photo identification at the Sacramento County Sheriffs' Department - external link

In some instances, you may be able to pay your fine instead of appearing in court. Cases with no bail warrants (mandatory jail time) cannot be cleared at the court.