Traffic Court Failure to Appear Holds and Penalties
Phone: (415) 444-7180
Location: Civic Center, Hall of Justice, Room C-10
Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm

An individual who disregards the citation, courtesy notice and final notice and fails to pay the bail or appear in court by the due date is subject to immediate sanctions by the Court, as follows:

  • The Court will notify Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to place a HOLD on the issuance or renewal of the driver's license and/or vehicle registration;
  • Driving privilege suspension;
  • Transfer to the Enhanced Court Collection (ECC) program which will take responsibility for collection of this debt. For more information about ECC, please click here;
  • The Court will add a $300 civil assessment and other monetary sanctions to the amount owed.

Receipt of a notice from the DMV regarding a hold or suspension of driver's license or registration due to a violation of Vehicle Code section 40508 indicates that the Court has reported the violator's failure to appear in court to DMV.

Once these violations have been reported to DMV, individuals must pay the increased amount of bail, which will include the civil assessment and other sanctions.