ATTENTION: Friday, Oct. 16, 2015

Our Traffic Division will close at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, October 16, 2015.
We will reopen - Monday, October 19, 2015 at our new location - 2 blocks away:
Superior Court Traffic/Collection Division
720 West 20th Street
Merced, CA 95340


Welcome to the Superior Court of California County of Merced Traffic Division. This Division has jurisdiction over Vehicle Code violations, some local municipal ordinances, infractions, and minor misdemeanors.

Traffic Tickets Online

For adult traffic tickets, payments are accepted online with a credit or debit card that have a Visa or Mastercard logo. In addition to payment of your fine amount, a processing and convenience fee of 2.75% will be added to your credit card. You can also pay by mail or in person at the courthouse.

Please note, requesting a trial by declaration is not a valid option if you were cited for a misdemeanor violation.

Please click on the button below to check traffic ticket information and use your credit or debit card with our automated online payment system.

Traffic Case Types

Adult Matters - Merced


Tel: (209) 725-4107
Fax: (209) 725-4106

Phone Hours
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday - Friday

Office Hours

7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Monday - Friday


You may appear as a walk-in on Monday through Thursday between 7:30 am and 8:15 am. We do not accept walk-ins on Fridays or after 8:15 am. Please bring your citation, courtesy notice, or any other information you have pertaining to your case.

Please keep in mind that walk-in schedules are subject to change at any time.

Adult Matters - Los Banos


Tel: (209) 725-4124
Fax: (209) 725-4125

Phone Hours
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Monday - Friday

Office Hours

7:45 am - 3:00 pm
Monday - Thursday


You may appear as a walk-in on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings between 8:00 am and 8:30 am. We do not accept walk-ins on Wednesdays. Please bring your citation, courtesy notice, or any other information you have pertaining to your case.

Please keep in mind that walk-in schedules are subject to change at any time.

Juvenile Matters


Tel: (209) 725-4119
Fax: (209) 726-6585

Phone Hours
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Monday - Friday

Closed from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Every Day.


Iris Garrette Juvenile Justice Center 2840 W. Sandy Mush Road Merced, CA 95341

Office Hours

8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday - Friday

Closed from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Every Day.

Traffic Citations

For additional information regarding a Misdemeanor Merced or Misdemeanor Los Banos juvenile traffic citations please call the Juvenile Court at (209) 725-4119.For additional information regarding a Merced Infraction juvenile traffic citation please call the Merced Traffic Division at (209) 725-4107. For additional information regarding a Los Banos Infraction juvenile traffic citation please call the Los Banos Division at (209) 725-4124.

Courtesy Notice

If you received a Juvenile Traffic Courtesy Notice and it indicates that you are scheduled for a mandatory appearance, you are not eligible to post and forfeit bail at this time. You will need to appear as indicated on your Juvenile Traffic Courtesy Notice. Please appear in the location indicated on your courtesy notice. When you appear for your hearing, the Judge will give you information regarding bail and if eligible traffic school.

If your courtesy notice provides you with bail and/or proof of correction information you may post and forfeit the bail as indicated on your notice. If you were cited for a correctable violation, please following the directions on the back of your courtesy notice. All payments and any proof of correction should be mailed to the address listed on your notice. Checks, money orders, or cashiers checks should be drawn on a US Bank and made payable to Merced Superior Court. Please include the case number and citation number on all correspondence by mail.

Payment Locations

Juvenile traffic payments can also be made in person at the Court's Merced Traffic Division located at 670 W. 22nd Street Merced, CA 95340 or at the Court's Los Banos Division located 445 I Street Los Banos, CA 93635. For your convenience, Visa and MasterCard are accepted when the cardholder appears in person by the due date.

More Information

Traffic School

You may attend traffic violator school (TVS) only if:

  • The citation was for a moving violation.
  • You have not taken a traffic school course within the past 18 months.
  • You do not have more than 3 infractions on your driving record.
  • You do not have a misdemeanor on your driving record.
  • You did not exceed the speed limit by more than 25mph.

A person who holds a class A, class B or commercial class C driver's license may request to attend TVS if the person was operating a vehicle requiring only a class C or class M license (non-commercial vehicle). The Court may not order that the record of conviction be kept confidential. However, the conviction shall not contain a violation point count. A commercially licensed driver operating a commercial vehicle is prohibited from attending TVS.

Notice: If you are eligible and decide not to attend TVS your automobile insurance may be adversely affected. One conviction in any 18-month period will be held confidential and not show on your driving record if you complete a TVS program (non-commercially licensed driver only).

< You may pay your traffic ticket and request traffic school online by using our automated online payment system with your Credit or Debit card bearing a Visa or MasterCard logo.

To request traffic school by mail:

  • Select option #4 on your courtesy notice or mail a written request to the court.
  • Enclose a check or money order, in US funds, for the full amount of the bail as listed on your Courtesy Notice payable to Merced Superior Court.

Please be certain to write the case and/or citation number on all correspondence and payments.

Once your request has been authorized you will be provided a list of approved traffic schools and a completion due date. You may only attend traffic schools approved by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

You may also obtain a list of schools in your area at the CTSI website.

You can contact the traffic school representative directly by dialing:

Merced Traffic Division
Tel: (209) 725-4189

Los Banos Traffic Division
Tel: (209) 725-4212

Traffic Amnesty Program

Traffic Tickets / Infractions Amnesty Program

On June 24, 2015, the Governor signed into law a one-time amnesty program for unpaid traffic and non-traffic infraction tickets. Here is what you should know:

When will the amnesty program be available?
Start: October 1, 2015
End: March 31, 2017

Who can participate in the amnesty program?
There are two groups of people who can participate in the amnesty program:
  • • Persons with unpaid tickets whose fines were originally due to be paid date on or before January 1, 2013, who have not made a payment after June 24, 2015, may be eligible to have both their debt reduced by 50 or 80 percent depending on income and their driver's license reinstated, unless an exclusion discussed below applies.
  • • Persons who made a payment after June 24, 2015 on a ticket are not eligible for a reduction for that ticket, but may be eligible to have their driver’s license reinstated if they are in good standing on a payment plan with a comprehensive collection program.
  • • Persons with more than one ticket may not be eligible for a reduction on an individual ticket if the eligibility criteria are not satisfied for the ticket. Please check with your court for additional information.
Any persons eligible to have a driver's license, (including undocumented individuals who are eligible for a driver's license under AB 60) are entitled to participate in the traffic amnesty program if they meet the eligibility requirements.

Who cannot participate in the amnesty program?
Eligible persons may be excluded from the amnesty program if they owe victim restitution on a case or have certain outstanding misdemeanor or felony warrants.

What if I made a payment after June 24, 2015?
People ineligible due to timing may still have their driver’s license returned, but will not have their fines reduced on tickets with a payment after the deadline .

What tickets will be eligible for amnesty?
Any infraction may qualify for amnesty. Unpaid tickets and related “failure to appear” violations with an initial payment due date on or before January 1, 2013, are eligible. Individual superior courts and counties may extend this program to include some misdemeanors.

What tickets will not be eligible?
This amnesty program does not apply to parking tickets, reckless driving, and DUI offenses.

How much will I have to pay?
Under the amnesty program, eligible participants will not have to pay any civil assessments. Once the civil assessment amounts are deducted, the remaining balance owed will be reduced by 50 to 80 percent depending on income or receipt of specified public benefits.

  • • The discount will be 80 percent for those who certify that they make 125 percent or less than the federal poverty level — $14,712 for an individual, or $30,312 for a family of four — or who receive public assistance.
  • • The discount will be 50 percent for all other eligible participants.

How do I participate in the amnesty program?
Beginning on October 1, 2015, contact the superior court in the jurisdiction(s) where you received the ticket(s) to determine your eligibility to participate in the amnesty program. People who are eligible for amnesty will have their application processed without seeing a judge.

Participation Form - Select Here

Please submit your form either in person or by mail at:
Merced Superior Court
Attn: Amnesty Program
670 West 22nd, Room 6
Merced, CA 95340

Will there be a fee to participate?
Courts, counties, and third party collections vendors are permitted to collect an amnesty program fee of $50 payable to the superior court or county. The Department of Motor Vehicles will also charge a $55 driver's license reinstatement fee as it does for any license reinstatement.

Will there be an installment payment option?
Yes, a payment plan option will be available through the superior court, county, or third party collections vendors and payments scheduled under the plan will be based on the ability to pay.
For more information you can visit the YouTube video below.

Video Link

Proof of Correction

Proof of correction of most mechanical and equipment violations can be obtained by visiting a law enforcement agency. Have a Peace Officer fill out the Certificate of Correction that is located on the reverse side of your citation. A fee of $25 payable to the Superior Court of California, County of Merced will be due for each correctable violation, pursuant to VC40611.

If you were cited for an expired vehicle registration, have a DMV agent or Peace Officer sign your citation to verify the correction was made. You may submit a copy of your proof of registration or the signed citation to the Court with the $25 fee.

If you were cited for driving without proof of insurance, and were insured on the day of the citation, submit a copy of the proof of insurance with the $25 fee.

If proof of correction and the appropriate fees for each correctible violation are received by the due date, then the case will be dismissed.

Please write the citation number and/or case number on your check, money order or cashiers check.

If you did not have current insurance on the vehicle on the date the citation was issued, you will need to speak with a court clerk for additional information or pay the bail (fine) amount due by the due date.


If your case has gone to collections and/or if you now have an order of suspension on your license, then you need to speak directly to the Collection Agency listed on the notice you received.

G.C. Services
Tel: (English) 1-800-333-8395
Tel: (Spanish) 1-800-616-6007
Pay Online:

Franchise Tax Board
Tel: (916) 845-4064
Payment Options:

Contesting an Adult Traffic Citation

You may contest your citation by posting the fine in full as listed on your Courtesy Notices with a check, money order or cashiers check and request a Trial by Declaration. Your request may be done by mail by following the directions on your Courtesy Notices or you can visit us at 670 West 22nd Street, Room 6, Merced, CA 95340.

Mandatory Appearance

Generally, if the Courtesy Notice does not give a bail amount and says "Mandatory Appearance" you must appear before the Judge. However, if your Courtesy Notice indicates "Mandatory Appearance" and your citation is for speeding between 90 mph and 109 mph, and you wish to plead guilty and post bail, a Court Processiong Clerk may advise you of the bail by telephone. Speed in excess of 109 mph requires a mandatory Court appearance.


If you wish to file an Appeal on an Infraction or Misdemeanor case the Appeal Forms can be located at the Judicial Council Online Forms . The Appeal Forms packets may also be purchased at the Court.
Once linked to the Judicial Council Online Forms, scroll down the list of forms until to see the forms indicated below.

Infraction Appeal forms needed:

CR-141-INFO Information on Appeal Procedures for Infractions
CR-142 Notice of Appeal and Record of Oral Proceedings (Infraction)
CR-143 Proposed Statement on Appeal (Infraction)
CR-145 Abandonment of Appeal (Infraction)

Misdemeanor Appeal forms needed:

CR-131-INFO Information on Appeal Procedures for Misdemeanors
CR-132 Notice of Appeal (Misdemeanor)
CR-133 Request for Court-Appointed Lawyer in Misdemeanor Appeal
CR-134 Notice Regarding Record of Oral Proceedings (Misdemeanor)
CR-135 Proposed Statement on Appeal (Misdemeanor)
CR-137 Abandonment of Appeal (Misdemeanor)

Case Searches

For case search information, please visit the Records Search page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

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