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What if I cannot afford to pay?

If you have a financial hardship that prevents you from paying for your household's basic needs and the full amount of your traffic ticket, you may ask the Court to consider your ability to pay.  If you qualify, the Court may reduce the amount you owe.
 
 

ELIGIBILITY

There are three ways to qualify for an ability-to-pay reduction:

1. If you receive public benefits under: SSI, SSP, CalWORKS, Tribal TANF, GR, GA, CAPI, IHSS, or Medi-Cal,

OR

2. If your gross monthly household income (before deductions for taxes) is less than the amount listed below:
 
Family Size   1 2 3 4 5 6
 Family Income  $1,256.25    $1,691.67    $2,127.09    $2,562.50    $2,997.92    $3,433.34  
 
OR

3. If your monthly disposable income does not exceed $250.00.


It is your responsibility to provide documentation that supports one of the three requirements to qualify for a reduction.
 
 

HOW TO REQUEST AN ABILITY TO PAY DETERMINATION



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2. Complete the Ability to Pay Checklist,

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3. Submit the Request, the Checklist, and the documentation indicated on the Checklist to the Clerk's Office.
 
 

IMPORTANT NOTES

  • A defendant may request an ability-to-pay determination at adjudication, or while the judgment remains unpaid, including when a case is delinquent or has been referred to collections (Vehicle Code 42003(c)). 
  • The ability-to-pay determination is for infractions only (not misdemeanors or felonies).
  • Once the court determines your ability-to-pay, you can ask it to reconsider if your financial circumstances change.
 
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