Amnesty Program for traffic infractions open from Oct. 1 through March 2017

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – On Thursday, the San Diego Superior Court and 57 other California Superior Courts will offer amnesty on the unpaid amount due on traffic and non-traffic infraction fines imposed more than two years ago.

The one-time amnesty program was signed into law by Gob. Jerry Brown in June and will run from Oct. 1, 2015, through March 31, 2017.

The program was designed to resolve infraction-related delinquencies. 

There are two groups of people who can participate in the program:
   — Persons with unpaid tickets whose bail or fines were originally due to be paid on or before Jan. 1, 2013, and who are not current with payments, may be eligible to have their debt reduced by 50 or 80 percent, depending on income, and the hold on their driver’s license rescinded;
   — Persons who were delinquent, but are currently making payments or become current at the date of the request, are not eligible for a reduction, but may be eligible to have the "failure to appear or pay” notification removed from their driving record.

Those not eligible for the amnesty program are individuals with parking tickets and other misdemeanors, including driving under the influence and reckless driving. Individuals who owe restitution to a victim or have an outstanding warrant are also not eligible to apply for the amnesty program.

A $50 Amnesty Program Fee will be charged for each eligible participant. The fee will be added to the first payment or lump sum amount. In addition, the Department of Motor Vehicles will also charge a $55 Driver’s License Reinstatement fee, if it applies.

Civil assessments will be deducted and will not have to be paid.

Before contacting the court, members of the public are urged to review the California Courts’ web page on the Amnesty Program.

The site is also available through the San Diego Superior Court’s web site at sdcourt.ca.gov.

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