Traffic Ticket Amnesty Program
What Do I Need to Know?
Apply between October 1, 2015 and March 31, 2017.
The traffic ticket amnesty program will reduce the overall fines owed by people with eligible tickets. It will also reinstate drivers licenses that were suspended for failure to appear (FTA) and/or failure to pay (FTP).
Jan. 1, 2013
Jan. 1, 2013
Do you have a suspended driver’s license? The traffic ticket amnesty program will reduce the overall fines owed by people with eligible tickets. It will also reinstate drivers licenses that were suspended for failure to appear (FTA) and/or failure to pay (FTP). To apply for the Traffic Ticket Amnesty Program, please visit the San Francisco Superior Court website - Amnesty Program 2015 to print an application, or call 1-877-541-8420 to have one mailed to you. Applications will be accepted through March 31, 2017.Apply Now on SF Superior Court website
This program is for any tickets handled in traffic court (not just driving tickets). However, this program does not apply to parking tickets, reckless driving, DUIs, and some other serious driving offenses. Also, this program does not apply to people who owe victim restitution or have outstanding felony or misdemeanor warrants of any kind. If you are unsure whether this program applies to you, check with the Superior Court in the county where the ticket was issued. For more information about the San Francisco program, please call 311 (within SF) or 415-701-2311 (TTY 415-701-2323) or visit sf311.org.
If your tickets are eligible for reduction, the amount depends on your income. If you are very low income, you may be able to get 80% discharged. Everyone else can get 50% discharged.
Your license will be reinstated if you pay your reduced debt in full OR sign up for a payment plan based on your income.
Courts are allowed to charge up to $50 for participating in the program. You do NOT have to pay this fee up front. It can be added to your total balance and be paid through your payment plan. The DMV charges $55 for license reinstatements.
You can sign up for a monthly payment plan that is based on your income. If you receive public benefits or are very low-income, make sure to have written proof before applying.
AB 60 Applicants
AB 60 is a law that passed to allow undocumented individuals to get driver’s licenses. If you are being denied a license through AB 60 due to unpaid tickets, you can participate in amnesty and become eligible for a license.
San Francisco Residents with Suspended LicensesThe overwhelming majority of license suspensions in California result from either a Failure to Appear (FTA) in court or a Failure to Pay (FTP) court-ordered debt. This map depicts the count of FTA suspensions only that occurred between March, 2012 and March, 2013. Note that multiple holds may be simultaneously placed on one driver’s license. Data compiled over 3 years between 3/2012 and 3/2015 by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). 2013 American Community Survey 2013 five year data
For more information on San Francisco’s Traffic Ticket Amnesty program
Find out more about the California Traffic Tickets/Infractions Amnesty Program by visiting:
- Project Legal Link - Traffic Ticket Amnesty Program Information page
- SF Superior Court of California - Amnesty Program page
For additional support services, please get in touch with the below organizations:
- Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area
- Bay Area Legal Aid (for applicants on public benefits)