You have the right to request a Modification of Sentence based on ability to pay, if you are unable to pay your traffic fines and fees. To request a modification of sentence, you must complete and submit the Ex Parte Application for Modification of Sentence Based on Ability to Pay either by drop box or mail to:

Traffic Division
Carol Miller Justice Center
301 Bicentennial Circle, Room 100
Sacramento, CA 95826

When considering an ability to pay application, the judicial officer may exercise their discretion to provide for an installment payment plan, suspension of the fine in whole or part, or completion of community service in lieu of paying the total fine.

The application and any supporting documentation will be reviewed within 2-3 weeks of receipt and you will be notified of the decision via mail. You can also view the status of your application by looking up your case online on our Public Case Access System.

Please note: If community service is ordered as an alternative to paying your fines/fees and you complete the ordered hours by the due date you will satisfy the fines/fees on your case. However, if you fail to complete community service you will be credited any hours performed (if applicable) and will have to pay the remaining fines/fees in full by the due date or additional penalties will be added.