Folks with traffic fines to pay are urged do so over the phone—a rare convenience provided by the burgeoning coronavirus pandemic.
The Santa Clara County Superior Court announced as much in a news release this morning, saying the expansion of telephonic payment services aligns with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to promote “social distancing.”
To make a traffic payment by credit or debit card, call 408.878.0098 from 8am to 9pm on weekdays or 6am to 3pm on Saturdays, Sundays and some holidays.
The court accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express and imposes a 5 percent service charge for non-cash payments.
If you have other business with the court, agency spokesman Benjamin Rada listed the following options to limit the need to show up in person.
- Look up or pay your traffic ticket online
- Request a deferral of jury duty by emailing [email protected] or calling 408.882.2700 (press 8 then 0)
- Search cases and calendars online
- E-filing for civil, family, probate, and small claims cases
- Complete forms at home
- Self-help assistance by email
- Call the Self-Help Center: 408.882.2926 (voicemail)
Good luck with that! Newsflash!! Their system is archaic and inefficient. Rarely can you make a payment online or over the phone plus you can’t even find your ticket online…why? Their backlog is months old…. If you are lucky enough to find your ticket-trying to pay is a joke. You’re met with “Sorry, our system is down” or “Please try back at a later date”. Really? All while your nice like ticket inches closer to it’s DUE DATE deadline. Oh yeah, forgot to mention, even though you did your due diligence to pay but couldn’t, a nice letter will arrive soon after for a Civil Assessment! Yep! Get with the times Traffic Court! I mean come on…. It’s not like you don’t have enough money to upgrade your system!!!