Police

Paying/Contesting your Citation

Contesting a Parking Citation

A courtesy notice will be mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle at the address listed with DMV from the billing company.  The notice includes the fine amount, late fee amount and due date of citation before late fees are incurred.  This works out to be about 30 days from the original citation date.  Payment can be made in several ways:

1)      Mail in payment to the Livermore Police Department (1110 S. Livermore Avenue, Livermore, CA 94550)

2)      Mail in payment to the billing company (address listed on back on citation)

3)      Come into the Livermore Police Department (1110 S. Livermore Avenue, Livermore, CA 94550) and pay.

4)      Pay on-line with a credit card at http://www.paymycite.com

If you would like to contest the parking citation, please download and print the Request for Initial Investigative Review Form.  Complete the form and mail to the Livermore Police Department, 1110 S. Livermore Ave., Livermore, CA 94550.  Include a copy of the citation and any other information you feel is relevant.  You will be notified by mail the results of the review.  If you are contesting a parking citation, the request must be postmarked within 21 days of issuance of the notice of the parking violation. **Please note:  While the parking citation is being reviewed, the fine amount is suspended and no late fees will be incurred. Please do not contact the court as parking citations are handled through the Police Department.

If you have further questions, please contact the Livermore Police Department Traffic Unit at (925) 371-4850.

Contesting a Moving Citation

A courtesy notice will be mailed approximately 6 weeks after the date the citation was issued. If you do not receive the courtesy notice, it is your responsibility to respond to the original citation within 60 days or your driving privilege may be suspended, and a warrant may be issued for your arrest.

After receiving your courtesy notice, (a written document from the court pertaining to the bail amount, arraignment date and other options), you have the following options:

Trial by Declaration (TBD)

To request a TBD you can contact the clerk at the court traffic walk-up window or you can simply write a letter to the court requesting a TBD. With your letter you should include: your citation number, docket number, name and a current address.

Complete the required forms, pay the bail and return your written defense to the Judge by the required date. The officer will also be required to provide a written response, and the Judge will decide on the case. If you're found not guilty your bail will be returned. If you're found guilty your bail is forfeited, but you may still be eligible for traffic school. If you're found guilty you can still request a court trial.

Request Court Trial / Without Arraignment / (Bail Required)

Enter your not guilty plea with the court clerk, post bail and then request a future court trial date.

During the court trial, the officer has to testify and provide the burden of proof regarding the citation. You have the option of testifying or exercising your 5th amendment right of remaining silent. The Judge then makes a decision based upon the facts given.

Request Court Trial / With Arraignment / (Bail Not Required)

Enter your not guilty plea with the Judge and request a future court trial date.

During the court trial, the officer has to testify and provide the burden of proof regarding the citation. You have the option of testifying or exercising your 5th amendment right of remaining silent. The Judge then makes a decision based upon the facts given.

Traffic School

The courtesy notice will indicate if your citation is eligible for traffic school. If traffic school is granted you have 90 days to complete the school and return the form. You may request a one time 60 day extension by calling the court or by internet at www.acgov.org.

Traffic school fees vary in cost. Traffic school is available online.

Not all traffic citations are eligible for traffic school. The courtesy notice will indicate if the violation is eligible.

Paying the Fine

If you do not contest the citation you can mail your bail amount found on the courtesy notice to the court or you can pay online.

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I received a citation for a cracked windshield. The bottom of the citation reads that I have 60 days. Do I have 60 days to repair the windshield?
No. Every time the vehicle is driven is a new violation. You have 60 days to respond to that citation or when the court notifies you.

Do I have to appear in court on every citation?
No. Wait for the courtesy notice in the mail or 60 days from the issuance of the citation whichever comes first for instructions.

How much is the fine?
The court has different fine amounts based upon the severity and frequency of the violation. The court will provide this information on a courtesy notice that is mailed to the address you provide.