Online (internet) payment: Visa, Master Card, Discover, American Express, EFT and Debit. This option is only available if paying on or before your original due date. If so, click here to access the online Case Payment Processing page. A $6.20 processing fee will be charged by the provider for this service.
Note: Internet payments are not applicable to posting bail for a court trial, or trial by written declaration.
In person: Payments may be made in person at any of the four Criminal & Traffic Departments of the Superior Court of California, County of Orange. Click here for locations and hours.
By phone: Visa, Master Card, Discover, American Express, EFT and Debit. Contact the Automated Information and Payment Center at (877) 872-2122. Hours are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click here for more information on the Automated Information and Payment Center.
By mail: Checks and money orders only. DO NOT MAIL CASH. Checks and money orders should be made payable to "Clerk of the Court". To ensure your payment is credited to the correct case, include the case or citation number. All checks must be preprinted with the maker’s name. Mail payments to: Information Payment Center, P.O. Box 6040, Newport Beach, CA 92658-6040. Click here for the mail-in credit card payment form.
The clerk’s office is authorized to grant:
One (1) 45-day extension and an additional (1) 30-day second extension prior to any Failure to Appear action (Warrant, Department of Motor Vehicle Hold or Civil Assessment). This authorization applies to mandatory and forfeitable infractions. Further requests must be referred to court.
One (1) 30-day extension for completion of traffic school once traffic school fines and fees have been paid. This applies to traffic school ordered in court or processed in the clerk’s office.
One (1) 30-day extension on payment plans established under VC40510.5. This excludes payment plans on Traffic School.
In person: Requests may be made in person at any Justice Center. Click here for locations and hours.
By phone: Contact the Automated Information and Payment Center at (877) 872-2122. Hours are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click here for more information on the Automated Information and Payment Center.
Online (internet) extension: A request for an extension can be made online by accessing the Traffic Citation Extension Request page.
In most cases you can pay the amount listed on your courtesy Violation Information Notice instead of going court. This is called a "bail forfeiture." If you choose, instead, to go to court and are sentenced by a judge to pay an amount, this is called a "fine." Both bail and fines carry additional penalties and fees.
The California legislature decides what the minimum and maximum fine will be for every violation of state law. There are also local laws that say what the fines will be for violations of local law. Additionally, the legislature enacts laws adding additional penalties and fees that substantially increase the fine. For example, when penalties and fees are added to a $25 fine or bail amount, the total owed is approximately $175. More information is available on how a fine is determined.The State Uniform Bail and Penalty Schedule contains a listing of:
The Superior Court of Orange County Uniform Bail Schedule contains listing of bail (fines) for Local Offenses on page 13 B.
CAUTION: Other statutory fees and assessments may also be owing. Use this schedule as a guideline only.