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Ability to Pay Determinations for Infractions 


MyCitations is an online system that offers individuals the option to request a reduction for their infraction citation, particularly in cases where there is financial need. If you have a financial hardship and can show that you are unable to pay the full amount for a qualifying citation, you may request the court to consider your ability to pay. You may ask the court for a lower fine, payment plan, community service and/or more time to pay by completing the Ability to Pay form. A court official will review your request and the judgment/order will be sent to you via email or by USPS mail. 


The following requests may be made through the “MyCitations” tool:

  • Request a reduction to your ticket
  • Request a payment plan
  • Request community service
  • Request more time to pay your ticket

The following requests should be made through the My Court Portal website and not the “myCitations” tool: 

  • Contest your ticket
  • Provide proof of correction in exchange for a dismissal or reduction of those charges
  • Request to attend traffic school. If your case is eligible for traffic school, you must first have your case approved for traffic school prior to requesting a fine reduction through the My Court Portal


The Court may take up to 30 days to provide a ruling on an Ability to Pay request. While a request is pending, you will not be able to make a payment or schedule a hearing until a ruling has been issued.

If you are currently on a payment plan that is in good standing and you submit a request, your payment plan will be canceled, and no further payments will be accepted and processed until a ruling is issued by a judicial officer.


 The “MyCitations” tool will not allow users to submit a request if their case is ineligible. The following will disqualify the case from the Ability to Pay determination request process:

  • A misdemeanor or felony charge exist on the case
  • The balance on the case is less than $20
  • The case has closed
  • There is an active warrant on the case
  • There is an active order to complete Community Service in lieu fines/fees on the case
  • The case is currently on appeal
  • A Trial By Declaration has been submitted and is currently under review
  • A request for an Ability to Pay determination has been submitted and is currently under review. Only one request may be submitted at a time.
  • A future hearing scheduled
  • Mandatory appearance is required on one or more violations
  • The case contains one or more violations with mandatory proof of correction
  • An owner’s responsibility citation was issued to a business
  • The case includes one or more of the following infraction violations: Vehicle Code 27360(a), 27360(b), 27360.5(a), and/or 27360.5(b)

To determine if your case is eligible, access My Court Portal as a guest or register as a user. If your case is eligible, the portal will enable the available options and you will be directed to the “MyCitations” tool, where you can submit your request.

Access My Court Portal                    MyCitations 

A request may also be submitted in-person by visiting the clerk’s office at any of the following court locations: Central Justice Center, Harbor Justice Center, North Justice Center or West Justice Center. Refer to the Court Locations page for location details.

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