Lost Traffic Ticket in CaliforniaPage Overview
California does not provide one universal online ticket search for lost traffic tickets, but in most cases drivers can pay their citations online.
Also, most counties mail out courtesy notices, reiterating all pertinent information contained on your traffic ticket, including court location, appearance date, and fine amount. So in most instances, you will be covered if you lose your traffic ticket.
California traffic tickets are handled on a county level, including how to handle lost traffic tickets. So once you determine which county you were cited in, you will need to contact that county's court (see next section). Do not contact the law enforcement department that issued you the traffic ticket. Once a ticket has been issued, it becomes a court matter.
After pinpointing where your lost traffic ticket was written, visit the county's court website. You will find the contact information you need to help you with your lost ticket.
If part of finding your lost ticket is to determine the three ways to plead, you'll have three options:
The first two pleas require paying your fine before the due date posted on your traffic ticket. Pleading not guilty requires legal maneuvering on your behalf in building a defense case. You can find detailed information for all three scenarios on our Paying Your Traffic Ticket and Fighting Your Traffic Ticket pages.Other Topics in This Section