A one-time traffic ticket amnesty program started Thursday, October 1st. Courts are now offering fee reductions for infractions that occurred over two years ago. The purpose is to encourage people to resolve their unpaid tickets for speeding violations or other minor infractions, and to provide relief to people that have had their driving privileges suspended. Parking tickets, DUI violations, and reckless driving violations are excluded from the program.

People with outstanding infraction tickets whose fines were due on or before January 1st, 2013 and whose payments are not up to date, may be eligible to have the debt reduced by 50 or 80 percent, depending on income.

People who are delinquent on the total amount of their fines, but are making payments or become current by the date of the request, are not eligible for a debt reduction, but they may be able to have the “failure to pay notification” removed from their driving records.

Individuals seeking amnesty must appear in person to make a request, unless they live out of the state or county. Amnesty forms should be returned to the court location where the delinquent ticket is filed.

Participants will be charged a $50 program fee, which will be added to the first payment or lump sum. The Department of Motor Vehicles will also charge a $55 driver’s license reinstatement fee, if applicable.

The program will run until March 31, 2017. For Amnesty Program information, visit the Judicial Council’s Amnesty page.