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Petty Offense Docket/Traffic Tickets

Please note: Petty Offense proceedings are suspended through August 2020. Effective September 1, 2020, Petty Offense proceedings will be held by video or teleconference only. Please see courthouse-specific information below.

Central Violations Bureau (CVB)

The CVB is the national center charged with processing violation notices (tickets) issued, and payments received for petty offenses and traffic violations committed on federal property. For information on how to pay your ticket (on-line or by mail), please visit the CVB website at www.cvb.uscourts.gov , or contact the CVB directly at 1-800-827-2982. Please do not mail payment to the Court unless the Court directs you to do so.

Violation Notices (Tickets) Information

When a federal law enforcement agency issues a violation notice (ticket), it sends the original copy to the CVB, located in San Antonio, Texas. The CVB enters the ticket into its database and tracks the status of the ticket, including payment history, until the case is closed. If the CVB does not receive payment of the fine within 30 days of the ticket’s issuance, it will mail you a notice to appear in court (or by phone or video). This notice will give you two to three weeks’ notice of the date, time, and place you’re required to appear in court (or by phone or video, if instructed to do so).

If a ticket is marked “optional appearance” by the issuing officer, you may do one of the following:

  • Pay the fine before the court date. A conviction will not be reported to the California DMV. The case will thereby be closed, and you need not appear in court (or by phone or video).
  • Do not pay the fine, and appear in court (or by phone or video, if instructed to do so) on the scheduled date, time, and place to contest the ticket. (You may also call the appropriate location as indicated below and ask to reschedule your appearance, so long as your scheduled appearance date has not yet passed.)

    If a ticket is marked “mandatory appearance” by the issuing officer:

    • You must appear in court (or by phone or video, if instructed to do so) on the scheduled date, time and place as indicated in CVB’s Notice to Appear or call the appropriate location as indicated below before your scheduled court date and ask to reschedule your appearance.

    Rescheduling: If you cannot appear in court (or by phone or video, if instructed to do so) at the scheduled date and time on the ticket, you must call the appropriate location to reschedule your appearance before your scheduled court date:

    • San Francisco (415) 522-2149
    • Eureka and Santa Rosa (707) 445-3612
    • Salinas and San Jose (408) 916-2230

    To request a disposition of a matter after court is over, please contact the CVB directly.

    Petty Offense Court Information By Courthouse

    San Francisco:

    450 Golden Gate Avenue, 18th Floor (Courtroom 14)
    San Francisco, CA 94102

    All proceedings are being held by video or telephone. DO NOT come to the federal courthouse. The Central Violations Bureau will mail each person a Notice of Hearing with a date, time and further instructions on how to join the proceeding on your assigned date. 

    There is no judge presiding over the petty offense docket in San Francisco. The proceeding is an informal settlement conference between you and a representative of the Office of the U.S. Attorney. There is also a representative of the Office of the Federal Public Defender on the call to answer questions and to assist you in your discussions with the prosecutor. At the settlement conference, you will discuss and try to resolve your citation(s) and to schedule a trial, if required. If a trial is scheduled, you may be entitled to an appointed attorney. If you have any questions, you may contact the Office of the Federal Public DefenderChristine_Miles@fd.org or (415) 265-1014.  

    San Jose:

    280 S. First Street
    San Jose, CA 95113

    All proceedings are being held by video or telephone. DO NOT come to the federal courthouse. The Central Violations Bureau will mail each person a Notice of Hearing with a date, time and further instructions on how to join the proceeding on your assigned date. 

    There is no judge presiding over the petty offense docket in San Jose. The proceeding is an informal settlement conference between you and a representative of the Office of the U.S. Attorney. There is also a representative of the Office of the Federal Public Defender on the call to answer questions and to assist you in your discussions with the prosecutor. At the settlement conference, you will discuss and try to resolve your citation(s) and to schedule a trial, if required. If a trial is scheduled, you may be entitled to an appointed attorney. If you have any questions, you may contact the Office of the Federal Public DefenderNan_McVernon@fd.org or (408) 265-0857.  

    Salinas:

    1000 S. Main Street, Room 214
    Salinas, CA 93901

    All proceedings are being held by video or telephone. DO NOT come to the federal courthouse. The Central Violations Bureau will mail each person a Notice of Hearing with a date, time and further instructions on how to join the proceeding on your assigned date. 

    There is no judge at this proceeding. This is an informal settlement conference between you and a representative from the U.S. Attorney’s office and/or the Federal Public Defender’s office.  If you have any questions, please contact the Federal Public Defender’s OfficeNan_McVernon@fd.org or (415) 265-0857. 

    Eureka/McKinleyville:

    3140 Boeing Ave.
    McKinleyville, CA 95519

    All proceedings are being held telephonically. DO NOT come to the federal courthouse. The Central Violations Bureau will mail each person a Notice of Hearing with a date, time and further instructions on how to join the proceeding on your assigned date. 

    The petty offense calendar is held before a U.S. Magistrate Judge. There will be a representative of the Federal Public Defender’s Office on the call. If you have any questions, you may contact the Office of the Federal Public Defender at Christine_Miles@fd.org or (415) 265-1014.  

    Santa Rosa:

    99 South E Street
    Santa Rosa, CA 95404

    All proceedings are being held telephonically. DO NOT come to the federal courthouse. The Central Violations Bureau will mail each person a Notice of Hearing with a date, time and further instructions on how to join the proceeding on your assigned date. 

    There is no judge presiding over the petty offense docket. There is also a representative of the Federal Public Defender’s Office present to answer questions and to assist you in your discussions with the prosecutor. The proceeding is an informal settlement conference between you and a representative of the Office of the U.S. Attorney. At the settlement conference, you will discuss and try to resolve your citation(s) and to schedule a trial, if required. If a trial is scheduled, you may be entitled to an appointed attorney. If you have any questions, you may call the Office of the Federal Public Defender at Christine_Miles@fd.org or (415) 265-1014