The Court Collection Department provides enforcement of court-ordered Traffic and Criminal fines for the Visalia, Tulare, Porterville, and Dinuba Superior Courts. The court has seven collectors available Monday through Friday to provide assistance to defendants with delinquent fines. The collectors can be reached at the Collection Office from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or by phone from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
If Your Fine Has Been Referred to Collections
Once a signed traffic citation or court order has been defaulted on, the case is referred to the Superior Court Collections Department for enforcement of the fine. In most circumstances, the defendant will receive an FTA/FTP Civil Assessment Notice notifying them of their delinquency.
NOTE: If the defendant does not receive the Civil Assessment Notice, and they are delinquent on their fine, it is the defendant’s responsibility to contact the Collections Department or the Court.
When the defendant receives a delinquent notice, he/she must pay the delinquent fine(s) within 10 calendar days of the date printed at the top of the notice. If they are not sure of the amount for which they are delinquent, they can contact the Collection Department at the phone number listed at the bottom of the notice, or appear in the office within 10 days. Failure to comply within 10 calendar days of the notice will result in an imposition of a Civil Assessment of $300.00, the fine will be referred to the Court's private collection agency, and a driver's license hold will be placed with the Department of Motor Vehicles. A DMV notification and release will result in an additional $10.00 fee (VC40508.6).
FTA Civil Assessment Notice: The defendant must appear and speak to a collector, or pay the Bail Forfeiture amount in full. Partial payments will not be accepted without a signed payment agreement. Once the FTA has been referred to collections, proof of correction will no longer be accepted. The defendant may, within 10 days from the date of the notice, show proof of correction, if applicable, TO THE ORIGINATING COURT ONLY.
FTP Civil Assessment Notice: The defendant can pay the fine in full, or bring their original court order current within 10 days.
If the defendant responds to the delinquent notice within 10 days but is unable to pay the fine in full, or bring the account current, the defendant can request payment arrangements. Payments will not be accepted without paperwork signed by the defendant. Payment arrangements can be made over the phone, or at the counter in the collection department. If requested by phone, paperwork can be mailed to the defendant. The paperwork must be returned to the court within 10 days, along with the first payment. A one-time payment processing fee of $35.00 will be added to the fine, unless previously added. The minimum monthly payment in collections is $100.00 per month. If the defendant is not able to afford $100.00 per month, an income and expense form must be completed, and proof of income provided at the counter to be considered for lower payments.
Once a payment arrangement falls past due, all future payments should be made to the Collection Department, regardless if payments have been brought current.
Once an unsigned citation falls delinquent, a certified letter is submitted notifying the defendant of the delinquency. For unsigned citations resulting from a traffic accident, the defendant is given 15 calendar days from the date of the notice to provide proof of correction and/or to pay the bail forfeiture amount. For owner responsibility citations, the defendant is given 10 calendar days from the date of the notice to provide proof of correction and/or to pay the bail forfeiture amount in full. Failure to comply within the times specified above will result in the original bail amount due in full, and proof of correction will no longer be accepted. If payment in full is not received, an FTA notice will be sent and a Civil Assessment of $300.00 imposed. The fine will be referred to the court's private collection agency, and a driver's license hold will be placed with the Department of Motor Vehicles, where applicable. A DMV notification and release will result in an additional $10.00 fee (VC40508.6).
When making payments, please have your case number with you. Your case number can be found on the Civil Assessment Notice next to People vs. [your name]. Your case number will begin with three letters and may end with a year (for example, TCT054091-99). If you do not know your case number, you will need to provide the name on the case, date of birth, social security number, current address, phone number, and as much information about the citation as possible to help us locate the correct case.
Low Monthly Payment Consideration
To be considered for lower monthly payments, an Income and Expense form must be completed and attached with copies of all monthly bills, expenses, and copies of check stubs, AFDC, SSI, or unemployment verification.
Once the form is completed, signed, and dated by the defendant, it can be brought to the collection counter, and a collector will review it. Based upon your fine amount and the amount of available income, payments will be set at the lowest amount possible. Payments will not be set lower than $35.00 per month.
Download Income and Expense form.