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Information Regarding Fines Referred to Collections

What happens if I fail to appear or fail to pay a court ordered fine?   

 

If you signed a citation or an agreement to appear and violate your written promise to appear at court, you have Failed to Appear. This failure to appear may result in your bail being increased, a Civil Assessment of up to $300 being imposed pursuant to PC §1214.1, your case being referred to collections and a hold/suspension being placed on your driver’s license pursuant to VC §40509.5a.

If you appeared in court, or plead guilty by Counter Arraignment, and you don’t pay your court ordered fine by the scheduled due date, you have Failed to Pay. A failure to pay may also result in your fine being increased, a Civil Assessment of up to $300 being imposed pursuant to PC §1214.1, your case being referred to collections and a hold/suspension placed on your driver’s license pursuant to VC §40509.5a.

If the Civil Assessment has been added to a case, the case is immediately turned over to a collections agency. Once turned over to collections, you must make all payments and payment arrangements with the collection agency.  You may reach them at:

GC Services Collection Agency

 Toll Free Number:          
                                        1-800-333-8395 (English)
                                        1-800-511-0734 (Spanish)

 Payment Mailing Address:
                                        Post Office Box 7835,
                                        Baldwin Park, CA 91706

 Internet: https://courtpay.gcserv.com

 Local Office:
                                        1050 Monterey Street, Room 220
                                        San Luis Obispo, CA 93408

 

How do I clear a hold on my driver’s license?

To clear the hold/suspension for a Failure to Appear, you may pay the bail (including Civil Assessment and state mandated fees) in full with guaranteed funds to the collection agency. If guaranteed funds aren't used, there will be a 21-day waiting period. You may appear at the Court’s counter, post the required bail to appear or submit a Petition to Appear (see below link) without Posting Bail.  If you submit a petition, the court will review the information provided and notify you of the decision.

Petition to Appear on an FTA without Posting Bail

To clear the hold/suspension for a Failure to Pay, you must pay the fine in full with guaranteed funds to the collection agency. If guaranteed funds aren't used, there will be a 21-day waiting period. Once the court receives proof of payment from the collection agency, the DMV will be notified to release the hold on your license.

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If your Failure to Pay was due to one of the following reasons (hospitalization, incarceration, military duty), you may request that the Court vacate the Civil Assessment fee by filing a Petition to Vacate Civil Assessment upon a showing of good cause.  Documentation must be submitted with the Application or your petition will not be considered.

Petition To Waive Civil Assessment

It is important that you provide the Court with a correct address and phone number to ensure you receive the Court’s decision on your request to Vacate the Civil Assessment.