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Administrative Hearings

If you are not satisfied with the results of the Initial Review, you may request to be scheduled for an Administrative Hearing. You must request the Administrative Hearing within 21 calendar days from the mailing date of the Initial Review decision. Once those 21 calendar days have passed, you are no longer entitled to an Administrative Hearing.

State law requires that you pay all fines owed on the citations before you request an Administrative Hearing. If the Hearing Officer rules in your favor, you will be issued a refund within 30 days of the date of the Hearing Officer's decision.

You may request a Payment Waiver if you meet the "very low income" criteria as noted in the HUD (United States Department of Housing and Urban Development) guidelines.

You may either request an in-person hearing or an administrative hearing by written declaration. If you do not wish to be present for the hearing, you may select the written declaration option. For written declarations you must submit your written reason for contesting the citation and ALL evidence to support your case. For more information, please download the Hearing Request Form.

A request for an administrative hearing can be made via:

Web
(Only available for in-person hearing)

Within 15 days of receipt of your request for an in-person hearing, you will receive a confirmation with the date, time, and Hearing Location.

Per California Vehicle Code section 40215(b), only ONE rescheduling is allowed.

**Once a decision is rendered, you CANNOT request another Administrative Hearing of the same citation. You have the right to appeal a final decision within 30 calendar days from the mailing of the Hearing Examiner's Decision.

If you need a Payment Waiver for the court fee to attend the Hearing, you may request a waiver directly from the Superior Court. However, if the Superior Court upholds the citation, payment is due within 30 calendar days of the date on the Notice of Decision. Late penalty fee(s) will be applied if payment is not received timely.