The law allows certain violations to be dismissed by the court when the required corrective action was completed within a specific period. The Defendant must present proof that the defect was corrected on or before the initial appearance date to be reviewed by the court. Most violations cleared for dismissal will require a small fine to be paid.
If you received a citation for an eligible offense, you may request the dismissal of the case in person or online. Submitting a request online is not a guarantee for dismissal. The court will review all proofs of correction. Upon validation, you will either receive a text and email notification to pay the dismissal fine if approved, or a court appearance date.
Violations Eligible for Dismissal in Person and Online
- Expired vehicle registration
- Expired driver’s license
- Failure to change name or address
- Failure to maintain financial responsibility (no insurance)
- Defective equipment
Expired vehicle registration
If you received a citation for operating a motor vehicle (or trailer) with an expired registration, you may be eligible to have the charge dismissed. You must appear in court within 20 business days from the date of your citation and do the following:
- Present proof of registration.
- Your proof of correction must show that the penalty has been paid. If the penalty is not paid, the Municipal Court cannot dismiss the citation. Pay a 20% penalty to the Department of Motor Vehicles (through the County Tax Assessor - Collector).
- Pay a $20 fine at the court.
Expired driver’s license
You may be eligible to have the charge dismissed if you appear in court within 20 working days from the date on your citation and present proof of renewal of your Driver’s License. The paper (temporary) license can serve as proof. A $20 fine shall be assessed by the court.
Failure to change name or address
You may be eligible to have the charge dismissed if you appear in court within 20 working days from the date on your citation and present proof of that you have updated the name and/or address on your Driver’s License. The paper (temporary) license can serve as proof. A $20 fine shall be assessed by the court.
Defective equipment violation (brakes, horns, mirrors, lights/lamps, etc.)
You may be eligible to have the charge dismissed if you appear in court within 20 working days from the date of your citation and present proof of correction to the defective equipment.
In person, you are encouraged to drive the vehicle that was cited to the court. A Peace Officer will inspect the vehicle to verify that the defective equipment has been fixed. Online, proof of repair or correction may include a receipt and/or a photo of the vehicle that shows the defect was corrected. A $10 dismissal fine shall be assessed by the court.
Case Dismissal Request Form
Failure to maintain financial responsibility (no insurance)
If you were covered by an insurance policy at the time the citation was issued, you may present proof to have your citation dismissed. The proof of insurance should include the following information:
- Name, address and telephone number of the insurer
- Policy number
- Policy’s effective and expiration date
- Name and address of insured
- Policy limits or a statement the coverage complies with the required minimum amounts of liability insurance
- Make and model of the vehicle covered by the policy
If you were operating a vehicle other than your own, you must provide proof of insurance for that vehicle. The court will contact an agent of the insurer and verify the proof of insurance before the citation is dismissed. If the proof of insurance is not verified, the court will send a notice for you to appear in court.