Your signature on the bottom of the citation is your promise to appear on or before the assigned court date at the named court.
The North Justice Center (NJC) generally mails a courtesy notice to recipients of traffic citations which lists the fines owed for the violations and if you are eligible for Traffic School and/or dismissal of any violations. However, this is only a courtesy.
Traffic at a Glance
Most traffic tickets are for minor infractions of the law (see examples below). If you were arrested or received a ticket for a more serious violation such as driving on a suspended license, driving under the influence (DUI), hit and run, speed contest, or reckless driving, these are considered misdemeanor and felony offenses and you should refer to the criminal section of the Court's main website for information.
- Moving violations (such as speeding or failing to stop at a red light)
- Equipment violations
- Registration, driver's license, and insurance violations
- Cell phone violations
The appearance location for traffic citations issued by Brea Police Department is at the Superior Court of California, County of Orange, North Justice Center.
1275 N Berkeley Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832-1258
Traffic Division - 3rd Floor
Collections Office - Lower Level (Inside Traffic Division Lobby, Windows 7-10)
Self-Help Center - Upper Level, Room 360
Court staff is available from 8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday to accept payments and proof of correction, schedule court dates, give extensions on traffic due dates, file documents, and respond to general questions.
Superior Court of Orange County Traffic Information
Superior Court of Orange County Traffic information may be obtained at the Orange County Courts Traffic Self-Help website.
The website explains options available, such as:
- Obtaining an extension on a due date
- Enrolling in traffic school
- Paying your ticket
- Showing proof of correction of an equipment violation, registration, license, or insurance violation
- How to see a judge
- Setting a trial date if you think you are not guilty
- Failing to timely take care of your ticket
Other helpful information that you will find in this section includes:
- Resources and obtaining help with your ticket
- Online services, including looking up your ticket
- Courtesy Violation Information Notice information
- Preparing for a court appearance
- Appealing a decision of the court
To conduct court business via online services, which includes requesting an extension, establishing a payment plan or making a payment, submitting electronic correspondence, submitting proof of correction online, reserving a court date, or setting up automatic reminders for your case(s), access My Court Portal as a guest user or create an account.
North Justice Center Self Help Center
Self-Help Center staff is available from Monday through Thursday 8 am to 4 pm and Friday 8 am to 3 pm to provide procedural guidance on traffic matters at the following location:
North Justice Center: Upper Level, Room 360
1275 N Berkeley Avenue, Fullerton CA 92838
Assistance by Phone in Person or Online
Criminal and Traffic Call Center: 657-622-8459: Automated services and information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Customer service agents are available on Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm.
Drop Box Information
Drop boxes or door slots are located at each of the courthouses, with 24/7 access. Payments, proof of correction (fix-it-tickets) with the correct fee, and properly completed documents placed in drop boxes before 4 pm on an open court day will be considered received on the same day.
Why Does the City of Brea Issue Parking Citations?
There are a number of reasons for parking citations to be issued. While the list of potential violations is too long to list, some of the most common reasons for the issuance of parking citations include the following:
- Parking in a specially marked zone (i.e. fire lane, no parking, loading zone).
- Parking on a city street overnight.
- Parked in a handicapped zone without a placard.
- Parked in front of a fire hydrant.
- Expired registration.
How Do I Pay My Parking Citation?
The Brea Police Department uses a third-party vendor to process parking tickets. If you received a parking citation from the Brea Police Department, there are four ways to pay the citation:
- To pay your citation by mail, send a check or money order to City of Brea, P.O. Box 2081, Tustin, CA 92781-2081. Please include your license plate number on your check or money order (do not send cash).
- To pay your citation by credit card over the phone, please call 800-553-4412, and follow the directions when prompted.
- To pay online, go to the City of Brea's Parking Tickets website. Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted.
- Pay at the police department front counter during business hours. Cash, check, and credit cards are accepted.
How Do I Contest a Parking Citation?
If you feel that you should not have been issued a parking citation, or if you believe there are mitigating factors, you may contest the citation by submitting, in writing or online, the reason you feel your citation was issued in error
Go to the Parking Ticket website's "Contesting Information" page for information on the three levels of contesting a parking citation.
What If My Citation Is for a License Plate Violation?
The California Vehicle Code requires that all vehicles have the correct license plate and tabs properly affixed to the vehicle. In the event that you were issued a citation for this sort of violation, follow the listed steps:
- First, make the proper corrections.
- Then, have your vehicle inspected at the Brea Police Department or other law enforcement agency during regular business hours. There is no fee to sign off parking citations issued by this agency.
Your violation will be reduced to $10 dollars when you mail in your valid proof of correction and citation or notice within 21 days of the issue date on the citation.
You must appear at the court designated on your citation on the appearance date and time given unless further notified by the court. Failure to appear may result in a warrant being issued for your arrest. The NJC Criminal Division can be reached at 877-872-2122.