Dismissals

The law allows certain violations to be dismissed by the court upon presentation of proof that the defect was corrected within the twenty (20) business days from the citation issue date. If you receive a citation for certain violations, you may be eligible to request the dismissal of your case.

Violations Eligible for Dismissal in Person and Online

Violations Eligible for Dismissal in Person

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:

  1. Present proof of registration.
  2. 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).
  3. Pay a $20 fine at the court.

Case Dismissal Request Form

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.

Case Dismissal Request Form

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.

Case Dismissal Request Form

Defective equipment

This request may only be done in person.

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 correction to the defective equipment. You are encouraged to drive your vehicle to the court. The court may send a Peace Officer out to the parking lot to inspect the vehicle and verify that the defective equipment has been fixed. A $10 fine shall be assessed by the court.

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.

Case Dismissal Request Form