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Every year over 80,000 cases are heard in the Scottsdale City Court. More than 75% of those cases are civil traffic violations.

Civil traffic violations include, but are not limited to, speeding, failure to provide proof of registration, a valid driver license, car insurance, and failure to obey a traffic control device.

Scottsdale City Court also handles parking and photo enforcement violations.

Please note: from the date you receive your violation, it can take up to 7-10 working days for the citation to be entered into our system.  After it is in the system, you can choose one of the options below.

When you receive a citation that contains a civil traffic offense only, you are afforded different options to resolve the charge. They are as follows:

Pay The Citation

Each civil offense is accompanied by a fine or sanction amount, which must be paid, in full, on, or before the assigned court date. You can refer to the bond card (pdf/497kb/2pp) ,that may have been given to you by the citing officer, for details on what the sanction amount will be.   Most civil traffic citations can be paid online.

Obtain Proof of Corrections; Mechanical, Registration, Driver License and Insurance Violations

For some civil traffic charges, the charge may be dismissed or the fines may be reduced or suspended when proof is filed and accepted by the Court. See the categories below for more information.  You will need to send the proof to the Court via fax, mail or as an email attachment, or you can bring the proof in person during the Court's walk-in hours.  When submitting proof, please send a copy and not your only original. The Court does not mail back the proof after it is received.  NOTE:  If you mail or fax in your proof, please read If the Court decides to reduce the fine section below for more information on whether you want to post bond to avoid a possible $20 time payment fee.

FAX: 480-312-2764
Mail: 3700 N. 75th Street, Scottsdale AZ 85251
Email: courts@scottsdaleaz.gov (Note: the proof must be an attachment to the email and cannot be in the body text of an email)
Walk in Hours:  8 - 11 a.m. and 1 - 4 p.m, Monday through Friday, except Court holidays

If you fax, email or mail the proof, please include your case or complaint number and a current address with your correspondence.  Please note that once the Court receives the proof, it may take 4-5 working days for the Court to process and mail a decision back to you.

If the Court decides to reduce the fine, you will be mailed a payment contract with a 30 day deadline for paying the fine assessed.  A payment contract comes with a $20 time payment fee that will be added to your case balance.  To avoid paying the time payment fee, you may post the fine amount as bond when you mail in your proof.  You can post the bond by mailing the Court a check for the fine amount that appears on your citation.

If the Court decides to suspend or reduce the fine, and you have posted a bond, the bond will be posted to your case and any remaining balance will be refunded to you within 2 weeks.

If the Court decides to dismiss the charge, and you have posted a bond, the bond will be refunded to you in full within 2 weeks.

Please note that once the Court receives the proof, it may take 4-5 working days for the Court to process and mail a decision back to you., you will be mailed a payment contract with a 30 day deadline for paying the fine assessed.  A payment contract comes with a $20 time payment fee that will be added to your case balance.  To avoid paying the time payment fee, you may post the fine amount as bond when you mail in your proof.  You can post the bond by mailing the Court a check for the fine amount that appears on your citation. , and you have posted a bond, the bond will be posted to your case and any remaining balance will be refunded to you within 2 weeks., and you have posted a bond, the bond will be refunded to you in full within 2 weeks.

Insurance Violations

Some insurance charges may be dismissed by providing valid proof of an insurance policy to the court. The policy must cover the vehicle in question on the date and time of the alleged violation.

Refer to Schedule of Rates and Fees (pdf/361kb/7pp) for additional information.

Registration Violations

For violations of A.R.S 28-2532Anot part of City of Scottsdale web site, the fine will be reduced to $151.95 if you provide a valid copy of the vehicle registration.

Refer to Schedule of Rates and Fees (pdf/361kb/7pp) for additional information.

The charge may be dismissed at judicial discretion if the vehicle was properly registered prior to the violation.

Driver License Violations

If the charge is for failure to provide or carry a valid driver license, the fine can be suspended by providing a valid driver license.

Refer to Schedule of Rates and Fees  (pdf/361kb/7pp) for additional information.

Equipment Violations

Proof of correction of a equipment or mechanical violation may suspend the fine if receipts of repair or purchase are provided to the court.

Attending Defensive Driving School (DDC)

If you are eligible, you may also attend defensive driving class. Please refer to our DDC information page for terms and conditions.

Request a Hearing

If you believe you are not responsible for any of the cited violations, you may request the Court to set a date for a civil traffic hearing.

The request can be made in person or by mail.

At a civil traffic hearing, you and the officer are provided the opportunity to state the facts of the case to a Civil Traffic Hearing Officer who will then decide the case.

You may file a written request for a hearing in absentia.  You must show why attending a civil traffic hearing would cause a substantial hardship.  A substantial hardship is more than a mere inconvenience and must be based on extraordinary circumstances.

PLEASE NOTE: It is the defendant's responsibility to follow up with the Court to ensure that the payment or correspondence sent via mail was received by the Court and that all charges have been resolved on or before the arraignment date.

Request a Court Date Extension

If you are unable to resolve your case on or before the court date given to you by the officer, you may request a continuance by completing a motion to continue or appearing at the Scottsdale City Court.

A motion to continue must be filed in person or by mail and the Court must receive the completed motion prior to the court date.

PLEASE NOTE: It is the defendant's responsibility to follow up with the Court to ensure that the payment or correspondence sent via mail was received by the Court and that all charges have been resolved on or before the arraignment date.

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