When you get a ticket in America, it gets kind of difficult figuring out how much a traffic ticket could cost. In addition to the fine itself, there may also be other additional fees you have to pay. According to the DMV, California has never had a fixed cost for the violations because the amount you pay each time could be different based on the location of where you got your ticket and the conditions of what happened.           

In Los Angeles, the fines of common traffic violations are as follows:

Failure to bring license $214
Failure to notify DMV of address change within 10 days $214
Failure to provide vehicle insurance $796 (cost may be reduced with proof of insurance on or after violation date)
Failure to stop at a red light $533
Failure to stop at a stop sign $284
Passing the double yellow lines $425
Illegal turn or illegal U-Turn $284
Failure to turn on headlights 30 minutes after sunset $382
Passing buses’ flashing lights (including school buses, ambulance, fire trucks, etc.) $675
Parking in spaces designated for buses $976
Parking in spaces designated for the disabled (1st violation) $976
Parking in spaces designated for the disabled (2nd violation) $1,876
Illegally driving in the carpool lane $401
Speeding: Going over the speed limit 1-15 miles $224
Speeding: going over the speed limit 16-25 miles $338
Driving too slow $328
Using a phone while driving $160
Using earphones that cover both ears while driving $178
Adults’ failure to wear seat belts $160
Children’ failure to wear seat belts or failure to sit in car seat/safety seat $436

On top of the fine, there are additional fees:

Surcharge 20% of the basic fine
Court security fee $30
Night court fee $1
Conviction assessment fee $35

Based on the severity of the violation, you may have to pay these extra fines:

  • State Penalty Assessment
  • County Penalty Assessment
  • Court Facility Construction Penalty Assessment
  • DNA Identification Fund Penalty Assessment
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Penalty Assessment

If the driver commits any of the above violations, the driver must also attend 8 hours of traffic school. The DMV will also mark it on your driving record and will stay there for 18 months. If a driver receives a second ticket within these 18 months, the DMV will add two points to your driving record, which means that you’ll be saying farewell to your Good Driver status and watch your auto insurance costs rise… don’t think you want that to happen!!