Amnesty Program

On June 24, 2015 the Governor signed into law a one-time amnesty program for unpaid traffic and non-traffic infraction tickets. Here is what you should know:
When will the amnesty program be available?
October 1, 2015 through March 31, 2017.

How can I apply?

Apply for the amnesty program by filling out this form. The form may be submitted via the following methods. 

By Email: ctyrevenuerecovery@co.humboldt.ca.us

By Fax:
(707) 445-7505

In Person/US Mail:
County of Humboldt
Revenue Recovery Amnesty
825 5th Street, Room 130
Eureka, CA 95501

Please remember that incomplete applications will result in processing delays and may need to be re-submitted with complete information.
Who can participate in the amnesty program?
Any infraction may qualify for amnesty. Unpaid tickets and related “failure to appear” violations with an initial payment due date on or before January 1, 2013, are eligible.

Anyone who is eligible to hold a driver's license (including undocumented individuals who are eligible for a driver's license under AB-60), are entitled to participate in the traffic amnesty program if they meet the eligibility requirements.


There are two groups of people who can participate in the amnesty program:

  • Persons with unpaid tickets whose fines were originally due to be paid on or before January 1, 2013, who have not made a payment on the ticket after June 24, 2015, may be eligible for 50% or 80% debt reduction (depending on income) and driver's license reinstatement (unless an exclusion applies). 
  • Persons with unpaid tickets whose fines were originally due to be paid on or before January 1, 2013, who have made a payment on the ticket after June 24, 2015, are not eligible for a reduction on that particular ticket; however, they may be eligible for driver's license reinstatement if they are in good standing on a payment plan with a comprehensive collection program. 

Exclusions
  • The amnesty program does not apply to parking tickets, reckless driving, and DUI offenses.
  • Eligible persons may be excluded from the amnesty program if they owe victim restitution on a case or have certain outstanding misdemeanor or felony warrants.
  • Each ticket must qualify individually. Persons with more than one ticket may not be eligible for a reduction on all tickets. Please check with your court for additional information.


Will there be a fee to participate?
Courts, counties, and third party collections vendors are permitted to collect an amnesty program fee of $50 payable to the Superior Court or County. The Department of Motor Vehicles will also charge a $55 driver's license reinstatement fee as it does for any license reinstatement. A payment plan option will be available through the Superior Court, County, or third party collections vendors, and payments scheduled under the plan will be based on the ability to pay.