NOTICE: The Court will resume in-person appearances for CVB on October 6, 2021. You will receive a Notice of Hearing or other correspondence directing you to appear in person.

If you have any questions please contact us using the "Request CVB Ticket Info" link below.

  • What is the Central Violations Bureau?
  • How do I know if I received a Federal Ticket?
  • How do I pay my ticket?
  • How can I check the status of a ticket?
  • I want to contest my ticket in court, but I don't have a court date written on my ticket.
  • I received a violation notice, it is marked mandatory, do I have to appear in court?
  • When is my payment due by?
  • What if I pay my ticket the day of court on-line?
  • What happens if I don't pay the ticket or appear in court?
  • I received a notice to appear, but I mailed my payment three weeks ago, did you receive my payment?
  • I received a ticket, but I have moved. How can I change my address?
  • Can I take drivers course/traffic school/defensive driving?
  • Can I request community service, probation, or deferred prosecution?
  • Where can I find directions to the court?
  • If I submit correspondence regarding my violation, do I still have to appear in court?
  • I received a moving violation (e.g. a speeding ticket). How many points will be assessed against my drivers license?
  • How do I obtain a release for my driver license or vehicle's registration?
  • How may I obtain a copy of the complete statement of the charge(s) against me?
  • Can I continue my hearing?
  • When are hearings held?
  • Can I have a sooner hearing date?
  • Can my hearing be transferred from the El Centro Courthouse to the San Diego Courthouse?
  • Where can I park for Court?
  • What to bring to court?
  • How do I submit proof documents?
The Central Violations Bureau is a national center responsible for processing violation notices (tickets) issued and payments received for petty offenses charged on a federal violation notice. This includes violations on tribal lands and on federal property such as federal buildings, national parks, military installations, post offices, Veteran Affairs medical centers, national wildlife refuges, and national forests. The Central Violations Bureau processes violation notices for violations of federal law that occur outside federal property as well, such as, for example, migratory bird offenses that occur on private property.
This site is designed to allow on-line payments of FEDERAL TICKETS ONLY! Click here to see an image of a federal ticket. If the ticket you received does not say "U.S. District Court Violation Notice" across the top, then you did not receive a federal ticket. Federal tickets are issued by law enforcement personnel from agencies such as the U.S. Park Police, U.S. Fish & Wildlife, Department of Defense Police, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Provost Marshal, Airforce, Marines & Navy Security Forces, U.S. Postal Police, U.S. Customs, U.S. Border Police, V.A. Police, and tribal police.
You can pay on-line by clicking here. You may also make a payment by calling the Central Violations Bureau during normal business hours at (800) 827-2982 or mail a check or money order to:

Central Violations Bureau
P.O. Box 780549
San Antonio, TX 78278-0549

Make sure to include the location code and violation number on your payment.

Contact the Central Violations Bureau by calling 800-827-2982. Use option 4 to hear an automated recording with the status of your ticket.
You will be notified by the Central Violations Bureau of your court date by mail. You will receive a Notice to Appear usually within 4 to 8 weeks from issuance of the ticket.
If your ticket is marked Mandatory Appearance – or if there is no amount due shown on your ticket or Notice to Appear – you must appear at the date, time, and court location indicated on your ticket.
To avoid having to appear in court, all payments must be received on or before the scheduled court date.
The court will be notified of your payment. You will not have to appear in court.
If you fail to pay your fine or appear in court at the date and time scheduled on the ticket or Notice to Appear, the court may issue a summons ordering your appearance or issue a warrant for your arrest.

If you are charged with a motor vehicle violation, the court may also report your failure to pay or appear to the DMV of your state, which may affect your driving and/or registration privileges.
Contact the Central Violations Bureau by calling 800-827-2982. Use option 4 to hear an automated recording with the status of your ticket.
Address change requests must be submitted in writing to the Central Violations Bureau. Click here to contact CVB.
Please appear on your scheduled court date for any special requests.
Please appear on your scheduled court date for any special requests.
Use the Court Links on this website for all court information. Alternatively, you can visit Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) website for public transportation information or Google map for driving directions.
Yes, unless you receive guidance from the court instructing you otherwise.
You will have to contact your state's Department of Motor Vehicles or Licensing to determine the point value of the offense. The Central Violations Bureau does not maintain this information.
All releases are processed automatically once a fine is paid in full or the case is dismissed. They are processed in accordance with the policies of the Department of Motor Vehicles of your state and may require several weeks to become effective . There is no additional fee assessed by the Central Violations Bureau to issue a release.
You may obtain a copy of the statement against you by calling 800-827-2982 or submitting a written request to the Central Violations Bureau through email, fax or mail. The request must contain the CVB Location Code, Violation Number, defendant name and contact phone number. Any information missing will delay the request. Please allow 30 days from the date of issuance for the CVB to receive a copy of the ticket from the law enforcement agency.
Yes. Click here to contact CVB.

If you have already received a Notice to Appear please click here.
Court is always on a Wednesday.

San Diego: 8:30 AM
El Centro: 2nd Wednesday of each month, 1:30 PM.

Individual date is set by court.
For appearances in San Diego, consider taking the trolley. The nearest trolley stations are America Plaza and Civic Center. There is no court parking, so those arriving by car will have to find metered street parking or a paid parking lot. For appearances in El Centro, there is no public transportation, but there is a parking lot at the courthouse.
Valid ID to enter Federal building and your citation and/or notice to appear.
You can also bring any proof or information that you believe will be helpful.
Click here for instructions on "How to Submit Proof Documents".