Find the court date on the ticket itself or call the local courthouse. Each county has its own procedures regarding appearance in traffic court and sending out a courtesy notice with a reminder of the court date, explains the Superior Court of California, County of Marin.
The courtesy notice sent by the traffic court typically contains the due date for any fines, the amount due and available payment option. The notice often includes information about traffic school or "fix-it" tickets as well.
In general, a courtesy notice provides options and instructions on court appearances. If no courtesy notice is received within a matter of weeks, the violator can contact the appropriate traffic court to verify the court date, states the Superior Court of California, County of Sonoma.