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Can’t Afford to Pay Your Fine, Fee, or Ticket in San Francisco?

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A list of fine and fee discounts for low-income San Franciscans is available below. A list of community organizations that may help you complete any necessary application forms is available here.

traffic light
Can’t afford to pay your traffic ticket?
You can have your fines and fees reduced by 80% or more if you receive public benefits or if your income is less than 250% of the Federal Poverty Level (about $30,350 for a single person). You may pay the rest on a payment plan or with community service.
parking ticket
Can’t afford to pay your parking ticket?
If you have Medi-Cal, CalFresh, SFMTA Lifeline, or your income is below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (about $24,300 for a single person), you may be able to sign-up for a low-income payment plan. The payment plan has a $5 enrollment fee and allows up to 18 months to pay with $25-$50 monthly payments..
car tow
Did your car get towed and you can’t afford the tow fee?
You may be eligible for a 50% discount on your tow fee if: you use MediCal, CalFresh, or SFMTA Lifeline, OR your income is below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (about $24,300 for a single person), OR you are experiencing homelessness and have visited a Coordinated Entry Access Point in the past 6 months.
license
Was your driver’s license suspended for not appearing in SF Traffic Court?
You may be eligible to get your driver’s license back if it was suspended because you missed a traffic court date at the San Francisco Superior Court.
boot
Was your car booted and you can’t afford the boot removal fee?
You may be able to reduce your car boot fee if: you use MediCal, CalFresh, or SFMTA Lifeline, OR your income is below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (about $24,300 for a single person), OR you are experiencing homelessness and have visited a Coordinated Entry Access Point in the past 6 months. The discount reduces the fee from $505 to $100.
bench
Did you receive a “Quality of Life” citation and you are struggling with homelessness?
If you are struggling with homelessness and received a “Quality of Life” citation, you may be eligible to get your citation dismissed by receiving 20 hours of social service assistance.
justice scale
Do you have debt related to probation fees, ankle monitor fees, or other administrative fees from the criminal justice system?
If you were charged administrative fees as part of your conviction, your debt may have been cleared. Debt from San Francisco monthly probation fees, electronic monitoring fees, and other administrative fees
backpack
Do you owe child support?
Many parents with low incomes are required to pay back public assistance through their child support payments. If you owe child support debt, you may be eligible to reduce your public assistance payback debt by enrolling in the COAP – Compromise of Arrears Program.
phone
Are you or a loved one in a SF County jail?
By June 2020, all jail phone calls will be free of charge and items in the jail commissary store will be cheaper. Starting in July 2019, local and long-distance jail phone call prices have been reduced about 50% (to 8 cents per minute) for the time period before June 2020.
sink
Has your water been turned off or is your water and sewage bill too high?
As of July 1, 2018, San Francisco residents who have their water turned off will no longer be charged fees to have their water turned back on.
books
Do you have overdue library fines?
If you owed an overdue fine to the San Francisco Public Library, your debt may have been eliminated. Starting April 2019, the library does not charge or collect overdue fines and it wiped all outstanding debt.
bart
Can't Afford to pay your BART fare evasion citation?
To pay off the citation, you can perform 5 hours of community service at an organization of your choice. To request community service, complete Community Service Work Waiver of Liability form (request the form at www.CitationProcessingCenter.com) and select the organization where you’d like to perform your community service.
ambulance
Can’t afford to pay your ambulance bill?
If you can’t afford to pay your ambulance bill from the San Francisco Fire Department and don’t have Medi-Cal or Medicare coverage, you may apply for the Financial Hardship Program. To apply for the program, submit a letter explaining your financial situation and a copy of your prior year’s tax return.