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How much is a ticket for driving without insurance in California?


Failing to show proof of financial responsibility, meaning insurance coverage, is a violation of California Vehicle Code Section 16029. Violating this code could result in fines up to $500 plus penalties, impoundment of the vehicle and suspension of the driver's license. If the vehicle is impounded the owner will have to pay for all storage and tow charges as well.

Per this section of CA law, upon a first conviction, a fine of not less than one hundred dollars ($100) and not more than two hundred dollars ($200) can be assessed. Upon a subsequent conviction, occurring within three years of a prior conviction, a fine of not less than two hundred dollars ($200) and not more than five hundred dollars ($500) may be assessed.

The court in the jurisdiction you received the ticket for being an uninsured motorist will determine the exact amount of the fine. When the court has decided your fine, you can pay in person at the court or by mail normally. Check the ticket, courtesy notice, or court Web site to see whether you can also pay by phone or online. This California court site may allow you to find out your fine amount if you were cited for driving without insurance.


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3 Responses to "How much is a ticket for driving without insurance in California?"
  1. Anonymous

    A couple of days ago I got pulled over or not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign. It was one of these days when just everything goes wrong. I was convinced I did not run through it. I know the roads and know every stop sign as I drive that way every day for two years now. However what is actually even more worrying me is the fact that I realized that the insurance card I had with me in my car was not valid on that day, so I got another ticket for driving without proof of insurance. I am with the same insurance now for two years and I have a paper proving that I am a "loyal customer" with them for over 2 years now. Can I go somewhere and show this before a court session, maybe right away??? As soon as I realized that I took care of it. They always tell you a date from which the new quote will be efficient, which was the day after. So, what is worrying me most is, that on that particular day the old quote was expired and the new one was not yet valid until the day after.

  2. Anonymous

    Try approx $700.00

  3. Anonymous

    I was recieved a ticket for 72 in a 55 and also no proof of car insurance in Kern County in Jan 09. The fine I recieved was a total $1010.00. I showed proof of insurance later and the fine dropped to $300.00 which means no proof on insurance would of cost me $710.00 with no traffic school included.