Parking Ticket Payment Plan
It is the policy of the City of Gonzales that the registered owner or person responsible for parking citations, who qualify for indigent status (see below), shall be allowed to enroll in a payment plan. This policy is in response to changes made to the California Vehicle Code as a part of Assembly Bill 503 (CA Vehicle Code 40220).
A registered owner (CVC 460 & 505) or person responsible for the citations, who meet indigent status, shall be eligible to enroll in a payment plan.
- Any citations associated with the vehicle, registered owner, or person responsible may be included in the payment plan at the time of enrollment.
- If additional citations are issued while a payment plan is in place, the plan will not be modified to include the new citations, nor will a concurrent payment plan be offered.
- Citations in a payment plan will not be used toward immobilization/tow/impound (booting) requirements pursuant to CVC 22651(i)1.
Payment plan applications may be viewed and downloaded here. Please bring completed forms with all necessary documentation to the Gonzales Police Department, 109 4th Street.
Applications for indigence payment plans must be received within 60 calendar days from the issuance of the most recent parking violation, or 10 days after the administrative hearing determination, whichever is later. The registered owner or lessee who doesn't enroll in the payment plan within the time specified in the notice or who is not eligible for the payment plan because he or she is not indigent, will not be approved.
An approved payment plan waives all late fees and penalty assessments, exclusive of any state surcharges described in Sections 70372, 76000, and 76000.3 of the Government Code, if an indigent person enrolls in the payment plan. Waived late fees and penalty assessments may be reinstated if the person falls out of compliance with the payment plan.
Individuals who meet one or more of the following determinations of indigence will be approved for special processing as required by 40220 VC. The following areas meet the requirements for approval:
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and State Supplementary Payment (SSP) (Article 5 (commencing with Section 12200) of Chapter 3 of Part 3 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code).
- California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids Act (CalWORKs) (Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11200) of Part 3 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code) or a federal Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF) grant program (Section 10553.25 of the Welfare and Institutions Code).
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Chapter 51 (commencing with Section 2011) of Title 7 of the United States Code) or the California Food Assistance Program (Chapter 10.1 (commencing with Section 18930) of Part 6 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code).
- County Relief, General Relief (GR), or General Assistance (GA) (Part 5 (commencing with Section 17000) of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code).
- Cash Assistance Program for Aged, Blind, and Disabled Legal Immigrants (CAPI) (Chapter 10.3 (commencing with Section 18937) of Part 6 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code).
- In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) (Article 7 (commencing with Section 12300) of Chapter 3 of Part 3 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code).
- Medi-Cal (Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 14000) of Part 3 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code).
- An applicant whose monthly income is 125 percent or less of the current poverty guidelines updated periodically in the Federal Register by the United States Department of Health and Human Services under the authority of paragraph (2) of Section 9902 of Title 42 of the United States Code.
If an applicant's indigent status is found to have been willfully fraudulent, his or her fines and fees reduction shall be overturned and the full amount of fines and fees shall be restored.
Payments must be made each calendar month.
- The fee to enroll in the payment plan is five dollars ($5.00).
- Once a payment date is set, there is no grace period for late payments.
- All payments will be due by the 5th day of each month.
- Payments cannot be made on-line. Payments can be mailed to the Police Department or paid in person at the Police Department (check or money order only). 109 4th St, Gonzales, CA 93926
- For mailed payments, a postmark is acceptable to meet this requirement.
- The District will work with the individual to determine the term of repayment.
- No invoices or payment reminders will be sent.
When a registered owner or lessee falls out of compliance with the payment plan, a one-time extension of 45 calendar days from the date the plan becomes delinquent to resume payments will be given before the payment plan is cancelled and a DMV hold is initiated.