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Correctable Violations and Certifying Agencies
 
A violation specified in Vehicle Code section 40303.5 may be dismissed upon proof of correction if none of the following conditions of exist: (Rule 850, California Rules of Court; Vehicle Code section 40610(b))
 
1. Evidence of fraud or persistent neglect;
2. The violation represents an immediate safety hazard;
3. The violator does not agree to or cannot promptly correct the violation.
 
Use the following guide to determine which Certifying Agency may certify your violation as having been corrected. Generally, the court clerk or DMV certifies registration and drivers license violations. Many commercial vehicle violations are not inspected by Court Services Division due to specialized training/equipment requirements. In those instances, you may obtain proof of correction from the agency that issued the citation (issuing agency) or the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Some violations handled by Court Services Division require a certificate from an Official Smog, Headlamp or Brake Station. (Refer to the California Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) at www.smogcheck.ca.gov or the telephone book yellow pages under "automotive repair, headlamp and brake inspection station" for inspection stations. The actual Vehicle Code sections can be found at www.leginfo.ca.gov
 
 
VC Section Description Certifying Agency Official Inspection Station Certificate

4000(a)

No Evidence of Current Registration

court clerk/DMV

  

4000.4(a)

Unregistered California-Based Vehicle

court clerk/DMV

  

4152.5

Failure to Apply for Registration—Foreign Vehicle

court clerk/DMV

  

4159

Notify DMV of Change of Address Within 10 Days

court clerk/DMV

  

4160

Change of Address on Registration Card

court clerk/DMV

  

4161(a)

Failure to Notify of Engine/Motor Change

court clerk/DMV

  

4301

Surrender Evidence of Foreign Registration

court clerk/DMV

  

4454(a)

Failure to Maintain Registration Card With Vehicle

court clerk/DMV

  

4455

Failure to Display Temporary Permit—Foreign Commercial Vehicle

Sheriff

  

4457

Failure to Replace Lost, Damaged Cards and/or Plates

Sheriff

  

4458

Both Plates Lost or Stolen

court clerk/DMV

  

4459

Failure to Replace Lost or Damaged Owner’s Certificate

court clerk/DMV

  

5011(a)

Display of Special Construction Identification Plates

Sheriff

    

5017

Display of Identification Plates on Wrong Vehicle

Sheriff

  

5030

Motorized Bicycle Required to Display Plates

Sheriff

  

5037(a)

Motorized Bicycle Without Assigned Plates (post-7/1/81)

Sheriff

  

5037(b)

Motorized Bicycle Without Assigned Plates (pre-7/1/81)

Sheriff

  

5109

Transfer or Retention of Environmental Plates

court clerk/DMV

  

5200

License Plate Display Specified

Sheriff

  

5201(a–e)

Plates Improperly Positioned

Sheriff

  

5202

Period of Display of Plates Specified

Sheriff

  

5204(a)

Current Tab Improperly Attached

Sheriff

  

5206

Present Certificate of Partial-Year Registration

Sheriff

  

5900(a–c)

Notice of Sale/Transfer of Vehicle by Owners Required

court clerk/DMV

  

5902(a)

Failure to Notify DMV of Transfer Within 10 Days

court clerk/DMV

  

12500(a)

Unlawful to Drive Unless Licensed

court clerk/DMV

  

12500(b, d)

Licensed Driver Out of Classification (Commercial Drivers – see Commercial Inspector)

court clerk/DMV

  

12500(c)

Unlawful to Drive in Offstreet Parking Facility Out of Classification

court clerk/DMV

  

12523.5(a)

Paratransit Bus Driver Must Have Special Endorsement

court clerk/DMV

  

12815(a)

Must Obtain Duplicate If Original License Lost, Destroyed, or Mutilated

court clerk/DMV

  

12951(a)

No Valid License in Possession

court clerk/DMV

  

13007

Identification Card Holder to Notify DMV of Address Change Within 10 Days

court clerk/DMV

  

14600(a)

Failure to Notify DMV of Address Change Within 10 Days

court clerk/DMV

  

15250(a)

Commercial Driver’s License Required

court clerk/DMV

  

15275(a)

Person Driving Commercial Vehicle Must Have Any Required Endorsements

court clerk/DMV

  

16028(a)

Failure to Provide a Peace Officer Evidence of Financial Responsibility

court clerk/DMV

  

21201(a–d)

Equipment Requirements for Bicycles

Sheriff

  

24002(b)

Unlawful to Operate Vehicle Not Equipped as Provided

Sheriff

  

24003

Vehicle With Unauthorized Lamps

Sheriff

Required

24008

Modification of Vehicle Road Clearance Restricted

Sheriff

  

24008.5

Maximum Frame Height Defined

Sheriff

  

24010

Trailer Renter Responsibility

Sheriff

  

24252(a–c)

Maintenance of Lamps and Devices Required

Sheriff

Required

24253(a)

Battery Requirements for Vehicle—Lighting Equipment

Sheriff

Required

24253(b)

Battery Requirements for Motorcycle—Lighting Equipment

Sheriff

Required

24400

Headlamp Requirements

Sheriff

Required

24402(a,b)

Auxiliary Driving and Passing Lamps Specifications

Sheriff

Required

24403

Fog Lamps Not to Be Used in Place of Headlamps

Sheriff

Required

24404(a,b)

Spotlamps—Number and Wattage Specified

Sheriff

Required

24404(c,e)

Spotlamps—Direction Defined

Sheriff

Required

24406

Use of Multiple Beams Restricted

Sheriff

  

24407(a)

High Beams —Adjustment Specified

Sheriff

Required

24407(b)

Low Beams—Adjustment Specified

Sheriff

Required

24408(a,b)

High/Low Beam Indicator Required

Sheriff

   

24410(a)

Single Beams—Adjustment/Intensity Specifications

Sheriff

Required

24600(a–f)

Tail Lamp Requirements and Specifications

Sheriff

Required

24601

License Plate Lamp Required

Sheriff

  

24602(a,b)

Fog Tail Lamp Requirements and Specifications

Sheriff

Required

24603(a–g)

Stop Lamp Requirements and Specifications

Sheriff

Required

24605(a)

Tow Cars and Towed Vehicles—Lights Required

Sheriff

  

24606(a,b,d)

Backup Lamp Requirements and Specifications

Sheriff

Required

24606(c)

Backup Lamps—When Not to Be Lighted

Sheriff

Required

24607(a–d)

Reflectors Required on Rear of Vehicle

Sheriff

  

24608(a–d)

Light Reflectors on Trucks/Trailers—Front and Sides

Sheriff

  

24609

Vehicle Reflector Requirements and Specifications

Sheriff

Required

24610

Truck Reflector Requirements and Specifications

Sheriff

Required

24950

Turn Signal Device Required—Towing Trailer

Sheriff

  

24951(b,c)

Turn Signals Required on Certain Vehicles

Sheriff

  

24952

Visibility Requirement of Signals

Sheriff

Required

24953(a-d)

Turn Signal Lamp Requirements

Sheriff

  

25100(a–c,e,f)

Clearance and Side Marker Lamp Requirements

Sheriff

  

25102

Lamps on Sides of Vehicles—Specifications

Sheriff

Required

25102.5

Lamps on Sides of School Buses—Specifications

Sheriff

Required

25106

Side, Cowl, or Fender Flaps—Specifications

Sheriff

  

25107

Cornering Lamps on Fenders

Sheriff

  

25108(a,b)

Pilot Indicator Specifications

Sheriff

  

25250

Flashing Lights Restricted Unless Otherwise Permitted

Sheriff

  

25252

Warning Lamps Required on Emergency Vehicles

Sheriff

  

25253(a)

Warning Lamps Required on Tow Cars

Sheriff

  

25300(a)

Warning Device on Disabled Vehicles Specified

Sheriff

  

25351(a–d)

Identification Lamp Specifications and Restrictions

Sheriff

  

25400(a–d)

Specifications for Use of Diffused Light

Sheriff

  

25401

Diffused Lights Resembling Signs Prohibited

Sheriff

  

25452

Glaring Acetylene Lamps Prohibited

Sheriff

  

25500(a)

Use of Reflectorizing Material Restricted

Sheriff

  

25650

Motorcycle Headlight Requirements

Sheriff

Required

25650.5

Headlight Equipment for Post-1978 Motorcycles

Sheriff

Required

25651(a,c)

Headlamp Requirements on Motor-Driven Cycles

Sheriff

Required

25803(a,b)

Lamp/Reflector Requirements—Certain Vehicles

Sheriff

Required

25803(c)

Lamp/Reflector/Flag Requirements—Load in Excess of 100-Inch Outside Width

Sheriff

Required

25805

Lamps on Forklift Trucks Required

Sheriff

Required

25950(a,b)

Color Requirements of Lights Visible to Front and Rear

Sheriff

Required

25951

Lamps Over 300 Candlepower—Restrictions

Sheriff

Required

25952(a,b)

Lamps and Reflectors Mounted on Loads Specified

Sheriff

  

26100

Sale/Use of Unapproved Vehicle Equipment Prohibited

Sheriff

  

26451(a–c)

Parking Brake Requirements Defined

Sheriff

Required

26452

Adequate Brakes After Engine Failure Required

Sheriff

Required

26453

Condition of Brakes to Be Maintained

Sheriff

Required

26454(a,b)

Control and Stopping Requirements Specified

Sheriff

Required

26457

Stopping Ability of Certain Vehicles Specified

Sheriff

Required

26458(a)

Braking System Required for Certain Vehicles/Combinations

Sheriff

Required

26502(a)

Airbrake Requirements Specified

Sheriff

Required

26503

Airbrake Safety Valve to Be Maintained in Good Condition

Sheriff

Required

26505

Pressure Gauge Required

Sheriff

Required

26506(a)

Air Pressure Warning Device Required

Sheriff

Required

26507

Check Valve Required

Sheriff

Required

26520

Vacuum Gauge Required to Be Visible and Accurate at All Times

Sheriff

Required

26521

Audible/Visible Power Brake System Warning Device Required

Sheriff

Required

26522

Check Valve Required on Vacuum-Assisted Power Brake Systems

Sheriff

Required

26700(a)

Adequate Windshield Required

Sheriff

  

26701(a–e)

Safety Glazing Material Requirements Specified

Sheriff

  

26703(a,b)

Specifications for Replacement of Safety Glazing Materials

Sheriff

  

26706(a,b)

Self-Operating Windshield Wiper Required

Sheriff

  

26707

Condition/Use of Windshield Wipers to Be Maintained

Sheriff

  

26708.5(a)

Application of Material to Windows Restricted

Sheriff

  

26709(a)

Rearview Mirrors Required/One on Left Side

Sheriff

  

26709(b)

Two Side Rearview Mirrors Required on Certain Vehicles

Sheriff

  

26710

Defective Windshield/Rear Window Glass—Correction Required Within 48 Hours of Citation Issuance

Sheriff

  

26712

Adequate Defroster Required on For-Hire Vehicles

Sheriff

  

27000(a)

Adequate Horn Required

Sheriff

  

27000(b)

Backing Alarm Required on Certain Vehicles

Sheriff

  

27150(a,b)

Adequate Muffler Required to Be Properly Maintained

Sheriff

  

27152

Exhaust Pipe Specifications

Sheriff

  

27153

Excessive Smoke, Fumes, etc., Defined

Sheriff

  

27153.5(a,b)

Motor Vehicle Exhaust Standards Specified

Sheriff

  

27154

Gases/Fumes Should Not Penetrate Cab of Vehicle

Sheriff

  

27155

Proper Fuel Tank Cap Required

Sheriff

  

27305

Safety Belts Required on Firefighting Vehicles

Sheriff

  

27315(f)

Owner to Maintain Safety Belts in Working Condition

Sheriff

  

27465(b)

Inadequate Tire Tread—Use on Highway Prohibited

Sheriff

  

27600

Fenders and Mud Guards Required

Sheriff

  

27900(a)

Identification signs (Company Name) Required on Both Sides of Vehicle (visible from 50 feet)

Sheriff

  

27901

Name and Trademark Visibility Required on For-Hire Vehicle

Sheriff

  

28071

Front and Rear Bumper Required on Passenger Vehicle

Sherifff

  

28080(a)

Audible/Visible Camper Signaling Device Required

Sheriff

  

29001

Fifth Wheel Connecting Device Required

Sheriff

  

34507

Display of Courier Identification Number Required

Sheriff

  

38020

Registration Required for Off-Highway Vehicle

court clerk/DMV

  

  

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