On this page you will learn where to go and what to do to handle your traffic ticket at the Los Angeles Metropolitan Courthouse.
Los Angeles Metropolitan Courthouse
1945 South Hill Street, Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Metropolitan Court is also known as the Metropolitan Courthouse or Metro Court or Los Angeles Traffic Court.
The LA Metropolitan Courthouse is a huge 8 story building that only handles traffic tickets and traffic violations such as Hit and Runs VC 20002, Suspended Licenses VC 14601.1 and DUI’s. On the busiest days, thousands of people enter this courthouse.
Your court location – check your traffic ticket
Most people who get a traffic ticket in the metropolitan Los Angeles area (not West LA or the San Fernando Valley), have to go to the Los Angeles Metropolitan Court.
The court name and address is marked on the bottom of your traffic ticket. You can check the court location and status of your traffic ticket online.
Waiting in line
Telephone Service: Unfortunately due to budget cuts, traffic ticket customer phone service has been cut, forcing many people to go to the Metropolitan Courthouse in person, resulting in huge lines that can keep you waiting for hours.
Metropolitan Courthouse – address
|Address:||Los Angeles Metropolitan Courthouse|
1945 South Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
|Telephone:||(213) 742-1884 (See note above re telephone service)|
|Hours of Operation:||The courthouse is open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, except court holidays.|
|Link:||Los Angeles Metropolitan Courthouse info – with map, parking information, office directory and phone numbers.|
|Directions:||The cross street is Washington Blvd.|
The courthouse is very close to the Los Angeles Trade Technical College and the LA Mart.
It is south of the 10 freeway and east of the 110 freeway.Warning: Do NOT go to the courthouse located at 111 North Hill St. Los Angeles, CA 90012 which is on the corner of Hill St. and W 1st Street, because this courthouse does not handle traffic tickets.
Where to go once you are inside the Metropolitan Courthouse
First line – metal detector line
You first have to wait in a long line to go through the metal detectors.
Traffic Ticket Clerk
After getting through the metal detector line you now have to wait in another long line to see a traffic ticket clerk at one of the windows. Once you finally see the traffic ticket clerk, you will probably be given a court date at least 6 months later where you will have to come back all over again just to see a judge.
GC Services Court Window
At the GC Services window, if you have a Failure To Appear (FTA), you can request a court date to see a judge, unless you have already appeared before a judge. If you have a Failure To Pay (FTP) / Matter Set For Compliance, you cannot get another court date to see a judge, and in our opinion your only option is to pay the fine to get your license back.
DMV Abstract for FTA & suspended license
The GC Services window cannot give you a DMV Abstract to clear up your license. Only the traffic ticket clerk can help you obtain a DMV abstract to clear up your Failure To Appear (FTA) and suspended license. A DMV Abstract costs $10 and it is electronically sent to the DMV clearing up your license usually within 24 hours of purchase.
Call us for a free legal consultation.