Typical Speeding Ticket Fines in California

Here are some of the typical speeding ticket fines in California and how they add up.

California traffic ticket fines for speeding (as established in California Vehicle Code Section 22350) can result in high fines as well as having a serious impact on your insurance premiums. 

Initial Speeding Ticket

California speeding tickets are broken into three categories.  Each category means that you will pay a specific flat amount for your speeding fine.  They are:

  • 1 to 15 miles per hour over speed limit - Base fine: $35.00
  • 16 to 25 miles per hour over speed limit - Base fine: $70.00
  • 26 miles or more per hour over the speed limit - Base fine $100.00

Unfortunately, the fines do not end here, or perhaps most drivers would simply pay the fine. California speeding tickets accumulate additional fees for the county as well as the state, turning a $35.00 fine into a fine of $335.00.  Here is a look at the added fees:

Additional Fees 

If you are stopped for speeding, in addition to the base fine the driver will be subject to additional fees that may include:

  • State Penalty Assessment $100.00
  • County Penalty Assessment $70.00
  • DNA Penalty Assessment $50.00
  • Court Facility Construction Penalty Assessment $50.00
  • 20% Surcharge (allowed on all tickets) $20.00
  • EMS Surcharge $8.00

For example, drivers who are stopped for speeding and are assessed these additional fees on a 1-15 MPH over limit charge will have accrued $298.00 on a ticket that was originally for $35.00.  Additional fees may be added on by the courts as well and other speeding violations may incur additional fees and penalties.

(Read more about how traffic ticket fines are calculated in California.)


In addition to these fines, additional points may be added on to a license resulting in higher insurance premiums.  If you are stopped for speeding in California, you should consider consulting with a California attorney who is familiar with the California speeding laws.

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