Form TR-205, Request for Trial by Written Declaration, is a California State document to request a defendant to challenge traffic infraction citations, or a violation of a local ordinance adopted under the Vehicle Code, in writing, without having to appear in person at court. You can request this "trial by written declaration" unless you were issued a ticket for an offense involving alcohol or drugs or the violation requires a mandatory appearance in court. Additional eligibility requirements include:
By submitting a TR-205 Form, you are waiving and giving up the rights to remain silent and not incriminate yourself, and the right to a public and speedy trial.
Form TR-205 was released by the California Courts, the judicial branch of California. The latest version of the form was issued in January 1999. A fillable Form TR-205 is available below.