The mission of the Novato Police Department is to provide a safe and secure environment through professional and proactive law enforcement in partnership with the community.
The Novato Police Department embraces the challenge of change and builds community trust while continually enhancing the safety, environment, quality of life and economic vitality of Novato's diverse communities and neighborhoods.
Can I file a police report online?
Yes you can. Please go to the City of Novato website to File a Police Report.
This system is used to report:
• non-violent property crimes
• that occurred within the Novato city limits
o In some cases the Novato Police Department will allow you to report incidents from
other jurisdictions. Please call 415-897-4361 to determine if you can report an incident
from outside Novato’s jurisdiction
• with no known suspects
• where the value lost is less than $1,000.00
Can I request a vacation check on my residence?No. The Novato Police Department does not patrol individual residences for the sole purpose of vacation checks. If a citizen has a request for an extra patrol due to a specific problem, they may contact the Novato Police Department and provide us with the details and request an extra patrol.
I received a traffic citation, what do I do? How can I contest the citation?
For all violations, your court date, time and location are on the front of the notice to appear. You will receive a courtesy notice in the mail from the courts. In all infraction cases you must do one or more of the following for each violation:
• Pay the fine (bail)
• Appear in court
• Contest the violation
• Correct the violation (when applicable**)
• Request traffic school (when applicable**)
• Request trial by written declaration
If you DO NOT contest the violation:
• Pay the bail amount. Refer to the courtesy notice for instructions. You will not have to appear in court. You will be convicted of the violation, and it will appear on your driving record at DMV. A point may be charged to your DMV record and your insurance may be adversely affected.
• Traffic school. You may be able to avoid the point count by completing traffic school. You must pay the bail amount, and you may have to pay other fees. After you attend traffic school the violation will be dismissed and the point count will not be added to your DMV record. Refer to the courtesy notice for instructions.
To contest the violation:
• Court trial. You may either, send a certified or registered letter, go on-line or go to the Marin County Traffic Court in person before the appearance date to request a future court trial date. You will be required to submit the bail amount.
• Trial by written declaration. Send a registered letter or go to the court before the appearance date to request a trail by written declaration. Submit the bail amount. You will be given forms to allow you to write a statement and to submit other evidence without appearing in court. The Officer will also submit a written statement. The judicial officer will consider the evidence and decide the case.
For more information contact the clerk of the court at:
Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94901