Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register?

The registration must be done in person - to register you need:

  • The court referral paperwork
  • Photo ID
  • One-time registration fee (Cash, Visa, MasterCard or Money Order)
  Hours Fee  
  1-20 hours $40  
  21-50 hours $45  
  51-100 hours $55  
  101-300 hours $60  
  301-500 hours $85  
  501 or more hours $100  

What form of photo ID can I take?

A Driver’s License, Passport, School ID, photo identification (i.e., Out-of-State IDs, "matricula consular") that has the same name as the court paper.

Would you take an expired photo ID?

Yes, as long as it expired within five years.

Do I need an appointment?

You do not need an appointment. We work on a walk-in basis only.  Our offices are open Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:00pm. (Click here for a list of our offices.)

May I register with a past due date?

No, you will need to report back to the court to obtain an extension. Once you obtain the extension, follow the registration procedures.

May I have a family member or friend register on my behalf?

No, you must appear in person if you are over the age of 18. However, if you are under the age of 18, you must bring a parent or guardian with you.

I have a place in mind, can I go to that location?

You will be referred to an organization that is approved within the program. There is no guarantee that we can send you to your requested organization.

I have not registered with your Volunteer Center, how can I get an extension?

You will have to report back to the court and request an extension. Once you obtain the extension, follow the registration procedures.

I already registered with your Volunteer Center, how can I get an extension?

You will have to return to our office with the original time sheet. You will be given a continuance letter to present to the court. The court will determine if you are eligible for an extension.

I was granted an extension, what is my next step?

You must bring proof of the new court date to the Volunteer Center (in writing from the court). You must bring the proof within two weeks of your due date listed on the time sheet or the last due date filed with the Volunteer Center. If you fail to do so, you will be charged a fee.

May I register if I do not have my court paper?

No, you will need to go back to the court clerk’s office and request a copy of your court paper.

I completed my hours, what is the next step?

If you completed the hours, return to the Volunteer Center. We will process the final paperwork for the court. You must bring the original time sheet with you.

I need to be re-assigned to a new location, what is the next step?

You must report to the Volunteer Center. You must bring your time sheet, photo ID, and there will be a fee for the re-assignment.

I am having difficulty performing my service, what do I do?

Please contact the Volunteer Center immediately.

May I transfer my community service to another LA County Area or Out-of-County?

Yes, you will have to officially transfer your community service to another approved LA County Office. Please contact the Volunteer Center near you to obtain further information. (Click here for a list of our offices.)

What is the HAM Program?

You will attend the Hospital session for 8-hours and the Morgue for 4-hours. The sessions will be on two different dates. The waiting period can range from 3-6 months. It is recommended for you to register as soon as possible. (Click here for more information on the program.)

What is the MADD-VIP Program?

You will attend the MADD-VIP session for 3-hours. The waiting period can range from 1-2 months. It is recommended for you to register as soon as possible. (Click here for more information on the program.)