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Under Arizona law, photo citations
issued by municipalities carry license points. Although private vendors may send citations through regular mail, motorists are under no obligation to send payment unless they receive personal service. See: TONNER v. PARADISE VALLEY MAGISTRATE'S COURT, 171 Ariz. 449; 831 P.2d 448 (AZ App. 1992).
However, there are some cities in AZ, such as Scottsdale, where the courts allow process servers to apply for "alternative service" such as leaving the notice at the residence and the courts have yet to dismiss the citations for improper service.
If you do not receive personal service and only mail service, you can ignore the notice, but you risk having it sent to civil collections and then have to fight it later on the lack of personal service and also you risk that some unscrupulous process server they employ will lie about making such service or applying for the alternative service.
The red light ticket has 90 days to be prosecuted and after that time they cannot prosecute as it is beyond the statute of limitations. Thus if you receive any notice after 90 days you can file a motion to dismiss based on the statute of limitations.
I am afraid though that these tickets are still a mess and controversial in AZ, because the cities are still pursuing collections in civil collection actions and it still forces people to get a lawyer to go to court to argue the service and seek the dismissal.
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