This is an in interesting question as there are some jurisdictions that may charge more or less than the standard $500, so it pays to ask, "how much is a red light ticket in California?" As noted, the typical red light ticket is $500. You will receive it because of camera systems that record your car and license plate, plus the time and date of the infraction. There is some question right now, about the future direction of the fine, but until the legislature makes up its mind, it is $500. There is also some rumor that the anti-fee forces may try to force it back with another of their petition drives.