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Court Collections Reduction Event FAQs

The Collection Reduction Program will be offered beginning May 1 and will run through the month of June.

To help you understand the program, here is a list of FAQs related to the event:

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What is a Collection Reduction Program?

Seattle Municipal Court will offer, for 60 days, a way for citizens to pay obligations owed to the court at a reduced cost. During this 60-day period, defendants who elect to participate can pay their delinquent accounts directly to the Seattle Municipal Court rather than to the Collection Agency.

Only people who pay the entire amount of the obligation owing to the Court are eligible for this program.

Once an obligation has been paid-in-full it will be removed from collection activity and all collection fees and accrued interest will be waived.

Why is the Court having this program?

The purpose of the Collections Reduction Program is to enable persons to pay off obligations they owe to Seattle Municipal Court. The benefits of this program are:

  1. To enable citizens to become re-licensed where the outstanding obligations are currently preventing citizens from obtaining drivers licenses,
  2. and Will allow citizens to pay obligations to avoid collection activity that can be detrimental to a persons economic situation.

How often does the Court offer a program like this?

In our 18 year history of collecting delinquent accounts through a collection agency, Seattle Municipal Court has only offered a program similar to this twice. We encourage citizens to take advantage of this opportunity, as this program may not be offered again.

What types of accounts are eligible for the reduction program?

All obligations owed to the Court that are not in Garnishment status are eligible to be recalled from collections for payment-in-full.

How do I know how much I owe to the Court?

You can call the Court at (206) 684-5600 and personnel will be available to assist you.

How will taking care of my delinquent account with the Court benefit me?

Resolving your delinquent accounts with the Court can benefit you in many ways. First, paying your delinquent account during the reduction period is an opportunity to pay your account at a sizable reduction.

Example 1: Lets say that you had $60.00 that was delinquent to the Court and was then referred to collections is February 2006. This obligation to the Court now has an additional $24.40 in collection fees and $25.33 in accrued interest. During this reduction period the Court will remove these additional fees totaling $49.73 leaving you with $60.00 to be paid to the Court.

Example 2: If you had a delinquent account in May 2007 for $855.00 that was sent to collections and no payments had been made, it has now grown to $1,278.20. By paying this account in full during the collection reduction period, you would save $423.20 by paying the reduced amount of $855.00.

Delinquent Accounts can negatively affect:

  1. Your credit rating
  2. Drivers license status
  3. Your ability to renew your license tabs

How will taking care of my delinquent account with the Court benefit me?

Seattle Municipal Court offers numerous ways for you to make your payments.

  • You can come to the Court itself, located at 600 5th Ave. in the Seattle Justice Center. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm.
  • You can call our phone center at (206) 684-5600
  • You can mail your payment-in-full to:
        Seattle Municipal Court
        P.O. Box 34987
        Seattle, WA 98124-4987
        Attn: Collection Reduction Program

What form of payments will you accept:

Seattle Municipal Court will accept the following forms of payment:

  • Cash
  • Credit/Debit card (Visa & Master Card)
  • Personal Check
  • Money Order
  • Cashiers Check
  • Travelers Check

Can I make my payment via the internet?

Yes but you must first call the courts phone center at (206) 684-5600 to find out the amount of your reduced debt.

Can someone other than the registered owner or defendant pay fine and tickets?

Yes. Family members, friends, etc. can pay on your behalf.

How long will it take to get the hold on my car tabs cleared?

An adjudication form will be given to you upon payment. This adjudication form will then need to be taken to the Department of Licensing.

How long will it take to clear a hold on my drivers license?

Holds on your drivers license will be cleared immediately upon payment of your debt. You may then need to go to the Department of Licensing to have your license reissued.

I cant pay my balance in full, what should I do?

If you cant pay your account in full, we suggest that you contact Alliance One, Inc to make payment arrangements at 1-800-456-8838

Can I do Community Service or set up a payment plan to settle my delinquent debt to the Court?

Only obligations that are paid-in-full are eligible for this reduction program.

I already have a monthly payment plan with Alliance One, Inc. for my delinquent Court obligations. What should I do?

If you want to take advantage of the Courts Collections Reduction Program, contact the Court to pay your balance in full. We will remove the debt from the collection agency and reduce any remaining collection fees and accrued interest.

If I make a payment will I get my drivers license back?

Only if payment-in-full is made and the obligation paid for is the only matter holding your license.

Will the city continue to tow cars on the Scofflaw list?

Yes. Vehicles with 4 or more unpaid parking tickets, in collections, are on the Citys Scofflaw list. Vehicles will continue to be towed until these tickets have been paid and cleared.

What happens if I dont make any payments toward my delinquent obligations at the Court?

All accounts currently placed with the collection agency that are not paid-in-full during the reduction program will remain with the collection agency. Failure to pay delinquent accounts can also result in additional fees owed, a negative credit rating, potential wage garnishment, license suspension or inability to renew your license tabs.

What do I do if I have more questions?

You may contact the Court and speak to our personnel at (206) 684-5600. Someone will be available to assist you, Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm.

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