You MUST respond to your ticket within 15 days.
Always follow the instructions on your ticket.
Here are ways you can respond to the ticket you have recieved:
Click here for information on scheduling a hearing.
If you are unable to pay a ticket or fine in full, you may request a time payment plan from the Financial Compliance staff at the first floor counter. A $10 administration fee will be added and included in the plan. Minimum monthly payments are $50 unless you are receiving government financial assistance, in which case you may be eligible for lower monthly payments or to work at a local charitable organization instead of paying. Contact the Court at 206.684.5600 for more information.
You can request a MITIGATION HEARING, where you admit you have committed the infraction, but want to explain the circumstances. You cannot appeal the judge’s decision after your hearing. You may submit a written statement (adjudication by mail) instead of appearing in person at your hearing.
Online and Phone payments accept Visa and Mastercharge only.
Service Centers do not accept credit/debit cards.
You may make a payment:
- Make a payment online.
- Make a payment over the phone. Call 206-233-7000.
- Pay in person at the Courthouse or a Neighborhood Service Center. Click here for Neighborhood locations.
- Mail in your payment to
Seattle Municipal Court
PO BOX C-34109
Seattle, Wa 98124-1109
You may also request a CONTESTED HEARING, where you deny that you committed the infraction. If you request a contested hearing, the Court will schedule you for a pre-hearing settlement conference. The goal of the pre-hearing conference is to reach a resolution without the formality and expense of a contested hearing (trial). You may skip the pre-hearing conference and proceed directly to trial, by completing the waiver form that will be sent to you with your pre-hearing conference notice. You may submit a written statement (adjudication by mail) instead of appearing at your contested pre-hearing conference; however, you cannot appeal the judge’s ruling if you do so.