Suspended License or Vehicle Tabs

Suspended Driver's License For Unpaid Tickets

The Department of Licensing (DOL) can suspend your driver's license for unpaid traffic tickets for moving violations. Your license will stay suspended until you pay the fines in full or set up a payment plan. Once you do, the court will notify DOL. Then, you will need to work with DOL directly to reinstate your license.

How Can I Get My License Back?

  1. Pay your tickets in full or request a payment plan from the collection agency, or contact the Court to learn about Relicensing options.
  2. The Court will notify DOL to clear our hold on your license.
  3. DOL will update your driving record to show your license no longer has a Seattle Municipal Court hold on it. If this is the only hold on your license, DOL can remove your suspension.
  4. Seattle Municipal Court can only release holds for City of Seattle tickets. If you have unpaid tickets from other courts, you must contact them.
  5. If you have unpaid tickets from other courts in King County, you may be eligible for the King County Unified Payment (UP) Program.
  6. You will need to apply for a new license through DOL and pay applicable fees.

For more information, visit the Washington State DOL website or email customercare@dol.wa.gov

Why Do I Have a Hold on My Vehicle Registration (Tabs)?

According to Washington State Law, you may not renew your vehicle registration if your vehicle has unpaid parking or traffic camera tickets. (A vehicle must have at least two unpaid tickets before a Court may report them to DOL.) Any DOL office can provide you with a list of tickets that are holding your registration.

How Do I Remove a Hold on My Vehicle Registration (Tabs)?

  1. Pay your tickets in full to the Court's collection agency.
  2. The Court will notify DOL to clear our hold on your registration.
  3. DOL will update your vehicle record to show your vehicle no longer has a Seattle Municipal Court hold. This may take 4-5 days after payment in full. If you need to get your tabs sooner, contact the Court at 206.684.5600 after you pay the collection agency.
  4. If this is the only hold on your tabs, DOL can remove your hold.
  5. Seattle Municipal Court can only release City of Seattle parking and traffic camera ticket holds. You will need to also contact any other municipal or district courts where you have unpaid tickets.
  6. You will need to apply for new tabs through DOL and pay applicable fees.

Questions?

(206) 684-5600