The Court is committed to helping people keep or regain their driver's licenses, which are often essential for finding and maintaining employment. Typically, Court staff can recall from collections any unpaid City of Seattle tickets that are suspending your license, eliminating collections fees and interest and possibly making you eligible for a time payment plan or community service plan with the Court.

Contact the court to learn about your relicensing options. It is best to visit the court in person and speak with a customer service representative at windows 12-15 in the first floor lobby. Court staff will review your financial situation and establish a monthly time payment agreement. If you are receiving or eligible for government financial assistance, you may be able to volunteer at a community service agency (shelter, food bank, etc) instead of paying. The court will notify the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) to update the status of the tickets so you may get your driver's license restored. (You may also have to pay a Reissue Fee to DOL.)

Unified Payment (UP) Program

If you have unpaid traffic fines in more than one jurisdiction in King County, you can combine the fines into a single payment agreement. This program lifts the hold on a driver's license with Washington State Department of Licensing.

How the UP Program works:

  1. Contact a court where you have fines to receive the documentation needed to complete the online application.
  2. Submit an online application:
  3. The payment agency will work with you to set a realistic payment plan, as low as $25.00 per month. Your payment includes a $7.00 monthly program fee.
  4. When the payment agency receives your first payment, they notify participating courts. The courts will notify the Washington State Department of Licensing that the hold can be removed from your driver's license.

Applying for the UP Program:

Visit, or Seattle Municipal Court.