Ticket Response Options

I received a ticket - now what?

The Seattle Police Department issues the following civil infractions:

  • Parking tickets
  • Traffic tickets
  • Non-traffic tickets
  • Red light camera tickets
  • School zone camera tickets

You must respond by the due date on the ticket with one of the below options:

  1. If you agree that you committed the infraction, pay the fine. If you cannot pay the full amount, request a payment plan by calling (206) 684-5600.

  2. If you agree that you committed the infraction but want to explain your situation, request a mitigation hearing with a Magistrate. You have the option to appear in person or in writing. Request a hearing by completing the back of your ticket and mailing it to the court, dropping it off at the court, or call (206) 684-5600. Once the Magistrate makes a decision, the decision is final and you will not be able to appeal.
  3. If you deny that you committed the infraction, request a contested hearing. Request a hearing by completing the back of your ticket and mailing it to the court, dropping it off at the court, or call (206) 684-5600. If you request a contested hearing, the court will schedule you for a pre-hearing settlement conference. The pre-hearing settlement conference is an opportunity to reach a resolution without the formality and expense of a hearing. You may skip the pre-hearing settlement conference and proceed directly to trial by completing the waiver form sent to you with your pre-hearing conference notice. You may also contest your ticket in writing instead of appearing in person. However, if you contest in writing, you will not have the option to appeal the judge's ruling. A decision by written statement is final.

What if I don't respond to the ticket?

  • The court will add a late fee to your original ticket amount.
  • You lose your right to a hearing.
  • The court may send your ticket to collections.
  • If you have overdue parking tickets, the court may place a hold on your vehicle registration (car tabs) through the Department of Licensing. This means that you cannot renew your tabs until you take care of the tickets.
  • If you have four or more overdue parking tickets the Seattle Police Department can boot, tow and impound your vehicle.
  • Overdue traffic tickets may result in a suspended driver's license. Driving with a suspended license is a crime.

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