I Can't Pay My Ticket Right Now

If you are unable to pay your ticket in full by its due date, please call (206) 684-5600 and press 0 to speak to a representative for help. 

Payment Plans and Community Service Plans

You can request to set up a payment plan with a minimum monthly payment of $50 for up to two years. If your income is below federal poverty guidelines, you may be eligible for a monthly payment as low as $25, or setup a community service plan to volunteer at an approved service agency instead of paying.

A $4 administrative fee is added to any payment plan that includes non-criminal obligations. (E.g. traffic/non-traffic/parking/traffic camera citations).

To qualify for lower monthly payments of $25 or to volunteer at a community service agency instead of paying the fine, proof of public assistance is required. Community service hours are credited at a rate equal to Seattle's minimum wage.

Examples of proof of government financial assistance:

  • Social Security Disability Income (SSDI)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Apple Health (Medicaid)
  • Refugee Assistance
  • General Assistance Unemployable (GAU)
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
  • WIC Nutrition
  • Pregnant Women Assistance
  • Basic Food (award notice required - EBT cards are not accepted)

If you have questions or need help applying, call customer service at (206) 684-5600.

Seattle Ticket Debt Reduction Hearings

If you are low-income and have debt from overdue parking, traffic, or camera infraction tickets in Seattle Municipal Court that you can't afford to pay, you can sign up for a Ticket Debt Reduction Hearing

Community Resources for People with Unpaid Tickets or Other Legal Debt

In addition to our payment plan and community service plan options, the third-party websites below have information to help you address legal debt with Seattle Municipal Court and other Washington courts. We hope these resources are helpful for people with unpaid legal debt, but please note that Seattle Municipal Court does not give legal advice and does not endorse the information given on these third-party sites.

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Address: 600 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO BOX 34987, Seattle, WA, 98124-4987
Phone: (206) 684-5600

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