I Can't Pay My Ticket Right Now

If you are unable to pay your ticket in full at this time, the court will work with you to setup 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 to volunteer at a community service agency instead of paying. See below for additional information on options for low income individuals.

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

The court is accepting online applications for payment and community service plans. Click below to apply.

Options for Low Income Individuals

If you are on government financial assistance, you may qualify for a lower monthly payment of $25 or you may ask to work at a community service agency instead of paying the fine. Community service hours are credited at a rate equal to Seattle's minimum wage. Proof of public assistance is required.

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)

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.

For more help, please call our customer service team at (206) 684-5600.

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