Traffic Infractions

How to respond

You must respond to the infraction within 15 days of the date of violation. You must respond in writing. Untimely hearing requests will not be processed and the risk the imposition of a statutory failure to respond fee.

Pay my Infraction

If you wish to pay the infraction, pay online or mail the infraction along with your payment (check or money order) made payable to:
SCDC
3000 Rockefeller Ave. M/S 508
Everett, WA 98201

If you would like a payment plan fill out a Signal Payment Plan and forward a copy to the Court at the above address.

Other Options

Alive at 25 Program

If you were under 25 years of age at the time you were cited with your infraction(s), you may request permission from the judge to attend a four-hour in-person interactive class designed for young drivers in exchange for a dismissal of your infraction(s) upon completion. Information about the class is available at www.sdc.coursestorm.com. If the judge grants permission, you will be required to pay $136 to register for the class and you must provide proof of a valid driver’s license and insurance at the time you attend. Request permission for this option by completing the reverse side of this form; the court must receive it by fax or mail at least 5 business days prior to your scheduled court date.

Deferred Finding

A deferred finding results in a dismissal of the traffic infraction. You are eligible for a deferred finding for one moving and one non-moving infraction within a seven-year period so long as you do not hold a commercial driver's license (CDL) and you were not operating a commercial motor vehicle at the time of the violation. The judge will decide whether to grant you a deferred finding. If granted, you will be required to pay an administrative fee of $136 within 30 days (no exceptions), and your infraction(s) will be dismissed upon payment. Request a deferred finding by completing the reverse side of this form; the court must receive it by fax or mail at least 5 business days prior to your scheduled court date.

Contested Hearing

If you believe you did not commit the infraction, you may request a hearing and appear in person or submit a Written Statement. At the hearing, the State/City must prove by a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not) that you committed the infraction. You may require witnesses, including the officer, who issued the notice, to appear at this hearing. The Court will notify you in writing of the hearing date and how to request that witnesses be present.

Mitigation Hearing

If you agree that you committed the infraction but would like to explain the circumstances, the Court will notify you in writing of the hearing date or you may appear in person or submit a Written Statement. You may not require witnesses to appear at the hearing, but they may attend voluntarily.

Fail to Respond, Appear, or Pay

If you failed to respond to the infraction, failed to appear for your hearing, or failed to pay your penalty, the court will enter an order finding the infraction committed. An additional $52 penalty will be imposed and the Department of Licensing will be notified. In most cases your driver's license will be suspended and the matter will be referred to a licensed collection agency.

To clear this matter and avoid assignment to collection, you need to pay the original penalty plus the $52 late penalty.

Discovery Requests

Requests for discovery must be made to the county or city Prosecuting Attorney's Office. Find contact information.

Infraction Identity Challenges

Please visit the division of District Court where the infraction is filed for information regarding scheduling an identification hearing (PDF).