Records Request: 574-1811
THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HERE IS INTENDED TO ADDRESS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS. IT IS NOT COMPREHENSIVE AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. THOSE IN NEED OF LEGAL ADVICE SHOULD CONSULT AN ATTORNEY.
If you are eligible, the Court may defer a finding on your infraction. This means the infraction does not appear on a Department of Licensing record. You may only receive one deferral for a moving violation and one deferral for a Non-Moving Violation every seven years. To apply for a deferral you must meet the following criteria:
- You must have responded to your traffic ticket within 15 days of the violation date.
- You have not received a deferral or deferred finding in the past seven years from any Court in the State of Washington, moving or non-moving.
- You do not posses a Commercial Drivers License (CDL).
- The charge that you are requesting to be deferred is not one of the following:
- No Insurance
- Speeding in a school zone
- Speeding in a construction zone
- Passing a stopped school bus
- Child restraint violations
Please remember that even if you have met the above listed criteria, approval is a discretionary decision made by the Judge.
If your infraction is deferred the conditions of your deferral may be but are not limited to, the following:
- Pay an administrative fee of $150 per deferred charge.
- You do not commit any traffic infractions or criminal traffic offenses during the one year period.
If you comply with all of the conditions imposed by the Court, the charge that has been deferred will be dismissed and the Court will not report the charge to the Department of Licensing. If you fail to comply with any of the conditions imposed by the Court the following will occur:
- The charge will be found committed and the Department of Licensing will be notified.
- Any administrative fees that have been paid towards the deferral will be forfeited and the full amount of the original fine will be imposed.