Respond to my Ticket

 

You have several options on how to respond to your ticket. Whichever way you choose, you must respond to the court within fifteen (15) days of the date you received the infraction. Failure to respond can result in an increase of the amount you must pay and in the suspension of your driver's license.

Read your entire ticket before responding. Click each option below to better understand the options before making your decision.

For general information about traffic tickets, click here.

  Pay my Ticket

You may choose to pay the fine in full or request a payment plan. You do not need to come to court to do this. By paying, you admit to having committed the infraction. If it is a driving offense, it will be reported to the Department of Licensing and it will appear on your driving record. Click here for information on how to pay your fine.

  Request a Deferral

A deferral is an opportunity to have your ticket dismissed and not reported to the Department of Licensing. You must submit your request for a deferral within fifteen (15) days of the date you received the infraction.

Click here to read the FAQ regarding deferrals.

You do not have to come to court to defer your ticket.

You may qualify for a deferral if:

  • You have not had a deferral within the last seven years.
  • You do not have a commercial driver's license (CDL) in any state.
  • The infraction is not for:
    • passing a school bus
    • speeding in a construction zone
    • any infraction where a fatality occurred
  • If the infraction is for operating a motor vehicle without insurance, you can show proof of insurance when you request the deferral

Conditions of a deferral

  • You must pay a $150 administrative fee within 90 days.
    • You must pay an additional $70 for each additional charge listed on your traffic ticket.
  • You must not commit any new traffic infractions for six (6) months.

If you meet both conditions, your ticket will be dismissed and it will not be reported to the Department of Licensing.

If you do not comply with both conditions, a committed finding will be entered for your infraction and this will be reported to the Department of Licensing. In addition, a $52.00 penalty may be assessed for failure to pay the administrative fee. A failure to respond may be ordered and notification sent to the Department of Licensing to begin processing a suspension for your driver's license. There are no exceptions to this policy.

Requesting a deferral

To request a deferral, please click the button below. Complete the form, then email it to DC_eRequests@co.thurston.wa.us

Request a Deferral

You may also request a deferral by completing the Request to Defer Traffic Infraction form, printing it, and mailing it to the address below. If you do not have access to a printer, you may come to the courthouse to complete the form.

Mail completed forms to:

Thurston County District Court
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW Bldg. 3
Olympia, WA 98502

  Request a Mitigation Hearing

A mitigation hearing is a hearing for you to admit to the violation, but explain the circumstances to the judge to request a reduction of the amount of your fine. After hearing your case the judge may (or may not) reduce the penalty. Mitigated traffic infractions will be reported to the Department of Licensing and will appear on your driving record.  You must submit your request for a mitigation hearing within fifteen (15) days of the date you receive the infraction.

You do not have to come to court to mitigate your ticket.

You also do not have to come to court to request a payment plan or to perform community service instead of paying a fine. If you would like either of these, include that request in the e-Mitigation form or the letter you write to the court.


Electronic Mitigation (e-Mitigation)

An e-mitigation allows to you complete an online form and email it to the court, explaining the circumstances of your violation. The judge will review the request and make a decision on your case. You will receive your response at the email address you provide on the form. To request an e-mitigation hearing, please click the button below. Complete the form, then email it to DC_eRequests@co.thurston.wa.us.

Request an e-Mitigation


Mitigation by Mail

You may also request a mitigation hearing by mail. If you choose this option, then within fifteen (15) days from the date you received your ticket, you must check the “Mitigation Hearing” block on your copy of the ticket, write a letter to the court explaining the circumstances of your violation, and mail your copy of the ticket and the letter to the address shown below. A judge will review the request and make a decision on your case. You will receive your response by mail at the address you provide on the ticket.

Mail the letter and your copy of the ticket to:

Thurston County District Court
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW Bldg. 3
Olympia, WA 98502


Mitigation Hearing at the Courthouse

To have your hearing at the courthouse in front of a judge, then within fifteen (15) days from the date that you received your citation, you must check the “Mitigation Hearing” block on the copy of your ticket and mail that copy to the address shown below. Within two weeks, you should receive a hearing notice with the date and time of your hearing. The notice will be mailed to the address you provide on your copy of the ticket. The hearing will be held at

Thurston County District Court
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW
Building 3
Olympia, WA 98502

  Request a Contested Hearing

A contested hearing is a hearing you request if you do not believe you committed the infraction and want to explain your case to the judge. If you are requesting a contested hearing, you must appear in person at the court at the date and time specified. There are no exceptions to this policy.

Before submitting a request for a contested hearing, review all the options above for responding to your ticket, including the deferral information. Be advised, once an infraction has been contested, your ability to request a deferral is no longer available.


Electronic Request for Contested Hearing

To electronically submit your request for an in-person contested hearing, please click the button below. Complete the form, then email it to DC_eRequests@co.thurston.wa.us. Within two weeks, the court will mail the notice to the address you provide on the form.

Request a Contested Hearing


Request a Contested Hearing by Mail

You may also request a contested hearing by mail. If you choose this option, then within fifteen (15) days from the date you received your ticket, you must check the “Contested Hearing” block on your copy of the ticket and mail it to the address shown below. Within two weeks, you will receive a hearing notice with the date and time of your hearing. The notice will be mailed to the address you provide on the ticket.

Mail your completed copy of the ticket to:

Thurston County District Court
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW Bldg. 3
Olympia, WA 98502