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Traffic & TriMet Citations

 

 Multnomah County
Central Courthouse

Customer Service Area – 2nd Floor
1200 SW 1st Avenue
Portland, OR 97204

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Multnomah County Circuit Court
PO Box 114
Portland, OR 97207

East County Courthouse

Traffic Department - Main Floor
18480 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97204

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Multnomah County Circuit Court will take credit card information by phone. The court accepts Visa, MasterCard, and Discover Card. You may also make a payment in person at Multnomah County Circuit Court using cash, check, or credit card. When you are ready to make a payment, please have the following information available:

· Full name (as listed on the court paperwork)
· Case number

If you do not have this information available, the court may still be able to help you. Click the following link to find your court's contact information.

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Multnomah County Circuit Court accepts checks by mail made payable to the STATE OF OREGON. When you are ready to make a payment, please include the following information:

  • Full name (as listed on the court paperwork)
  • Case number

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Multnomah County Circuit Court
PO Box 114
Portland, OR 97207

 

Re​quest for Review – Traffic Citation Form​


​Use the Request for Review Traffic Citation Form​ to submit documentation that you have completed what the officer told you to do to resolve your citation.  The court must be able to verify the officer’s instructions through written notes on the citation filed with the court. If there are no notes or instructions that verify what you were told, your case will be set for trial.  
  
Please note: the court does not have the authority to allow someone to take a class or grant any other remedy to earn a dismissal or discharge. If the officer did not tell you to do one of the things below and/or if the officer did not submit to the court notes indicating their instruction to you, you will need to do one of the following: plead not guilty and request a trial, pay the full amount of your fine, or see if you are eligible for a fine reduction based on your driving history. 
  
Most Common Scenarios:   ​

You were charged with: 

The officer noted that they told you to, and you are submitting proof of completion: 

Making an Illegal U-Turn 

Provide proof of completion of U-Turn 180 and/or National Traffic Safety Institute Course Level 1 and earn a dismissal, sentence of discharge or fine reduction. 

Driving a Motor Vehicle While Using a Mobile Electronic Device – First* 

Provide proof of completion of one of the approved Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) safety courses and earn a sentence of discharge.* 

Failure to Register a Vehicle 

Provide proof of current registration and earn a dismissal, sentence of discharge, or fine reduction.  

Failure to Display Registration Plates 

Provide photos of properly mounted license plates to earn a dismissal, sentence of discharge, or fine reduction. 

Failure to Properly Use Safety Belts – MV Passenger 

Provide proof of completion of Share the Road Safety Class and earn a dismissal, discharge, or fine reduction. 

Driving Uninsured 

Provide proof of financial responsibility and valid insurance coverage on the date of the incident to receive a dismissal, sentence of discharge, or fine reduction (this is not just providing a copy of your insurance card). This requires a letter from your insurance carrier validating insurance coverage on the incident date.

Failure to Carry Proof of Compliance** 

Provide proof of financial responsibility and valid insurance coverage on the date of the incident to receive a dismissal (this is not just providing a copy of your insurance card). This requires a letter from your insurance carrier validating insurance coverage on the incident date.

General “Fix-It” Ticket: taillight is out, headlight is out, etc. 

Provide photographic proof (with license plate in the photo) that the broken item has been fixed for a dismissal, sentence of discharge, or fine reduction. 

Other 

If the officer gave you instructions for some other course of action to resolve your citation, explain your situation in the comment box on the form. You must attach documentation and the court must be able to verify the officer’s instructions by reviewing the notes on the citation file with the court. 

 

* When you are charged with Driving a Motor Vehicle While Using a Mobile Electronic Devicefirst you must plead no contest to earn a sentence of discharge. In accordance with ORS 811.507 (8)(A), the officer does not need to tell you that you are eligible to take one of the approved courses to receive a sentence of discharge. A sentence of discharge will still enter a conviction on your driving record, but you will not be charged a fine. If you are submitting proof of completion of one of the approved ODOT Distracted Driving Avoidance Courses to request a sentence of discharge, than you must plead no contest.
You can plead no contest using this form by checking the no contest plea box that appears for this charge.​
 
** When you are charged with Failure to Carry Proof of Compliance, the officer does not need to instruct you to provide proof of financial responsibility for your ticket to be dismissed. The court has the authority to dismiss with your documentation. Please note: a copy of your insurance card will not be accepted. You must provide a letter or statement from your insurance carrier that indicates you had valid insurance at the time of the incident (the date and time you were cited). 
 
If you believe your citation should be dismissed and the fine waived in full but the court is unable to do so, you will need to plead not guilty and request a trial. Please submit your not guilty plea and request for trial by signing option 3 on the back of your citation and mailing to PO BOX 114, Portland, OR 97207. 


Link to online request for review case submission


Not Guilty / Request for Trial – Traffic Citation Form​​


If you have received a traffic ticket and would like to request a trial, you may use this form​ to do so. You must plead not guilty to request a trial. Once you submit your request with your not guilty plea, a court clerk will set a trial. The clerk will then mail notice to both you and the officer that issued the ticket. Please make sure you are including your current mailing address with your request.  

Link to online not guilty / Request for trial case submission





Prior to the court appearance date noted on your citation, you must complete one of the options listed on the citation. Unfortunately, you are unable to enter your plea over the phone and the appearance date noted on your citation cannot be rescheduled. Be sure to read your options carefully. If you submit incomplete information, the court will consider this missing your court appearance date.

The court must receive one of the below options prior to your court appearance date:

Option 1: Enter a plea of no contest and pay the court the amount of the presumptive fine written on the front of your citation.

Option 2: Enter a plea of no contest, send a letter of explanation, and pay the court the amount of the presumptive fine written on the front of your citation. A judge will review your letter of explanation. You will need to follow-up with the court’s Traffic Department to check the status of your case.

Option 3: Enter a plea of not guilty and request a trial. The court will give you notice of the time and place when you must appear in person.

Option 4: Trial by Declaration 

​If the cited vehicle is registered to a private individual (vs. a company), there will be a Certificate of Innocence included in your mailing. If you are submitting a certificate, you must do all of the following:

  • Submit the completed certificate,
  • Sign and date the certificate, AND
  • Include a photocopy of the front and back of your driver’s license

All information must be received by the court on or before your appearance date. By submitting all of the requirements of the certificate of innocence, you will not need to appear.

If the cited vehicle is registered to a company, there will be an Affidavit of Non-Liability included in your mailing. If you are submitting an Affidavit of Non-Liability, you must do all of the following:

  • Complete either Section 1 or Section 2
  • Complete the Declaration section

The affidavit must be received by the court on or before your appearance date. By submitting the completed affidavit, you do not need to appear.

If you have lost or are in need of a copy of your citation packet, please contact the photo radar agency at 1.800.799.7082 option 0. You will need to provide your citation number for them to send you a copy of the citation packet; which will include the certificate of innocence form.

If you submit incomplete information, your case will remain on for first appearance on the date and time on your citation.

If you wish to proceed by pleading not guilty and your identity is not an issue, Trial by Declaration is an option. However, if identity is an issue, then trial by declaration is not an option.

Please note: The court does not have a copy of the photo or letter you received notifying you of this offense. Only the complaint charging you with the offense is filed with the court. The letter and photos are sent only to the registered owner that is on file with the Division of Motor Vehicles.

​​Trials are set when the court receives your not guilty plea. The court will notify you how to appear. If you need to setover your trial date, you MUST submit your request to reschedule in writing AND the court must receive your request 14 days prior to your trial date.

​When you receive your trial notice in the mail, and you need to reschedule your trial date, you must write a letter to the court requesting your trial date to be rescheduled. You may provide dates in your request that you know will not work for you.

Mail your request to: Multnomah County Circuit Court, Attn: Criminal Calendaring, PO Box 114, Portland, OR 97207. You can also turn in your request in person by going to ​the Central Courthouse Customer Service Area on the 2nd Floor..

The request for setover must include the following:

  • your case or citation number
  • the date of your trial
  • an explanation why you need the trial date rescheduled
  • your current mailing address and phone number
  • your signature and date of request

First time reschedule requests, received by the court 14 days before your trial date, will be granted. You will receive a new trial date in the mail within 2-3 weeks of your request.

Second time reschedule requests or requests received less than 14 days before your trial date will be reviewed by a judge. To check on whether or not your trial date has been rescheduled, please call High Volume Case Processing (See link to ​for phone number)


What if my trial date was not rescheduled?

If you cannot make your scheduled trial date, you may submit a completed “Trial by Declaration” allowing you to appear in writing. Instructions are included within the packet.​

​Once you have missed your court date, a default judgment is entered against you for the full amount noted on your citation. Please note, additional fees and assessments may be imposed. The court will also notify the Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division (DMV) suspending your privileges to drive.

The traffic department staff cannot accept your plea once you have missed your court date. Warrants are not issued on violations, only on traffic crimes. Your options after you missed your court date are the following:

Pay Your Citation

Set Aside the Default Judgment

If you respond after your appearance date and wish to reopen your citation, you must request that the default judgment against you be set aside and explain why you did not appear (SLR 16.195) by filling out the Motion for Relief from Default Judgment.

The court does not offer traffic classes. If you have been directed by an officer to attend a class, contact the agency that cited you for more information. Once you have successfully completed the class, you will be given a certificate of completion. You must appear, with the certificate, on or before the time and date of appearance indicated on the front of your citation.

​Once a judge has heard your case and the court has entered a judgment on your traffic citation, if you wish to appeal the judge's decision, you will need to file a notice of appeal in the Court of Appeals. 

For more information, procedures and forms for filing an appeal see Information on Filing a Notice of Appeal​.

After July 1, 2018, if you receive a citation for not having valid TriMet fare, you should visit the Resolve Your TriMet Fare Citation page to review the options for resolving your citation.

If you do not resolve your citation with TriMet within 90 days or were cited for something other than fare violation, TriMet will file your citation with the court. The court will not have any information about your citation until TriMet files the citation with the court.

Once your citation is filed with the court:
The court must receive one of the options below prior to your court appearance date:

Option 1: Enter a plea of no contest and pay the court the amount of the presumptive fine written on the front of your citation.

Option 2: Enter a plea of no contest, send a letter of explanation, and pay the court the amount of the presumptive fine written on the front of your citation. A judge will review your letter of explanation. You can call ​or email to check the status of your case.

Option 3: Enter a plea of not guilty and request a trial. The court will give you notice of the time and place when you must appear in person.

Option 4: Trial by Declaration 

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