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Payments FAQ

The following information applies to criminal cases, traffic, or parking citation payments to the court. Before you make a payment on a Traffic or Parking citation, please review all of your options by visiting the Traffic or Parking web page.
 
If the court ordered you to pay fines/fees, they are due on the day of sentencing. If you are unable to pay the balance in full within 30 days from sentencing, the court may allow you to set up a payment plan.
 
If you are unable to pay in full within 30 days, or have not set up a payment plan, you will accrue additional fees added to your court debt. You also face the possibility of having your driver’s license sanctioned or having your court debt sent to a collection agency. It is advised to pay your debt in full or work with a court clerk to set up a payment plan within the first 30 days of sentencing.

 

You can make payments in the following ways:

  1. Online. OJD Courts ePay is an online electronic payment service which allows you to make payments on most court cases and accounts. By using OJD Courts ePay to make a payment on a violation case, you will be entering a plea of no contest, which means you cannot request a trial or ask that your fine be reduced. If you want to request a trial or ask the court to reduce your fine, do not use OJD Courts ePay. Follow the instructions on the citation you received or visit the Traffic or Parking pages for more information.
  2. B​y Mail. The court accepts checks and money orders via mail. DO NOT SEND CASH through the mail. Make your check or money order payable to the “State of Oregon” and include your case or citation number.

    Mail to:

    Traffic or Other Court Fines
    Multnomah County Circuit Court
    PO BOX 114
    Portland, OR 97207

    Parking Payments
    Multnomah County Circuit Court
    PO BOX 78
    Portland, OR 97207
  3. By Phone. The court accepts debit and credit card (Visa, Mastercard, and Discover) payments over the phone. Please have your case or citation number ready when you call. Visit the courts Contact Information page for phone numbers and business hours.
  4. In Person. The court ​ accepts cash, checks, money orders, debit and credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, and Discover). Please bring picture ID. ID is required for all transactions.​

If the court ordered you to pay fines/fees, they are due on the day of sentencing. If you are unable to pay the balance in full within 30 days from sentencing, the court may allow you to set up a payment plan.

There is a fee for setting up a payment plan. A one-time fee of not less than $50.00, and not more than $200, will be automatically assessed to the case without further notice to the debtor, or further order by the court (ORS 1.202 and CJO 11-027).

The Court Collection Unit will set up and monitor your payment plan; working with you to establish a monthly payment and due date, which may vary depending on the balance owed. A payment agreement will need to be filled out with the court to set up a payment plan that works best for you. The court does not send monthly billing statements, or reminders. It is your responsibility to make sure the payments are received as agreed.

Your payment plan may be set up by either visiting our Court Collections Unit in person, or over the phone

If making a payment online, a payment plan must be set up in order to pay less than the balance owed.

There are several ways to make a payment on your payment plan; by our OJD Courts E-Pay, by mail, by phone, or in person. Before making your payment, be sure to have your case or citation number(s) available. If you do not know what your case or citation number is, you may be able to look it up Online Records Search.

A party has 30 days from sentencing to pay in full any fees, fines, and obligations ordered by the court. If a payment plan has not been set up within 30 days from sentencing, the following information below will apply:

Payment Schedule Fees for Financial Obligations Not Paid in Full within 30 Days Under Oregon law (ORS 1.202(1)) additional fees are added to any judgment that includes a monetary obligation that the court or judicial branch is charged with collecting. Under this statutory authority, the Chief Justice imposes an extra fee of:

  • ​If the amount owed is less than or equal to $149.99, the extra fee is $50
  • If the amount owed is at least $150, but not more than $399.99, the extra fee is $125
  • If the amount owed is at least $400, the extra fee is $200.

The fees are added without further notice to the debtor or further order of the court. The fee is added to any case that is not paid in full 30 days after a judgment is entered.

Your debt may have also been sent to a collection agency and collections fees added to the financial obligation.​

Oregon law (ORS 1.202​) requires the court to add a fee to any judgment that includes money owed to the court. Examples: filing fees on a civil or family law case, traffic fines, parking fines, criminal fines. If the balance is not paid in full within 30 days of the judgment being entered into the court's records, the law imposes an extra fee. A fee of 28% of the case balance will be added to each case referred to collections. All past due debt may be referred out for collection and garnishment or seizure of state tax refund(s) may occur.​

If you have not paid your balance in full within 30 days of sentencing, and have not set up a payment plan, one or more of the following may occur:

  • Assign your debt to an outside collection agency (debt collector);
  • The court may request that the Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division (DMV) suspend your driver's license. The court will charge a $15 fee on each case where we send a request to the DMV to Suspend;
  • The court may order you to appear in front of a judge to explain why you are not making payments, or have not set a payment plan, and why you should not be held in contempt of court;
  • Your wages may be garnished;
  • A warrant could be issued.​

You may either come in person, or contact the Court Collection Unit, on or before your payment due date.

If you have set up a payment plan, and you believe you will have trouble making your payment, please contact the Court Collections Unit. Failure to make the payment may result in one or more of the following:

  • Your debt may be assigned to an outside collection agency (debt collector);
  • The court may terminate the agreement and require that you pay your debt in full;
  • The court may request that the Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division (DMV) suspend your driver's license. The court will charge a $15 fee on each case where we send a request to the DMV to suspend;
  • The court may order you to appear in front of a judge to explain why you are not making payments as you agreed to under your payment agreement and why you should not be held in contempt of court;
  • Your wages may be garnished;
  • A warrant could be issued.

If you were notified by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) that your license was suspended due to unpaid citation(s), or that you have a pending suspension for unpaid citations(s), you will either need to pay in full, or set up a payment plan on that citation(s). In order to either reinstate your license or stop a pending suspension, you will need to obtain a “clearance” from the court. Please contact the Collections Unit​ for more information. You will need your case/citation number.​


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