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OJD Courts ePay FAQs

Below you'll find a list of the most commonly asked questions when using OJD Courts ePay.


General Questions

You may use OJD Courts ePay to make a payment on financial obligations owed in many types of court cases, including civil, criminal, and violation cases after a judgment has been entered against you. You may also use OJD Courts ePay to check if your violation is eligible for reduction, enter a plea No Contest, and pay your fine if you do not want to request a trial.
However, if you received a citation you may not use OJD Courts ePay if:
  • You received a citation for a violation and the officer did not write the fine amount on the citation but indicated that you must appear at court.
  • You received a citation for a violation that requires a mandatory appearance, such as speeding over 100 miles per hour or careless driving.
  • You wish to enter a plea of Not Guilty and request a trial.
  • You received a citation for a crime and the court has not entered a judgment against you.
  • You received a notice from the court requiring you to appear at the court for a hearing.​
A $1.50 processing fee is assessed per transaction. The processing fee covers the cost that the web-hosting vendor charges the courts to use their payment system.  You will be able to review all charges prior to submitting payment.​
OJD Courts ePay is generally available 24/7.  However, the system may be down due to maintenance on Saturdays, from 12:45am - 12:45pm PST.  The system is also down the third Sunday of each month, from 6am - 12pm PST.​
OJD Courts ePay is compatible with the following browser versions or newer: Chrome 52, Firefox 54, Edge 14, Safari 10.1, and Opera 39.​​
At this time, OJD Courts ePay is not compatible with mobile devices.  Please use a PC or Mac with a supported browser.​

Payment Questions

We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards, along with debit cards.​
The case will record receipt of the payment within 24 hours.
It may take the court up to 24 hours to credit payment to your case. To avoid the possibility of your payment being late, view other options for making a payment​
The court will not deduct the amount of the payment from the balance owed on your case if your credit card is rejected.  You will receive a notification if your credit card is rejected.  You may make a payment using another credit or debit card or contact the court​ to make a payment by a different method, such as cash or check.
Yes, you may use OJD Courts ePay to make a partial payment on your case if you contacted the court and set-up a payment plan.  You may not establish the actual payment plan through OJD Courts ePay.  If you are not on a payment plan and would like to be, please contact the court​.

Questions About Violation Cases and Reductions

It may take as much as 10-15 days for a citation to be available for online payment. Parking citations in Multnomah County (Portland area) take at least 48 hours to be available for online payment.​
You can resolve most violation citations through OJD Courts ePay without appearing at the court.  If you want to resolve your case using OJD Courts ePay, you must do so before the day and time the citation requires you to appear in court.  By using the OJD Courts ePay system, you agree to enter a no contest plea and waive your right to a trial.  The court will close your case after you pay the full amount of the fine and the court accepts your payment.

However, you may not use OJD Courts ePay if:

  • You received a citation for a violation and the officer did not write the fine amount on the citation but indicated that you must appear at the court.
  • You wish to enter a plea of not guilty and request a trial on a citation for a violation.
  • You received a notice from the court requiring you to come to the court for a hearing. 
Yes. If your violation is eligible, the system will guide you through requesting an online reduction. By accepting a reduction offer, you are entering a plea of No Contest and will be responsible for the fine amount indicated by the online payment system.
You may be offered an online Central Violations Bureau fine reduction if:
  • The citation is for an eligible state traffic or state parking violation. 
    • ​Please review the Chief Justice Order​ for more information about eligibility, keeping in mind that crimes, such as DUII, are not eligible for online payment or reduction.
  • There is an Oregon driver’s license number listed on your citation.
  • Your driving record reflects two or fewer convictions in the last three years.
If you are not offered an online reduction and have questions, please contact the court listed on your citation for additional information.​

​The Central Violations Bureau considers many factors to determine if you are eligible for an online fine reduction. In some circumstances, you still may be eligible for a reduction through the court. If you fall into one of the categories listed below, you may contact the court before the ‘appear by date’ listed on your citation to see if you are eligible for a fine reduction.

  • The citation is for a local parking or traffic citation. Here is additional information about parking citations​ issued by the City of Portland.
  • You do not have a current Oregon driver’s license.
  • The citation contains at least one charge that is not eligible for reduction. Examples include speeding over 100 miles per hour, careless driving, and wildlife violations. 
  • The citation is issued to a corporation, not an individual. 
  • You have plead Not Guilty and asked for a trial or have resolved some, but not all, of the charges listed on your citation.
  • Your citation is issued in Tillamook, Union, or Wallowa county.
  • Your driving record is not reported by the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles.


​Yes, you may still be eligible for a reduction. However, if you enter a No Contest plea online (through the Central Violations Bureau website) you forfeit the option to resolve the citation any other way. Officers may suggest an alternate resolution, including taking a driving class or fixing the cited problem (broken taillight, etc.). If you have any questions, please contact the court where you are assigned to appear prior to the ‘appear by date’ located on your citation. ​

​By entering a plea of No Contest, it means that you are not admitting guilt, yet you are not contesting the facts on the citation. You are assuming the responsibility of the citation and the imposed fine, whether it be reduced or the presumptive fine (fine listed on the citation).​

​Yes, you may be eligible for a fine reduction based on your driving history. Please contact the court where you are assigned to appear prior to the ‘appear by date’ located on your citation.​

During court business hours, you may contact the court for assistance. Use the "Find a Court​" page to locate your court's phone number.
No. You can use OJD Courts ePay to check for a reduction in your fine, enter a plea of No Contest, and pay the amount of the fine.​ If you would like to submit a letter to the court to explain the circumstances of the violation, you must do the following:
  • Send or take your citation and the full amount of the fine to the court before the day and time the citation requires you to appear at the court.
  • Attach a written statement explaining the circumstances of the violation(s) charged.
No.  If you use OJD Courts ePay to make a payment on a violation case, you will agree to enter a plea of no contest and waive your right to a trial.  If you wish to enter a not guilty plea and request a trial, you must do one of the following:
  • Go to the court on or before the day and time written on the front of the citation to enter a plea of not guilty and request a trial.
  • Submit a written request for a trial before the day and time written on the front of the citation.  
  • Contact the court to determine if you qualify for trial by affidavit.​
Yes. You can use OJD Courts ePay to pay the full amount of the fine imposed by the court or make a partial payment if you established a payment plan with the court.

Questions About Other Types of Cases

Yes. ​You may use OJD Courts ePay to make a full or partial payment on a civil or criminal case if the court entered a judgment against you.
Your case may be one of the types of cases where you cannot make a payment using OJD Courts ePay.  You will need to choose another option for making a payment​
You may see this message if your case or citation type must be resolved at the court or you have already paid your balance in full. Please contact the court​ to ask about any balance or action that needs to be taken on your case. ​

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