to Pay Your Fine Online
Pay Fines Online
Access our convenient, online
payment service that enables the payment of fines, surcharges and fees
electronically, 24/7, with a major credit card. To use this service
you must know specific information, including the type of case, the county in
which the charge or citation was issued, the case number or the first name of
the person charged. Pay Fines Online
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Please Note: Citations
issued by law enforcement typically are not filed in the clerk of court offices
right away, and therefore, the information from the citation will not show up
immediately on this site. It may take as long as 10 to 14 days for a
citation to arrive at the clerk of court office and be posted on this
site. If the citation was issued during a weekend or holiday, it may
take longer for the clerk to receive the citation.
Questions about Paying Fines Online and Paying Late or Overdue Fines
How do I pay
my fine online?
find information about a recent citation or ticket.
receive confirmation of my payment?
If I pay online, do I still need to appear in
this site secure?
Do you store
personal credit card information?
What is court debt?
What type of debt is collected by the courts?
How will I be contacted if I owe court debt?
Where do I pay my court debt?
What happens if I don't pay my court debt?
I cannot pay my fine on the
schedule date. Can I get an extension? Can I get on a payment plan?
I am 30 days past due, do I owe my court debt to my
county attorney or the private debt collector?
What is the minimum monthly payment in a payment
Will I go to jail if I don't pay my court debt?
What are the penalties for not paying my court
debt? Will I be unable to register my motor vehicle? Will I lose my driver's
license if I do not pay my court debt?
Do I pay interest or additional fees with my
My state tax refund was withheld,
is that because I owe court debt?
Is it true the court can take
my lottery winnings if I owe court debt?
Do I have any rights as a debtor?
I have a parking ticket. Do I pay the courts?
Where does my money go?
My friend only had to pay half his overdue court debt
through an amnesty program. Can I do that, too?
Can a county attorney from another
county collect my court debt?
How do I pay my fine online?
Use our Pay Fines Online link or go
to the Iowa Courts Online case search page and click on "payment search." You
must have the following information:
Name of the county in which the fine
was imposed or assessed,
General type of charge (traffic or
Case or citation number. If you do
not know this number you may search using your name.
After you submit this information
the system will search for matching cases. Follow instructions to make your
I cannot find information about a
recent citation or ticket.
Clerk of court offices strive to
post information as soon as possible. Nevertheless, because clerks' offices
handle large volumes of work, information is not always posted the day a record
In the case of citations or tickets,
it may take a week or longer from the date the citation or ticket is issued to
the date it is filed in the clerk of court office. This interval may be longer
if a citation is issued on a weekend or holiday. If the information does not
appear on this site after 14 days, please contact the clerk of court office in
the county where the citation was issued.
Will I receive confirmation of my
Yes, once the transaction is
completed the system will provide confirmation. Make a print or screenshot of
the confirmation screen for your records.
pay online, do I still need to appear in court?
you pay a fine online it is a plea of guilty and the transaction is complete.
Only if the box on the ticket is marked "court appearance required," would you
need to appear.
Is this site secure?
Yes, this site is secure. Make sure
that your system and network are equipped to make a secure transaction.
Do you store personal credit card
No, the state does not keep the
credit card information provided through this site once a transaction is
court debt? What type of debt is
collected by the courts?
debt means all fines and fees ordered by the court. According to Iowa law, a judge may order any
or all of the following:
Restitution for victims of crime.
(2) Fines, penalties, criminal penalty surcharge, and law enforcement
(3) Crime Victim Compensation Fund.
(4) Court costs, including correctional fees, court-appointed attorney fees,
and public defender expenses.
court debts are paid in the priority order listed above.
will I be contacted if I owe court debt?
the debt is assessed by the court you receive an order. When the debt becomes delinquent, you will
receive a notice from the clerk of court in the county where the violation
be aware of potential scams, spam emails falsely claiming to be from the Iowa
Judicial Branch or a court official. The
Iowa Judicial Branch does not issue official court communications by email
unless the recipient is a registered eFile user and the document is clearly
identified as a Notice of Electronic Filing or Presentation. A Notice of
Electronic Filing or Presentation will never ask the recipient to send money,
request a social security number, direct the recipient to call a certain phone
number, or advise the reader to download a document.
do I pay my court debt?
debt is payable to the clerk of the district court in the county where the
violation occurred. The clerk of court
offices are list on the Judicial Branch website in the "About the
Courts" tab in "Directories."
happens if I don't pay my court debt?
to Iowa law, fines and fees are due to the clerk of court 30 days after the
date it is assessed by a court order.
I cannot pay my fine on the schedule date. Can I get an extension? Can
I get on a payment plan?
the fines and fees are not paid within 30 days after the date it is assessed, the
court debt is statutorily deemed delinquent.
Iowa law, does not allow for the court to grant orders for
extension. In order to avoid
delinquency, you can set up a payment plan with the court. Contact the clerk of court office in the
county where the violation occurred to inquire about payment plan options. The clerk of court offices are listed on the
Judicial Branch website in the "About the Courts" tab in
I am 30
days past due, do I owe my court debt to my county attorney or the private debt
will depend on whether the county attorney is collecting court debt in the
county where the offense occurred, [see map below.] If a county attorney has entered into an
agreement with State Court Administration and has committed to collecting court
debt, then the debt will be assigned to the county attorney at the time the
debt is deemed delinquent. If the
offense occurred in a county where the county attorney had not committed to
collecting, then the debt will be assigned to a private debt collector that is
under contract with the Judicial Branch to collect debt owed to the state of
Iowa at the time the debt is delinquent.
You will be notified by either the county attorney or the private debt
collector when your debt has been assigned and they will inform you of payment
Counties where the county attorney
collects court debt more than 30 days past due.
What is the minimum monthly payment in a payment plan?
a judge sets up a payment plan for the defendant at the time he/she makes a
court appearance, the minimum payment is $50.00. However, if the debt is not paid within 30
days after the date it is assessed, it is collected by a party outside of the
court system and the defendant will need to negotiate the monthly payment with
Will I go to
jail if I don't pay my court debt?
No. However, a county attorney may file a contempt
of court action for failure to pay your court debt.
are the penalties for not paying my court debt? Will I be unable to register my
motor vehicle? Will I lose my driver's license if I do not pay my court
penalties have been prescribed by the legislature to encourage individuals to
pay court debt within 30 days after the date is assessed. If court debt becomes delinquent, then an
individual will be unable to register or renew their motor vehicle registration
or driver's license. For any traffic or
traffic related offense, if the person has not paid the court debt 30 days
after it was assessed by a court order, the person's driver's license will be
suspended by the Department of Transportation.
An individual's driver's license or motor vehicle registration may be
suspended until the person enters into a payment plan.
Do I pay
interest or additional fees with my payment plan?
the payment plan is established by a judge with a court order or through the
applicable county attorney office, there is no interest involved. Iowa law authorizes the Judicial Branch to
contract with a private debt collector for collection of debt owed to the state
of Iowa. If a payment plan is
established through this entity, there will be a fee up to 25% added to the
total debt owed.
My state tax refund was withheld, is that because I owe court debt?
Yes. The Department of Administrative Services
recovers debt owed to the State of Iowa, including court debt, using income tax
offsets through the Income Tax and Vender Offset Program. Money collected through the program is
deposited in the state general fund. If your tax refund is being held due to
outstanding court debt, you will receive a notice from the Judicial
Note: There are also other state and county
entities that may withhold fees owed to that applicable entity from the state
income tax refund.
Is it true the court can take my lottery winnings if I owe court debt?
Yes. Anyone with lottery/casino/racetrack winnings
of at least $1,200 is verified prior to payout to determine if the person has
outstanding debt owed to the State of Iowa, including court debt. If it is determined that debt is owed, the
Department of Administrative Services recovers the money through the Income Tax
and Vender Offset Program. Money
collected through the program is deposited in the state general fund.
Do I have
any rights as a debtor?
Yes. There are federal and state laws that apply
to debt collection. You should consult
an attorney or an Iowa Legal Aid office for an explanation of your rights.
a parking ticket. Do I pay the courts?
parking ticket is issued by local law enforcement (city, county) and is
collected through the city
county clerk office. If you choose to
challenge a parking ticket, then court fines and fees may be ordered by the
court. Any court debt is payable to the
clerk of the district court in the county where the violation occurred.
does my money go?
a person pays his or her fines, fees, and court costs, it goes to the general
fund of the state of Iowa. The state
general fund distributes the monies to various state programs and
agencies. According to Iowa law, the
clerk of court is required to collect county sheriff jail fees (room and board
fees) and fees for service of process if performed by county law enforcement.
Those monies will be distributed to the county.
If the violation involves a city ordinance or law and a judge orders
payment of the fines and fees in a court order, these monies would be distributed
to the city.
My friend only had
to pay half his overdue court debt through an amnesty program. Can I do that,
General Assembly enacted SF2428 (Delinquent Debt Collection Act) in 2008 and
SF2383 (Debt Collection Act) in 2010.
Both Acts made various changes to the existing debt collection programs
and created new programs, including instituting a court debt amnesty program
administered by the Iowa Department of Revenue from September 1, 2010, through
November 30, 2010. The amnesty program
allowed individuals owing court debt to pay only 50% of the fines and fees
ordered by the court. The amnesty
program concluded on November 30, 2010.
No amnesty program has been statutorily enacted since 2010.
Can a county attorney from another county collect my
debt related to a violation of state traffic laws or laws of the road can be
collected by any county attorney if the county attorney is collecting court
debt. Sometimes a county attorney from
one county may enter into an agreement with one or more contiguous counties to
collect court debt for them. In this
situation a county attorney other than where the violation occurred may collect
the court debt. Except for these two
situations, the county attorney where the violation occurred must collect the
debt or a third party collected designated by the Judicial Branch.
These answers are
intended to be general in nature and may not address specific situations;
therefore, if you need more information specific to your situation, please
contact your attorney, the clerk in your county, or your county attorney office
if your county attorney is collecting court debt in the county where the