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Deferral and eDeferral

Traffic Infraction Deferral Program

If you have received a traffic infraction in the jurisdiction of Spokane County District Court, you may be eligible for the Traffic Infraction Deferral Program. You may only receive one deferral for a Moving Violation and one deferral for a Non-Moving Violation every 7 years. To apply for the Deferral Program you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have a valid driver’s license.
  • You must have responded to your traffic ticket within 15 days of the violation date, either by mail or in person.
  • You have not received a Deferral or Deferred Finding in the past 7 years from any court in the State of Washington, moving or non-moving, depending on the charge that you are requesting to be Deferred
  • You do not possess a Commercial Drivers License (CDL).

     

    Please keep in mind that even if you have met the above listed criteria to apply for the Deferral Program your entry into the program is a discretionary decision that will be made by the Judicial Officer.


If you are granted entry to the Deferral Program the conditions of your Deferral may be, but are not limited to the following:

  • The length of the Deferral may be imposed up to 1 year.
  • Traffic School may be imposed at your expense and you must provide proof of successful completion to the court.
  • Any new traffic violations may be cause for the revocation of the Deferral.
  • A non-refundable Administrative Fee of $150, imposed at the Judge’s discretion, is due within a time decided by the Judge.

There will be no exceptions to the criteria required or the conditions imposed by the Court.

If you have already been denied entrance into the Deferral Program you may NOT apply again for the same citation.

If your application or request for entry into the Deferral Program is denied you will be notified of the decision and a Court Hearing will be scheduled.

If you comply with all of the conditions imposed by the Court the charge that has been deferred will be dismissed and the Court will not report the charge to the Department of Licensing.

Failure to comply with any of the conditions imposed by the court may result in some or all the following:

  • The charge may be found committed and the Department of Licensing may be notified.
  • Any administrative fees that have been paid towards the Deferral may be forfeited and the full amount of the original fine may be imposed.
  • If you fail to pay the imposed fine amount, a $52 penalty may be added, a fail to pay (FTA) may be sent to the Department of Licensing, which may cause your license to be suspended, and the case may be sent into collection status.


If you have any questions you may contact us at: (509) 477-4770, option 1
You have 3 options to apply or request entry into the Deferral Program:

  1. In Person at the District Court Clerk’s Office (Location/Hours) - you must respond within 15 days of the violation date.

    1100 West Mallon Ave - Public Safety Building - Windows 7 or 8 or
    12710 E Sprague - Spokane Valley

  2. At your Court Hearing - you may make your request to apply for the Deferral Program at your Court Hearing. 
     
  3. Spokane County District Court Website - to apply online you must submit the application within 15 calendar days of the violation date OR you must have already received a court date and your request for an ONLINE Deferral is received no less than 7 business days prior to your court hearing. **Please note: If you are submitting the application within 15 days of the violation date and you do not have a hearing scheduled with the court, you must enter a date in the "court date" portion of the application one month from the date of the application.  If your request for ONLINE Deferral is denied you will be sent notification of the denial and a new court hearing will be set for the case. 

 

You will find your ticket number at the top of your ticket as shown below.

Finding your ticket number on your traffic ticket

To be eligible for E-Deferral you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have a valid driver's license
  • You must have responded to your traffic ticket within 15 days of the violation date, either by mail or in person
  • You have not received a Deferral or Deferred Finding in the past 7 years from any court in the State of Washington, moving or non-moving, depending on the charge that you are requesting be Deferred.
  • The charge that you are requesting to be Deferred is not for No Insurance.
  • You do not possess a Commercial Drivers License (CDL).

Please keep in mind that even if you have met the above listed criteria to apply for the Deferral Program your entry into the program is a discretionary decision that will be made by the Judicial Officer.

If you are granted entry to the Deferral Program the conditions of your Deferral may be, but are not limited to the following:

  • The Length of the Deferral may be imposed up to 1 year.
  • Traffic School may be imposed at your expense and you must provide proof of successful completion to the court.
  • Any new traffic violations may be cause for the revocation of the Deferral.
  • A non-refundable Administrative Fee of $150, imposed at the Judge's discretion, is due within a time decided by the Judge.

There will be no exceptions to the criteria required or the conditions imposed by the Court.

If you have already been denied entrance into the Deferral Program you may NOT apply again for the same citation.

If your application or request for entry into the Deferral Program is denied you will be notified of the decision and a Court Hearing will be scheduled.

If you comply with all of the conditions imposed by the Court the charge that has been deferred will be dismissed and the Court will not report the charge to the Department of Licensing.

Failure to comply with any of the conditions imposed by the court may result in some or all the following:

  • The charge may be found committed and the Department of Licensing may be notified.
  • Any administrative fees that have been paid towards the Deferral may be forfeited and the full amount of the original fine may be imposed.
  • If you fail to pay the imposed fine amount, a $52 penalty may be added, a fail to pay (FTA) may be sent to the Department of Licensing, which may cause your license to be suspended, and the case may be sent into collection status.

You have 3 options to apply or request entry into the Deferral Program:

  1. In Person at the District Court Clerk’s Office - you must respond within 15 days of the violation date.
    1100 West Mallon Ave - Public Safety Building - Windows 7 or 8
    12710 E Sprague - Spokane Valley
  2. At your Court Hearing - you may make your request to apply for the Deferral Program at your Court Hearing.
  3. Spokane County District Court Website - to apply online you must already have responded to your ticket within 15 days, received a court date and your request for an ONLINE Deferral is received no less than 7 business days prior to your court hearing. **Please note: If your request for ONLINE Deferral is denied you will be sent notification of the denial and a new court hearing will be set for the case.** The Spokane County Website is access for only District Court requests.

Please contact:

District Court at (509) 477-4770, option 1

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