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Renton Municipal Court Offers Fine Debt Reduction and Relicensing Program During the Month of May

April 27, 2009

For more information contact:

Joseph McGuire, Court Services Director, 425-430-6551
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director, 425-430-6569

Program waives interest and reduces collection costs

RENTON, WA:  The City of Renton’s Municipal Court will participate in a state-wide Debt Reduction and Relicensing Program May 1-31, 2009. 

In an effort to help citizens regain their driving licenses and reduce the debts owed to collection agencies for unpaid fines and fees, more than 100 courts in Washington State are participating in a Debt Reduction Program throughout the month of May.

Designed to help those with outstanding traffic tickets and fines, the court and their collection agency AllianceOne Inc. have agreed to waive interest and half of the collection fees.  The debt will also be removed from the debtor’s credit reports.

 “We encourage people with outstanding court fines to take advantage of debt reduction month in this difficult financial time,” said Judge Terry Jurado. “This program is designed to make it easier for citizens to pay outstanding citations and penalties by eliminating all accrued interest and reducing the collection fees so that they can remove their fines and regain their driving privileges.”

Payments for accounts in collections must be made to AllianceOne Inc. in person or by mail.  Full payment is required to qualify for debt reduction.  They may be contacted by phone at 1-800-456-8838.  Accepted methods of payment include cash, checks, money orders, credit cards, Western Union and Moneygram.  Mail-in payments must include the citation or case number to ensure proper credit, and must be sent to AllianceOne Inc., PO Box 2449, Gig Harbor, WA 98335.  Walk-up payment service is provided by AllianceOne at the Tukwila Municipal Court, Seattle Municipal Court and AllianceOne offices in Gig Harbor at 6565 Kimball Drive, Suite 200.

Once tickets are paid in full and reported to the court, adjudication slips must be delivered to the Department of Licensing to clear a driving record and obtain a valid driver’s license.

Inquiries of the Renton Municipal Court should be directed to 425-430-6550.  The court is located at 1055 South Grady Way, Renton, WA. The customer service window is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For a full list of participating courts, visit www.courts.wa.gov.