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FAQs

I received a delinquent letter from the court, after returning the copy of the ticket requesting a hearing. What does this letter mean?

» The court did not receive your hearing request within 15 days, or did not receive your hearing request at all.

I received a delinquent letter from the court, after mailing in my payment. What does this letter mean?

» The court records indicate payment has not been received. You must present a canceled check.

I lost my parking ticket and want to request a hearing.  Please, legibly print your name, address, plate number, hearing type (either mitigation or contested), date of birth, and driver's license number on this hearing request form, and then sign and date at the bottom.  Once completed, you can then send the hearing request form to the Kirkland Municipal Court for processing. 

I received a citation for failure to provide proof of insurance. I was insured at the time of the traffic stop, but did not have my insurance card with me. Do I have to pay the full amount of the fine?

» If you present proof of insurance valid at the time of the traffic stop within 15 days of the violation, your citation can be dismissed upon payment of $25.

I received a citation for failure to provide proof of insurance. I was not insured at the time of the traffic stop, but I now have insurance. Do I have to pay the full amount of the fine?

» You may show proof of obtaining insurance after the incident, within 60 days from the violation date or before your scheduled court date and the penalty will be reduced to $250.00. 

The Department of Licensing abstract will be processed and sent to DOL.

If there is a $52.00 FTA/FTR (failure to appear/respond) fee that has been added, you are responsible for that cost.  The balance due would be $302.00. 

If there is an additional violation on the ticket, you are responsible for the penalty amount associated with that violation in addition to the insurance portion.

I received a citation for no valid operator's license on person, but I have a valid license.  Do I have to pay the full amount of the fine?

» No, you may show proof of a valid operator's license within 60 days of the violation date or before a scheduled court date (mitigated or contested).  The penalty will be reduced to $250.00. 

If there is a $52.00 FTA/FTR (failure to appear/respond) fee that has been added, you are responsible for that cost.  The balance due would be $302.00. 

If there is an additional violation on the ticket, you are responsible for the penalty amount associated with that violation in addition to the no valid operator's license portion.

I can't make my scheduled mitigation hearing.  Can I reschedule?

» No. mitigations hearings cannot be rescheduled.   You may use the hearing by mail option.

I can't make my scheduled contested hearing.  Can I reschedule?

» You must contact the court 48 hours before the scheduled court date to determine if you are eligible to reschedule.  If you received a hearing by mail form with your hearing notice, you may use the hearing by mail option.

I do not live in Kirkland. Can I respond to my Kirkland ticket at another court closer to my home?

» No. The name and address of the court of jurisdiction is printed in the upper left corner of the citation. Your citation must be handled at that court only.

I am a juvenile and I received a parking ticket. What do I do?

» Request a hearing or pay the fine within 15 days.

There are two violations on my citation. I would like to pay one and request a hearing on the other. Can I do this?

» No. You must pay the full amount of the citation or request a hearing within 15 days.

I received a speeding ticket in a school or construction zone. What kind of hearing shall I choose?

» Penalties for infractions committed in school or construction zones are doubled and may not be reduced.

When a defendant requests a contested hearing, the defendant is not admitting guilt. The charge may be dismissed after a contested hearing, if the judge is convinced the defendant did not commit the offense.

When a defendant requests a mitigation hearing, the defendant is admitting he/she committed the offense and is asking the court to mitigate the fine. School or construction zone infractions may not be mitigated.

Where do I file a civil case, such as divorce or small claims?

» Divorce and civil lawsuits should be filed at the King County Superior Court

Small claims matters are filed at  King County District Court Small Claims

How do I get an attorney?

» The King County Bar Association operates a lawyer referral service and provides information on community legal services.   Also, see information about Public Defender services.

Municipal Court
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday
11740 NE 118th Street, Kirkland WA 98034

General Inquiries
T. 425.587.3160