office oversees the collection of installment payment plans and delinquent
payments of court ordered debt including fines, fees, and restitution for the Superior Court of Mendocino County,
Probation, and Public Defender.
For traffic school matters please contact the Traffic Division of the
Superior Court at (707) 463-4660.
The Amnesty program begins October 1, 2015 and runs
through March 31, 2017. This program
authorizes individuals with past-due court-ordered debt related to infractions and owed prior to January 1, 2013, to have their civil assessment waived and remaining outstanding
delinquent debt reduced by either 50 or 80 percent when meeting specified
eligibility criteria. If you do not meet this criteria, you may be eligible for the driver's license reinstatement program. See below for more information about the program.
Starting January 1, 2016 misdemeanor convictions of Vehicle Code 12500(a) and Vehicle Code 14601.1, having a Failure to Pay license hold, are eligible for the Amnesty program or Driver's License Reinstatement program if meeting all other program criteria.
Click on Amnesty Survey to determine if you are eligible for the Amnesty Program and/or Driver's License Reinstatement Program.
Please be advised not all violations are eligible for Amnesty. Those meeting the eligibility requirements, and whose driverís license was suspended as a result of a Failure to Appear or Failure to Pay, must agree to pay off the reduced amount or sign up for a payment plan to reinstate their license. All participants of the program will be charged a $50 amnesty administrative fee.
If you are eligible, contact the Amnesty hot line at 707-234-6849 to obtain balance due information. You will also need to complete the Amnesty Participation Form to remit with your payment.
Monthly payment plan
A payment plan may be set allowing regular monthly payments until the account is paid in full. An administrative fee will be assessed as a collection charge for each case with an installment payment plan.
If you already have a failure to pay hold on your driver's license it will not be released until the account is paid in full.
The balance due on your account may be converted to community service. Not all accounts or types of debt qualify for community service. Contact the Superior Court of Mendocino County for more information.
Payment can be made in four ways:
1. Payment by mail should be sent to P. O. Box 8509, Ukiah, Ca. 95482-8509. Write your docket number or account number on your check as well as on all correspondence. Make checks or money orders payable to Mendocino County Collections at the above address. To receive a copy of your receipt you must include a self-addressed stamped envelope.
2. Payment in the office: For payments in the office see the Court Collection department located in the County Administration building at 501 Low Gap Rd, Room 1060. You may pay by cash, check, money order, debit or credit card. Collections will not accept payment by coin (Government Code 24353).
3. Credit or Debit card: over the phone or via the internet through GovPayNet.com.
Please note: You will be charged a transaction fee by GovPayNet and advised of the amount of the fee when processing your transaction.
Or call 1-888-604-7888 to make a payment on your account. You must have your payment location code of 7326 available to make a payment over the phone.
Have your account number ready when making your payment. If you do not have this information, contact the Collection department for your amount due and your account number.
You may call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Funds are verified while payment is made and electronically deposited to our bank within 48 hours from the transaction date.
Failure to pay your account by the due date may result in one or more of the following:
Penalties and assessment of up to $390 per case;
California driver's license suspension;
Intercept of a California tax refund;
Wage garnishment or bank levy;
A warrant being issued for your arrest;
Referral to a Collection Agency
Your account may be referred to the following agencies for further collection efforts.
The Franchise Tax Board assists the Collection department with delinquent debt collection in two ways.
1. Franchise Tax Board Tax Intercept Program.
Delinquent accounts or accounts with large outstanding balances are referred to the Franchise Tax Board to intercept any State tax refund or lottery winnings due to the debtor. These funds will be redirected to Collections to reduce the balance of your outstanding debt.
2. Franchise Tax Board Court-Ordered Debt (COD) Collection Program.
Delinquent accounts may be transferred to FTB for further collection action. Once assets are located by FTB, levies are issued to garnish wages or withhold bank accounts. FTB may also seize real or personal property.
If your account is with FTB COD Collection Program, you may contact them or mail payments to:
FTB -Court Ordered Debt Collections