Traffic Infraction Deferral Program
To apply for the Traffic Infraction Deferral Program, you must submit the application within 30 calendar days of the violation date, or you must have already received a court date. Your request for an online deferral must be received no less than 4 business days prior to your court hearing.
You have 3 options to apply or request entry into the deferral program:
- Online (see link below)
- In Person at the District Court Clerks Office "Hours & Locations"
- Request at your court hearing.
The court will advise you of the decision by return e-mail. If your request for online deferral is denied you will be sent notification of the denial by email with a new court hearing.
E-Deferral Request Form
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 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.
- A non-refundable Administrative Fee of $150, imposed at the Judge’s discretion, is due within a time decided by the Judge.
- The length of the Deferral may be imposed up to 1 year.
- Any new traffic violations may be cause for the revocation of the Deferral.
Traffic School may be imposed at your expense and you must provide proof of successful completion to 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 suspending, and the case may be sent into collection status.