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Infractions (Non-criminal)

An infraction is a non-criminal offense for which you cannot go to jail. 

If you received a green copy or a white electronic copy, you have been charged with an infraction. Please read the ticket for instructions. You must respond within 15 days of the date of the citation by either requesting a hearing (see below) or by paying the fine in full. After 15 days, a $52 penalty for failure to respond will be added.

You can request a mitigation or contested hearing or deferral with the Tumwater Violations Bureau (see below). The City of Tumwater contracts with Thurston County District Court to conduct court hearings.  

Pay a Fine 

Please make checks payable to the City of Tumwater and submit by mail or in person. Visit Tumwater Violations Bureau for more payment options.

Tumwater Violations Bureau
Tumwater City Hall
555 Israel Road SW
Tumwater, WA 98501

Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except for holidays.

2020 Traffic Fine Amnesty Day

If you have LATE fines or fees owing on a traffic ticket or a DWLS 3 (driving while license suspended) charge in any Thurston County court, Amnesty Day is a chance to have those fines or fees reduced or converted to community service. You must pre-register to participate in this event.

Saturday, April 11, 2020 starting at 9:30 am in Rochester or

Thursday, April 23, 2020 starting at 3:00 pm in Olympia

Participating courts:

  • Thurston County District Court
  • Lacey Municipal Court and Lacey Violations Bureau
  • Olympia Municipal Court
  • Rainier Municipal Court
  • Tenino Municipal Court
  • Tumwater Municipal Court and Tumwater Violations Bureau
  • Yelm Municipal Court

Click here to learn more and register for the event.


Other Options for Infractions (traffic or non-traffic)

If you have received an infraction, you may choose to request a Mitigation Hearing, Contested Hearing or a Deferral. Please contact Tumwater Violations Bureau for more information at (360) 754-4190, or stop by during regular business hours. 

Mitigation Hearing

A mitigation hearing is an informal procedure in which you admit to committing the violation on a traffic infraction, but wish to explain the circumstances to the judge. You may not argue that you did not commit the infraction. The judge may or may not reduce the amount of penalty. The infraction will be reported to the Department of Licensing, and it will appear on your driving record. You may not appeal the court’s determination or order.  If you wish to request a mitigation hearing, you must select the 2nd option on your citation and return it to the court within 15 days of the date of the ticket. Please make sure you fill in your name, mailing address and signature. Mitigation hearings are held at the Thurston County District Court, please contact them directly with any court date questions.

Mitigations are NOT allowed by law for the following offenses:

New! Electronic Mitigation (e-Mitigation) 

Electronic mitigation hearings are now available through the Thurston County District Court. After a hearing request has been submitted to Tumwater violations, e-mitigation allows you to an complete an online form and email it the court explaining circumstances of your violation. A judge will review and make a decision on the case. You will receive a response emailed to the address provide on the form. For more e-mitigations please refer to the Thurston County District Court.

Contested Hearing

If you received a traffic infraction and do not believe you committed the violation, you may request a contested hearing. The judge will read the officer’s sworn statement. Then you may testify and present other witnesses and evidence in your behalf. The judge will decide whether or not the infraction was committed based on the preponderance of the evidence. If the judge finds the infraction committed, a reduced penalty may still be imposed. If the judge finds the infraction not committed, the infraction will be dismissed. You have the right to subpoena witnesses, including the officer who issued the citation. If you wish to subpoena a witness, you must apply to the court in writing at least 14 days prior to the hearing. You may appeal the court’s decision if you are found to have committed the infraction. If you wish to request a contested hearing, you must select the 3rd option on your citation and return it to the court within 15 days of the date of the ticket. Please make sure you fill in your name, mailing address, and signature. Contested hearings are held at the Thurston County District Court, please contact them directly with any court date questions.


A deferred finding is an opportunity for you to have your traffic infraction dismissed. If the court grants a deferral, you must meet all of the conditions of the deferral for the infraction to be dismissed. You may have an infraction deferred only once every 7 years anywhere in the state. The period of deferral is for 6 months. You cannot commit another infraction within this deferral period. You must pay a $150 administrative fee, plus $70 for any additional charge on your traffic ticket. This fee must be paid in full within 90 days of the entry of the deferral.

Infractions NOT eligible for a deferral:

  • Defendants with a commercial driver's license (CDL) from any state.
  • Infractions written for speeding in a construction zone.
  • Infractions written for passing a school bus.
  • Any infraction written for an incident in which a fatality occurred.
  • Infractions for negligent driving 2 with a vulnerable user victim.


Contact Tumwater Violations Bureau at (360) 754-4190.