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Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I don’t pay my court fine or fine which has been registered for enforcement?

If you don’t pay, we can:

  • clamp your car or vehicle and ultimately sell it to repay your fine
  • contact your employer and arrest your wages
  • contact your bank and arrange for any assets to be frozen
  • arrange with DWP for direct deductions from your benefits.

It is therefore important to get in touch with us if you are having genuine difficulty paying your fine.

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I received a warning letter saying that my bank account might be frozen, my car could be clamped or my earnings or benefits deducted. I don't want that to happen. What should I do?

You should make payment or contact a fines enforcement officer as soon as possible. They can discuss a payment plan with you to prevent enforcement action being taken.

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I want to pay my fine but I am struggling financially. What should I do?

If you are having genuine difficulty in paying a fine, get in touch with a fines enforcement officer who can give you help and advice to arrange payment.

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Can I set up a payment plan?

It may be possible to pay in instalments or change an existing payment plan. You should send a Declaration of Income form to finesenforcement@scotcourts.gov.uk to allow us to consider a request for new payment terms.

Once we have the form we will look at the circumstances and history of your case and get back to you with our decision as soon as we can.

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Can someone else pay my fine for me?

Yes, someone else can pay your fine for you using cash or their cheque / credit card. If your licence requires to be endorsed, your representative will require to present your licence on your behalf. If the points endorsed on the driving record take the total to 12 or more you would be cited to court to be disqualified from driving.

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What types of fines can I pay online?

Online payment is accepted for:

  • parking tickets issued by police traffic wardens
  • tickets issued by a police officer
  • fines issued by the Procurator Fiscal's Office
  • fines imposed by a sheriff court or justice of the peace court

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When will I NOT be able to pay online?

  • your fine can't be found - if your fine has been recently issued it may not have been registered on the system yet.
  • your fine was issued by the council this site does not accept payment for parking tickets or other fixed penalties issued on behalf of local authorities.
  • the final payment date has passed - some fines can only be paid up to 28 days after they were issued.
  • your fine is endorsable - if your fine carries penalty points then your driving licence must be endorsed. Please see the option to pay by post.
  • an enforcement action has been applied to your fine - if your fine is overdue it may be subject to ongoing enforcement action and you may be unable to pay online. For further details you should contact a fines enforcement officer by calling 0300 790 0014.
  • your account has been paid in full - if your account has a zero outstanding balance, no further action is required by you.
  • your account has been closed - if your account has been closed (for example, if it has been withdrawn by the police ticket office) no further action is required by you.
  • your account is locked - if you make too many incorrect attempts to enter the correct surname or vehicle registration your account will be locked and you will be unable to pay your fine online. For further details you should contact a fines enforcement officer on 0300 790 0014.
  • your fine has been transferred to a non-Scottish court - you should continue to make payments to your nominated non-Scottish court and staff will send your payment to the appropriate Scottish court.

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Can I pay a speeding or red light fine online?

No fines issued by the Safety Camera Unit for speeding or red-light offences cannot be paid online as your driving licence must be endorsed with penalty points. Please see the option to pay by post.

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What information do I need to pay my fine online?

To pay your fine online you will need:

  • the fine reference number
  • the surname of the person who was fined - or the vehicle registration number if you wish to pay a parking ticket.

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Where do I find my fine reference number?

Your fine reference number will be displayed on the ticket issued to you by the police or on documents sent to you by the court or Procurator Fiscal’s Office.

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I received a speeding ticket, but need to apply for a new licence before I can pay my fine. What should I do?

You should apply for a new licence as soon as you possibly can. The court can confirm what your deadline is, but the system is automated and we cannot extend a payment deadline.

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Is there a maximum I can pay online?

The online payment facility has a maximum limit of £10,000 per transaction.

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How many fines does the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service collect?

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service produces a report on the fines collected in Scotland which posted on the website every three months.

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How do I contact a Fines Enforcement Officer?

During normal office hours you can contact a fines enforcement officer by calling 0300 790 0014.

Alternatively you can request a call back by emailing your question and details to finesenforcement@scotcourts.gov.uk



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