The Compliance Assistance Program (CAP) is a new program offered by the Phoenix Municipal Court. CAP is designed to help you resolve past due traffic fines owed to the Court that may be preventing the reinstatement of your Arizona driver’s license. CAP allows you to enter into a payment plan for all your civil traffic, civil and parking charges without having to see a judge. If you make a required down payment and agree to make affordable monthly payments, the Court will notify the Arizona Motor Vehicle Department (MVD) that you are in compliance with your civil traffic fines and fees due to the Court. You may then contact MVD to find out what you must do to reinstate your driving privileges.
How does CAP work?
When you arrive at the Phoenix Municipal Court you will be asked to complete a Check-In Sheet. A Court employee will review your information and inform you of the down-payment required to qualify for CAP. It is important to include as much information as possible such as name and date of birth to assist the Court with locating all outstanding fines and fees. The initial down-payment you must make to qualify for CAP is called the “Pay Today” amount. If you are prepared to do so, you can pay the “Pay Today” amount immediately and enter into a payment plan for the remaining balance. This will result in the waiver of collection costs that were previously added to the balance covered by the payment plan. Once you have paid your “Pay Today” amount and signed a payment plan, the Court will notify MVD that you are compliant for all Phoenix Municipal Court civil traffic charges included in the payment plan.
What if I have a Phoenix Municipal Court warrant?
If you have a warrant, you will need to see a Judge to resolve it. The purpose of CAP is to assist you in becoming compliant with all charges that you have with the Court and seeing a Judge for a warrant will help you achieve that goal. However, even if you have a warrant, you may still qualify for CAP to resolve your civil traffic, civil, and parking charges.
What if I don’t have the money to pay the “Pay Today” amount immediately?
We encourage you to come to the Court to learn about CAP and confirm the reduced amount you would need to pay to participate. You may begin CAP as soon as you can pay the “Pay Today” amount. Please note that the “Pay Today” amount quoted to you may change if you get new charges or if additional fees required by law are added during processing of pending charges.
My CAP “Pay Today” amount is different from the amount quoted in the letter I received from the Court. Why?
The CAP “Pay Today” amount will change if additional charges are located or if additional fees required by law are added during processing of pending charges. It will also change if you get additional charges or fail to appear or pay on other charges that were not due at the time your original “Pay Today” amount was calculated.
How long will it take to sign-up for CAP and complete the process?
It generally will take one hour or less to complete the process. The time required will depend upon the number and complexity of the charges that you have with the Court.
Do I have to appear in-person at the Phoenix Municipal Court to participate in the program?
You must appear in-person at the Court to participate in the program if you live in Maricopa County. If you live elsewhere, you may call 602-256-3281 to learn how to participate in the program. If you require special ADA accommodations in the Court building, please call 602-262-6421, for TTY: Use 7-1-1.
What happens if I don’t make the payments on the payment agreement?
Failure to maintain a payment plan can result in the charges being defaulted again (non-compliant) and a suspension of the driving license. We do encourage everyone to continue communicating with the Court and working with our financial enforcement staff to avoid such issues.
If my charges go noncompliant, may I apply for CAP a second time?
Yes. You may qualify for CAP by paying an updated “Pay Today” amount and entering into a new payment plan. It is however, in the Court’s discretion to decline additional requests to participate in cases of fraud, willful non-payment or other abuses.
What do I have to do to get my driver license?
You must apply to the Arizona MVD to get your driver license. If you have participated in CAP, outstanding fines previously owed to the Phoenix Municipal Court will no longer be the basis of a license suspension. However, if MVD indicates there are other reasons for a license suspension, you will need to work with them to resolve any other issues prior to reinstatement.
How do I get to the Court?
A map and directions can be found here:
http://www.phoenix.gov/courtsite/Documents/faq_parkmap.pdf. A Valley Metro Light Rail station is located at Central/Van Buren and bus stops are also located nearby.
Where do I park?
A large parking garage is conveniently located directly across the street from the Phoenix Municipal Court and hourly parking is available for a fee. Metered parking is also available on surface streets near the courthouse with limited availability.
What should I bring?
You should be prepared to pay the “Pay Today” amount with cash, check, or credit card. The Municipal Court may require identification for check and credit card payments. This can be any lawful photo identification such as a driver license or government issued identification card. Information on security screening and what is allowed in the Court facility, can be found here: phoenix.gov/court/about.