The collections agency may file with credit bureaus those accounts that remain unpaid. Failure to pay your court costs and/or traffic citations may affect your credit rating.
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The judge orders the fines and court costs to be paid in full within 5 business days after the court order or to enroll into a payment plan. Citation amounts are to be paid within 30 days after your citation was issued. Your driver's license may also be submitted for suspension for failure to pay.
If the amount remains unpaid after 90 days, the Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller's Office shall send the remaining balance to a collections agency pursuant to Florida Statutes 28.246 and 938.29. Additional fees of 25% to the collections agency will be incurred at the time of submission.
The collections agency will notify you of the referral and will collect the amount owed. Citrus County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller's Office would not be able to clear the suspension of your driver's license until the full balance of your court fines/costs and the fees to the collections agency are paid in full.
Section 318.21, Florida Statutes, entitled "Disposition of civil penalties by a county court," shows the distributions of all civil penalties.
If you have any additional questions, please contact the Citrus County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller's Office at 352-341-6424.