Photo Enforcement

Traffic Light

Did you get a red light ticket? The City of Puyallup has photo enforcement at select intersections in town.  A photo is taken of the vehicle license plate and a notice is mailed to the registered owner's mailing address. You have 18 days from when the notice was issued to either pay the ticket or request a hearing. If you received a notice in the mail, here are your options. 

  1. Pay My Ticket
  2. Request a Mitigation Hearing
  3. Request a Contested Hearing

If  you choose to pay the fine in full.  You do not need to come to court to do this. By paying, you admit to having committed the infraction. Photo enforcement tickets are not reported to the Department of Licensing and do not appear on your driving record. You can pay your ticket either in-person, mail, online or over the phone. Click here for information on how to pay your fine.  If you need additional time to pay then you may contact the court by calling (253) 841-5450 or emailing Courts@PuyallupWA.Gov with your request.  Please provide your infraction # located on the notice to help us better serve you. 


What is a red light camera?

Red light cameras are installed at various intersection within the City of Puyallup. These cameras are utilized as a means of encouraging safe driving behavior, and to discourage unsafe driving habits, such as "running" a red light. Red light camera infractions are processed similar to parking violations. They are not reported to Department of Licensing and do not appear on your driving record. They can however delay renewal of your vehicle tabs if you have two or more unpaid violations. 

You must respond within 18 days to the notice either by

1) sending payment;

2) requesting a hearing; or

3) submitting the Declaration that’s attached to your notice or by clicking here.

Please note, if you submit the Declaration it generally takes 3 - 4 weeks for review and response.

Why did I get a notice?

From reviewing the video recording by the traffic camera, it has been determined that, on the date and time listed in the citation, your vehicle failed to come to a full stop while facing a red light signal at the clearly marked stop line.

A photo infraction is issued to the owner(s) on the vehicle registration. You can view the photo online by going to and entering the PIN number on your Notice of Infraction.

What if I was not the driver who failed to stop at the red light?

It is presumed, under state law, that the registered owner is the person to have operated the vehicle during the time of infraction. However, there are situations in which this may not be the case. In these situations, the registered owner may submit a Declaration of Non-Liability, under oath, to the court that the vehicle involved was either stolen or that it was under the care, custody, or control of a person other than the registered owner. You may submit this Declaration to rebut the presumption. This Declaration form is located in your Notice of Infraction or you may click here.

How much is the fine?

The fine is $124.00. Failure to pay the fine will result in referral to collections, who may impose additional penalties and fees.

Does a photo ticket go on my driving record?

No, photo enforcement tickets for red light are NOT reported to Department of Licensing and will not become a part of your driving record.

Does my car insurance company get notified?

No. Red light tickets are considered a civil infraction, and are therefore not reported to insurance agencies.

 Can I make payments on my red light ticket?

The Municipal Court can provide an extension of your due date.  If your ticket is not in collections, the court can schedule an extension by visiting the clerk’s office during regular office hours, calling 253-841-5450 or emailing Courts@PuyallupWA.GOV with your request.  Please be ready to provide your infraction # when contacting the court.  If you opt to pay rather than appear for your hearing, you must contact the court prior to your hearing to make arrangements.   

What if my ticket is in collections? Who do I contact and what do I do?

The primary collection agent for Puyallup Court is Dynamic Collections located at 790 So Market Boulevard, in Chehalis, Washington. Their phone number is: 1-800-464-3457

If your ticket is in collections and you feel there are compelling reasons that caused a late response or non appearance, you may submit a letter of “show cause” to the judge for consideration pursuant to IRLJ (Infraction Rules for Courts of Limited Jurisdiction) 3.2(b).  You can find the form here.