Justice and Public Safety

Fines Administration

Overview

Fines Administration is the processing, billing and collection center for court imposed provincial court fines, for fines resulting from a summary offence ticket (for offences under the Highway Traffic Act and other legislation) and for the related penalties and surcharges. Ticket processing, billing and collections are also provided on a fee for service basis to third parties such as municipalities, hospitals, and post-secondary institutions who issue traffic related tickets in the province.

Fines are collected through voluntary and automatic payment upon driver license or vehicle registration renewals. As well, collections staff within the division deal with those debtors who have made no attempt to pay and those who wish to pay but who do not have the ability to pay the full amount outstanding. Financial Collections Officers (FCO's) review a debtor’s financial status and determine a suitable payment arrangement (normally requiring a significant down payment) and monitor compliance with repayment terms. Breach of an agreement results in a request to Motor Registration Division (MRD) to suspend/cancel a driver license or vehicle permit. A debtor who breaches an agreement may not be given another opportunity to establish a payment arrangement.

Each month, debtors who owe $300 or more in overdue fines are registered at Supreme Court and the resulting judgments are filed with the Sheriff's Office so that civil action such as wage attachments, bank garnishments and property seizure can be initiated. This filing also affects a person's credit rating and can negatively impact a debtor's borrowing ability often resulting in rejections for mortgage and loan applications. Many debtors who have registered judgments are also listed with the Refund Set-off Program with the Federal government whereby the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will intercept income tax refunds and GST payments to apply against unpaid fines. The Canada Revenue Agency assists the province in the recovery of its receivables. You must contact the CRA for further information at 1-866-336-7565 (English) / 1-866-336-7566 (French).

Business Hours

8:30 AM to 4 PM (weekdays - except statutory holidays)

Payment Options

  • In person at Atlantic Place - via Cash, Debit, Cheque, Visa or MasterCard
  • Telephone payment by VISA or MasterCard - 709-729-0349
  • On-line payment at http://www.gov.nl.ca/pay-online.html with Visa, Mastercard or Debit Card
  • Mail cheque or money order payable to Newfoundland Exchequer (note Driver's License number or other identifying information on cheque or money order - Please do not mail cash)
  • At any Provincial Court location with cash or by cheque or money order
  • At any Motor Registration Division Office - only if you have been convicted and you are paying the full balance noted on your record
  • Central Cash/Government Service Centers
  • Third party cheques are not accepted

Due to privacy obligations under the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, please note that Fines Administration cannot respond to general inquiries regarding outstanding fines from anyone other than the person owing those fines, without that person’s consent.

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FAQ

Fines Administration FAQ


Contact

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