More fines and fees will be added to Scofflaw
On Wednesday, El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar, County Clerk Delia Briones and Tax Assessor-Collector Victor Flores will hold a joint press conference to announce new cases that will be subject to Scofflaw and a new online EPAY system.
The County of El Paso instituted the Scofflaw Verification Program on November 29, 2010 in order to collect outstanding fines and fees. This program prevents individuals with outstanding violations to renew their vehicle registration until the violation is paid in full. If a violation is not paid after 90 days of its issuance, Tax Assessor-Collector's Office/Scofflaw Program places a block for renewals of vehicle registration until the case is settled with the court and/or paid in full.
The new phase of Scofflaw, which will go into effect on October 31, 2013, will now flag any unpaid Class A and B misdemeanor fines/fees. Previously, the only cases flagged include municipal warrants, money owed to the Domestic Relations Office and Red Light citations. If flagged, the individual must pay the amount owed before being able to receive their vehicle registration.
In an effort to modernize the way individuals can pay for outstanding fines and fees associated with only misdemeanor cases, the County Clerk's office in collaboration with the Tax Office and the County's Information Technology Department have created an online EPAY system. The new EPAY system will also launch on October 31st, 2013 and will provide the public the opportunity to make immediate online payments for any outstanding fines/fees associated with misdemeanors. The link to utilize EPAY can be found on the County's main webpage, the County Clerk's and County Tax Office webpages.
To verify if any outstanding fines and fees are owed, visit: www.epcounty.com/check or contact the County Clerks Criminal Collections Unit at: 915-543-3892.