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Posted: March 9, 2017

Time is Running Out to Save Big During the Pinellas Clerk’s Start Smart Campaign

An abundance of citizens have already taken advantage of the special event hosted by the Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller’s office. This community event is set to continue until Friday, March 10, 2017 and it has already helped many citizens reset the past and save a lot of money.

The Clerk’s office is waiving collection fees for a limited time only when citizens pay their outstanding fines and fees in full. Citizens can look forward to saving up to 40% during this special campaign as they have the option of paying on a single case or paying on as many cases as they can. In the first week of the event, a total of 561 people have cleared up their financial obligations on 974 cases. These savings have been applied to many different payable charges ranging from traffic violations to minor misdemeanors and very serious felonies. Below are some examples:

  • Trespassing
  • Expired registration
  • Driving without a valid license
  • Speeding
  • Failure to wear seatbelt
  • Petit theft
  • Aggravated assault

Event Details: (Click to view the event flyer)

  • Date: Monday, February 27 – Friday, March 10, 2017 (excluding weekends)
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    (Open until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday of each week at the Pinellas County Justice Center only)

Anyone with a Pinellas County case that’s gone unpaid for more than 90 days and has had additional ‘collection’ fees assessed, can visit the locations listed below to avoid paying the collection fees during this limited time offer:

  • North County Branch – 29582 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater, FL
  • Clerk’s Tyrone Branch – 1800 66th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL
  • Pinellas County Justice Center – 14250 49th St. N., Clearwater, FL

Acceptable forms of payment include cash, check, money order and credit card.

For more information, please call (727) 464-7000 or email startsmart2017@mypinellasclerk.org

To view the 1st event press release, click here

To view the 2nd event press release, click here

To view the 3rd event press release, click here

Frequently Asked Questions:


1. What are the dates of this event?
2. Who qualifies to participate in this event?
3. Will you waive the collection fees for my tickets received in other Counties?
4. Can I pay on a single case/citation or do all cases/citations need to be paid in order to participate in this event?
5. Are all fines being waived?
6. Can I be placed on a payment plan?
7. What types of payment will be accepted?
8. Can I take part in this event by calling in to have my fees waived?
9. I have to work and can’t make it to any of the locations during your operating hours; will you have extended hours?
10. How can I find out the amount of money I owe without the collection fees?
11. Can I make partial payments towards my base fine/costs and late fees now, and then when the event comes around have my remaining collection fees waived?


1. What are the dates of this event?

Monday, February 27 – Friday, March 10, 2017 (excluding weekends) during regular business hours 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Open until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday of each week at the Pinellas County Justice Center only).

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2. Who qualifies to participate in this event?

Anyone with a Pinellas County case that’s gone unpaid for more than 90 days and had additional ‘collection’ fees assessed. **Please note that base fine amounts and late fees will need to be paid in full.

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3. Will you waive the collection fees for my tickets received in other Counties?

No. This will apply only to Pinellas County cases.

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4. Can I pay on a single case/citation or do all cases/citations need to be paid in order to participate in this event?

It’s your choice. You may pay on a single case or take advantage of the savings by paying on as many as you would like.

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5. Are all fines being waived?

No. Only unpaid collection fees are being waived. Base fine amounts and late fees need to be paid in full.

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6. Can I be placed on a payment plan?

No. In order to take advantage of the substantial discount(s), the base fine and any late fees will need to be paid in full.

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7. What types of payment will be accepted?

We will accept cash, check, money order or credit card.

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8. Can I take part in this event by calling in to have my fees waived?

No. It will be necessary for you to come in person to one of our locations listed below to take advantage of this savings event:

  • North County Branch – 29582 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater, FL
  • Clerk’s Tyrone Branch – 1800 66th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL
  • Pinellas County Justice Center – 14250 49th St. N., Clearwater, FL

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9. I have to work and can’t make it to any of the locations during your operating hours; will you have extended hours?

Yes. Extended hours will be offered at the Pinellas County Justice Center location ONLY. During the two week event, the Pinellas County Justice Center located at 14250 49th St. N. in Clearwater will remain open until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.

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10. How can I find out the amount of money I owe without the collection fees?

You may call our Customer Information Center Monday – Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., at 727-464-7000 to obtain an estimate of what would be due after the collection fees have been waived. **Please note this will only be an estimate.

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11. Can I make partial payments towards my base fine/costs and late fees now, and then when the event comes around have my remaining collection fees waived?

Yes.

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For more information, please call (727) 464-7000 or email startsmart2017@mypinellasclerk.org.

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