Delinquent Criminal/Civil Fines and Fees (DCF)
The DCF group is a small group within Treasury that focuses on collection of Court ordered fines and fees, Business Personal Property Taxes, and misc. receivables owed to the Municipality of Anchorage.
The caseload of unresolved DCF cases typically includes the following fines and fees:
- Criminal Fines
- Traffic Citation and Minor Offense fines
- Cost of Imprisonment fees
- Indigent Defense fees
- (Anchorage Municipal) Code Enforcement fines
The majority of the DCF caseload relates to unpaid minor offenses/traffic citations and criminal fines. Many of the DCF cases involve repeat offenders, and cases date back several years. Nearly all DCF cases involve court-ordered fines and/or default judgments. A judgment entered in a criminal case requires the payment of various charges to the Alaska Court at various due dates. The DCF group collects an average of $5 million per year in Court ordered fines and fees with the staff itself averaging over $600,000 per year (excluding PFD garnishments) on these cases.
The Scofflaw Ordinance as passed in 2008 ( AO 2007-161 ) and amended in 2023 ( AO 2023-67 (S-1)), allows for the seizure and impoundment of any vehicle driven by a person with more than $2,500 in outstanding delinquent traffic citations (a "Scofflaw"). The names of these individuals are published on the
Scofflaw List, and through impound, the vehicles that were being driven have been removed from the streets through the support and assistance of the Anchorage Police Department.
The Administration is committed to ensuring that Scofflaws face full consequence. Accordingly, Treasury implemented a full payment policy on May 1, 2010, and stopped accepting partial, in-person payments from Scofflaws at the DCF public payment counter located in City Hall. Instead, Scofflaws are informed that they must pay all delinquent traffic fines in full with GUARANTEED FUNDS. The following forms of payment are accepted
cash, cashier's check or money order to be immediately removed from the Scofflaw list. Scofflaws only able to make partial payments are directed to our 3rd party collection agency, where payment arrangements can be made.
To learn more about the Scofflaw Ordinance,
DCF Collection Methods
As we strive to enhance public safety and compliance with the law, we continue to explore additional collection options. Currently, the MOA mails a FINAL DEMAND letter to the last known mailing address of all debtors who have outstanding DCF cases. The balance due on the Demand letter represents the unpaid delinquent charges that have been transferred to the MOA
at the time of mailing. The MOA may not send additional correspondence regarding the outstanding amount due. Since a judgment entered in a criminal case requires the payment of various charges to the Alaska Court on various due dates, it is the debtor’s responsibility to monitor the various due dates specified on the judgment. A debtor may choose to review their due dates by looking up their case on the Alaska Court System website at
https://courts.alaska.gov. The example
shown here can be found on the Financial Dockets tab of your online case record.
If payment-in-full is not made by the due date of the FINAL DEMAND letter, the MOA will refer any remaining balance on the case to our 3rd party collection agency for collection action. Pursuant to Ordinance
AO 2010-80, collection fees will become the responsibility of the debtor. The ordinance mandates that a collection fee is to be added by the collection agency onto the balance of each DCF case referred, based on the negotiated compensation rate in the MOA's vendor contract. This will result in cost to the debtor if a DCF case is not paid in full prior to account referral.
For example: $225.00 outstanding DCF case balance would become approximately $304.07 upon referral
Any action taken by the MOA or the collection agency can be avoided by paying the full amount owed on all outstanding DCF cases prior to the case being referred.
A DCF debtor has had many opportunities to pay the outstanding case balance, prior to referral to our 3rd party collection agency, such as paying the fine or fee:
- In a timely manner to the originating department
- Directly to the Court
- Upon receipt of the FINAL DEMAND from the DCF section of Treasury
To determine if your case has been referred to our collection agency,
click here to search the DCF Database. The database is updated on a daily basis. Case status designated by the words "At Collection Agency " have been referred, and you
MUST contact the designated collection agency directly to make a payment, as there may be additional fees associated with your case, pursuant to AO 2010-80, that are not reflected in our database.
Collection Agency Contact Information:
Professional Credit Services (PCS)
P.O Box 7548
Springfield, OR 97477
Toll Free Number: (866) 254-2993
Web Site: https://www.professionalcredit.com/
Professional Credit Service Mobile App
Money Gram - Receiver Code 3434 - PCS
**Note - PCS account is required to pay
The MOA will not accept payments for cases that have been referred to our 3rd party collection agency.
If a payment on a referred case is mailed or delivered to the MOA rather than to the collection agency, significant delays may occur, and your payment may not be processed in a timely fashion.
click here to view your payment options.