criminal Division - infraction deferral program

The Infraction Deferral Program is offered by the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office for infraction cases.  If you comply with the conditions of the program, the case is dismissed and notice of the violation is not sent to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV).  Not all infractions are eligible for the program.

If you meet the eligibility requirements for the program, you will be required to sign a contract stating you will not receive another violation for the duration of the contract.  The length of the contract and cost vary depending on the type of infraction.  You will not be required to pay the fine for the ticket if you sign up for the Infraction Deferral Program.

To sign up, the Defendant must appear in person with identification or a driver’s license, at the Infraction Deferral window, located at the address below.  You are not required to attend the court date shown at the bottom of your ticket if you sign up for the Infraction Deferral Program prior to that date.  If you choose to attend your court date, you may be referred to the Infraction Deferral Program, if eligible.

The cost of the program and the length of the contract depends on the type of violation.  Below is a list of the most common.  If your offense is not listed here, please contact the IDP office at (260) 449-3302 to determine your eligibilty or email at

  Type of Violation   Length of Contract   Program Cost
  Adult Seatbelt Violation   2 months   $23.00
  Speeding   6 months   $172.50
  Most Moving Violations   6 months   $172.50
  Most Non-Moving Violations
  (no insurance, expired plate)
  6 months   $102.50
  Possession of Paraphernalia   12 months   $162.00
  Operating While Suspended   12 Months   $232.50

The Infraction Deferral Program is located at:

The Criminal Justice Center
101 East Superior Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Window Hours: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday, closed holidays
Infraction Deferral Telephone Number: (260) 449-3302 *

 * This phone line is very busy, therefore, please leave your name and phone number and someone will call you back within 24 hours.