County Jail now accepting credit card payment for bail

Aug 15, 2014

The Snohomish County Jail now accepts credit card payment for bail.

Beginning last week, cash bail payments can be made for an inmate using GovPayNet®. GovPayNet accepts major credit, debit and prepaid debit cards for cash bail 24/7 online (www.GovPayNow.com) or by phone (1-877-EZBAIL5).

According to Sheriff's spokeswoman Shari Ireton, cardholders will pay a service fee — 7 percent of the bail total — at the time of the transaction. On-site payment methods remain unchanged as only cash, cashier’s checks or jail bonds are accepted at the jail facility.

Cardholders can make payments on their own behalf or on behalf of friends or family. They need to have the basic information about the arrestee and the bail amount, information which can be found on the Snohomish County Jail Registry.

Bilingual specialists are available around the clock for cardholder assistance, Ireton said.

More than 500 corrections systems nationally rely on GovPayNet to process bail and other criminal justice payments, which account for the majority of the nearly $200 million in payments the company handles annually for government agencies.

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