Will bankruptcy under chapter 7 discharge my parking tickets and unpaid dmv fee?

Asked over 2 years ago - Los Angeles, CA

I owe a bunch of parking tickets and a registration fee to the dmv. Can I discharge this in a chapter 7 bankruptcy?

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  1. Walter C Oney Jr

    Contributor Level 17
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    Answered . I think no. A parking ticket is a "fine, penalty, or forfeiture" that would be non-dischargeable under 523(a)(7). If you owe money to the DMV for a registration fee, I suppose you could discharge that in bankruptcy. But then you wouldn't be able to renew the registration, either -- this is a fee for a service. You can't get the service if you don't pay the fee.

    You didn't ask about it, but you CAN force the DMV to renew your license or registration if the only thing holding it up is the unpaid parking tickets. (At least here in MA you can.)

  2. Dorothy G Bunce


    Contributor Level 20


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . Probably. Most minor infractions can be discharged in Chapter 7.

    Hope this perspective helps!

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Bankruptcy is a legal way for people or businesses who are no longer capable of paying back their bills to clear these debts and start over.

Debt discharge

Debt discharge is when a debtor is no longer responsible for paying off some or all of a debt. This discharge can occur for some types of debts in bankruptcy.

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