Unless you have a good reason, the case will probably not be taken out of collections.
There is an option though, but it is complicated and time consuming . File a "Serna" motion, and when the judge refuses to hear it or likely does not grant it, you can file a writ, which may overturn the judge's decision. This is quite difficult for a non-lawyer to do, however.
Perhaps you can try to set up a payment plan with the collection agency.
In contra costs county, no. The only thing you can do is pay it off. You can do payments but they won't release the hold on your license until you pay in full.
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No judge anywhere is going to talk to you about this. Judges don't hold audience with people who don't pay their bills. For this to have gone to collections you must have ignored the obligation for a long time. The best you can hope for right now is a payment plan.