For many, outstanding court debt has become a source of ongoing stress and financial hardship. In
some cases, additional court costs resulting of court and jail time increase the stress.
program offers assistance to residents and non-residents of Lee County who need to retire their
delinquent court debt, as well as obtain a driver’s license, work permit, or renew vehicle registration.
Some may not qualify for driver’s license reinstatement at this time but may be eligible for a payment
plan through our office.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. Though sometimes you may have to set up more
than one CAPP if each county offers the plans.
No. You must pay out-of-state fines to remove those holds
on your license.
Yes, provided you have an unpaid court fine that has
caused your license to be suspended.
Write a letter to the court describing your financial situation and including your case numbers. Only the court has
authority to approve community service as payment of
fines. Community service is credited at the federal
minimum wage, currently $7.25 per hour. If you are on a
CAPP plan, you must make money payments in addition to
any community service you may perform.
North Lee County Clerk of Court:
701 Avenue F
Fort Madison, IA 52627
South Lee County Clerk of Court:
25 N 7th Street
Keokuk, IA 52632
North Lee County Clerk of Court: (319) 372-5773
South Lee County Clerk of Court: (319) 524-2433
Lee County Attorney Collections: (319) 526-8568
When the DOT hands you your license.
Filing a CAPP plan is only one step in the process of
restoring your driver’s license. The Clerk typically requires
a day or two to set the plan up on the court’s system. The
Court then notifies the DOT to withdraw the suspensions
against your license for the cases included in the CAPP
plan. This process is usually fairly quick. It may take two
weeks for DOT to clear your license.
Calling us or them
will not speed up that process.
To register a vehicle in Iowa you must have a compliance
check done to see if you are current in your payment plan(s). Please complete the form
Iowa law allows you to enter five (5) CAPP plans in a
A wage assignment is an agreement where you authorize
your employer to deduct payments from your checks and
send them in for you. Your wage assignment will include
ALL delinquent court debt you owe in Lee County, plus
any other cases and DOT civil penalties that may be part
of a CAPP. A wage assignment works like an informal
garnishment, but is typically not as harsh. We will work
with you to set a reasonable payment.
Your payments should come in as long as you keep your
job. But it is your responsibility to monitor your pay
stubs, especially right after submitting a wage assignment,
and to verify that your payments are arriving.
Few employers will not accept wage assignments. If that
happens you will be responsible for making payments on
Your wage assignment with us WILL NOT include
amounts due on new cases with court-ordered pay plans
or cases in which you have a plan set up with the
Department of Revenue. You will be responsible for
complying with those plans in addition to the terms of our