For many people, outstanding Court debt has become a financial hardship.  This could result in suspension of driver’s license, non-renewal of vehicle registration, contempt charges, or even jail time.

There are two payment programs available through the Des Moines County Attorney’s Office for persons having delinquent Court obligations due to the State of Iowa Clerk of Court.

Driver’s License Reinstatement Program (CAPP – County Attorney Pay Plan)

This program allows you to reinstate your driver’s license by consolidating payments on all unpaid traffic fines that are suspending your license.  A CAPP allows you to drive, with your license, while you pay off delinquent fines. You can check your driver’s license status at: Iowa DOT

Due to new legislation, cases from defaulted CAPPs are now eligible for reinstatement into new CAPPs.  However, there is still a maximum of 5 CAPPS in your lifetime.

Non-driver’s License Payment Plan

This plan is for those who do not need, or may not qualify for the CAPP program. This program allows weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly payments. We can all so help with the yearly renewal of registration of vehicle(s), and can help avoid future contempt charges and garnishments of wages.

Payment plans must remain in good standing, and are subject to program rules and Iowa Code §331.756 and §602.8107 


  • The ease of one payment for all your delinquent Des Moines County cases.
  • Renewal of vehicle registration.
  • Avoid contempt charges.
  • Avoid garnishment of wages.
  • One-on-one personal assistance from our collections staff.

Requirements for License Reinstatement:

  • Child support must be current for driver’s license reinstatement.
  • Must obtain and maintain liability insurance (Auto Insurance) for license reinstatement.
  • Must not have any pending criminal charges or open warrants.


  • Payments using cash, checks, or money order must be paid at the Clerk of Court located at 513 N. Main St, Burlington, IA 52601.
  • Debit card payments may be made at the Clerk of Court, the Des Moines County Attorney’s Office or Iowa Courts Online Payment Search.

The Check Offender Program

The Check Offender Program attempts to divert first time bad check writers out of the court system and gives them the opportunity to make restitution to merchants. This program returns funds to area merchants efficiently, allows police and sheriff offices to use their resources to investigate more serious crimes, and keeps the court dockets shorter to handle more serious cases.

The  CHECK OFFENDER PROGRAM PACKET gives additional information on using the Check Offender Program, it also provides the CERTIFIED NOTICE, AFFIDAVIT OF PROBABLE CAUSE, and MERCHANT'S AGREEMENT, which are all required for the program.

The Truancy Task Force Program

The Truancy Task Force Program includes all schools in Des Moines County, the County Attorneys Office, and area Law Enforcement working together as a team to keep kids off the streets and in school.

The Drug Diversion Program - Addiction Services

The Drug Diversion Program - Addiction Services objective is clear, either get help and treatment or go to jail. This program is for first time drug users who can enroll in a diversion program of education, counseling and random drug testing under supervision and at their expense or be confined to jail. This program is another approach to the drug problem in Des Moines County, we not only work at arresting drug dealers, we are working to reduce the demand for drugs and thereby remove dealers from our community.

Courtroom to Classroom

Presentations are given, by prosecutors from the Des Moines County Attorney's Office, to area schools or groups as requested. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Bullying
  • Government
  • Drugs
  • How Crime Impacts Victims
  • Open and Honest Answers about the Juvenile Court System
  • "It's an attitude thing" Practical tips when dealing with law enforcement

If there is a particular topic you are interested in having presented to a group, please contact the County Attorney's Office to schedule a presentation.

Other Programs

  • Child Protection Team
  • Drug Endangered Child Team
  • Landlord Tenant Law
    Regarding evicting a resident who has violated Iowa law