What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? Hawaii (living in Missouri now)
My husband recently received a notice from a collection agency---Municipal Services Bureau. The noticed indicated that he had an outstanding traffic ticket from July 1998---a few weeks from being 10 years ago. He recalls getting the ticket, but also says he believes he paid it. He left Hawaii in February 1999 and never heard a thing about it until a he got the notice. He’s never had any problems with his driver’s license since then. He has been pulled over and ticketed, but we had no indication that he may have outstanding tickets.
He called the Hawaii court about this and they told him what they had on file, but that they could not provide a copy of the signed ticket. They said he would need to talk to the collection agency about this. The clerk told him these old records were sold to this collection agency. They also told him there was no statute of limitations on the ticket.
What can we do in this circumstance? We do not have records for a ticket he thought he paid from 10 years ago. What legal right do they have to collect this debt that we beleive was paid, albeit no record? They have indicated failure to pay can result in a “hold” disabling him from renewing his driver’s license as well as having a warrant issued.