Acceptance of credit card or debit card for payment of money owed to court; payment of fee for use of credit card or debit card.
A court in this State may enter into contracts with issuers of credit cards or debit cards to provide for the acceptance of credit cards or debit cards by the court for the payment of money owed to the court for a fee, fine, administrative assessment, restitution or any other charge owed to the court.
If the issuer charges the court a fee for each use of a credit card or debit card, the court may require the cardholder to pay a convenience fee. The total convenience fees charged by the court in a fiscal year must not exceed the total amount of fees charged to the court by the issuer in that fiscal year.
As used in this section:
“Cardholder” means the person or organization named on the face of a credit card or debit card to whom or for whose benefit the credit card or debit card is issued by an issuer.
“Convenience fee” means a fee paid by a cardholder to a court for the convenience of using a credit card or debit card to make a payment to the court.
“Credit card” means any instrument or device, whether known as a credit card or credit plate, or by any other name, issued with or without a fee by an issuer for the use of the cardholder in obtaining money, property, goods, services or anything else of value on credit.
“Debit card” means any instrument or device, whether known as a debit card or by any other name, issued with or without a fee by an issuer for the use of the cardholder in depositing, obtaining or transferring funds.
“Issuer” means a business organization, financial institution or authorized agent of a business organization or financial institution that issues a credit card or debit card.