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Sheriff’s office now accepts credit and debit for cash bail
by Tribune Staff
May 15, 2011 | 710 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — Effective this month, consumers will have the option to make their cash bail payments by credit or debit card through a new service called GovPayNet.

GovPayNet allows major credit and debit cards for cash bail 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the jail, online at or by phone at 877-EZBAIL5. Cardholders can make payments on their own behalf or on behalf of friends or family. They need only know some basic information about the arrestee and the bail amount. GovPayNet’s dedicated, bilingual bail specialists are available around the clock for cardholders who require additional assistance.

Cardholders pay a fee to GovPayNet at the time of their transaction. There is no fee to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office for participation in the GovPayNet basic service, and enhanced participation also is available upon request. Improving the convenience of bail transactions with the sheriff’s office means more frequent and timely payments. By expediting the legal release of arrestees, agencies can anticipate increased revenue and reduced expenses.

“This will help keep people who have been granted bail from spending a night or weekend in jail, when banks are closed or they don’t have access to a lot of cash,” said WCSO Assistant Sheriff Lisa Haney, who is head of the Detention Bureau, “and that will save taxpayers money and increase our agency’s efficiency.”

GovPayNet accepts major credit, debit and pre-paid debit card brands, such as MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover. The consumer pays the fee for using the service and on the next business day, GovPayNet reconciles the day’s payment with the government office and then electronically forwards payment in full to the agency’s bank account.

More than 1,400 agencies in more than 40 states use GovPayNet to process payments from nearly a million consumers annually. In 2010, GovPayNet processed more than $130 million in payments to government agencies. For more company information, visit the website at or call GovPayNet toll-free at 888-561-7888.
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