Blake Refund Bureau Opens

In 2021, the Washington State Supreme Court’s decision known as State v. Blake found the Washington law criminalizing drug possession unconstitutional.  The Blake Refund Bureau is now accepting applications to refund legal financial obligations (LFO) to people whose convictions were affected by the Blake decision.


Before you apply for an LFO refund from the Blake Refund Bureau, you need to:

  • Determine if you have a Blake-impacted criminal record.  For help determining if you qualify, review this eligibility guide from Civil Survival.
  • Ask the Court where you were convicted to vacate that conviction

Once you’ve completed these steps, you can apply for your refund at the Blake Refund Bureau’s application website.  If you need help with any of these steps, please contact the Blake Hotline at (360) 586-3164, Ext. 218.

For more information about the Blake decision and its impact, view this Fox13 Seattle report and/or review this guide provided by WashingtonLawHelp.