Payment of Traffic Citations by Mail and Application for Court Supervision without a Court Appearance:
Certain minor violations may be paid to the Circuit Court Clerk without going to Court.
All drivers under the age of 21 must appear in court if Court Supervision is requested by the defendant. Defendants under 18 requesting Court Supervision must appear with a parent or guardian.
If you are charged with a violation that does not require a Court Appearance (Supreme Court Rule 529a), you may pay such violation by mail or in person at the Clerk’s office.
You may pay this ticket in person by appearing at the office of the
Circuit Court Clerk
505 N. County Farm Road
Monday to Friday (except legal holidays) between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM, seven (7) working days after the ticket was issued by the police agency and at least four (4) working days prior to the assigned court date. The Clerk will accept cash, check, money order and credit cards. If you pay by credit card, the clerk shall collect a service fee of $4.00 for any payment less than $200.00. If the amount due is $200.00 or greater, an additional service fee of 2% will be collected.
If you Fail to Appear:
Notice of Consent for Entry of Judgment (Conviction)
If you do not satisfy the charge(s) against you prior to the date set for your appearance, and you do not submit a plea of guilty to the Circuit Clerk either by mail, in person, or online, at least three (3) business days before that date, and you fail to answer the charge(s) or appear in court when required, you thereby consent to the entry of a judgment of conviction against you in the amount of the statutory fine(s), plus the assessment in the applicable schedule for the charged offense(s) as provided in the Criminal and Traffic Assessment Act (705 ILCS 135/1 et seq). The total amount assessed may be greater than the amount assessed on a pre-court guilty plea, as discussed above. Any cash bail or other security you have deposited will be applied toward payment. If you are an Illinois Driver and you fail to pay in full any judgments imposed, a notice will be sent to the Secretary of State and your driver's license will not be renewed, reissued or reclassified, until full payment is received.
The type of bond that you have posted is marked on the front side of the ticket in the "BOND" section. The result of your failure to appear or to pay this ticket is determined by the BOND TYPE identified below and whether your ticket is marked "COURT APPEARANCE REQUIRED" or if you receive a notice from the Circuit Court Clerk that "THIS IS A MUST APPEAR Violation."
Types of Bonds:
1. Full Cash Bond
2. 10% Cash Bond
A Judgment [Conviction] may be entered for the FULL amount of the bond and/or the Court may issue a warrant for your arrest. Any cash deposited will be applied toward the judgment.
3. Illinois Driver's License
A Judgment [Conviction] may be entered against you for the fine, penalties and costs as provided in the "Notice of Consent for Entry of Judgment [Conviction]", OR your driving privileges may be suspended as a result of the conviction entered and/or the Court may issue a warrant for your arrest.
4. Bond Card
5. Bond Deposited on Multiple Tickets arising from the same Incident
[See front side for Ticket Number] Bond posted on one ticket may cover all tickets. Bond conditions remain in force until all tickets have been resolved.
6. No Bond
You were unable to post bond with the arresting officer at the time this ticket was issued.
7. Notice to Appear
A Judgment [Conviction] may be entered against you for the fine, penalties and costs as provided in the "Notice of Consent for Entry of Judgment [Conviction)", OR the Court may issue a warrant for your arrest.
8. Promise to Comply
[Out of state drivers only] A notice of suspension of your driving privileges will be sent to the State that issued your driver’s license OR a Judgment [Conviction] may be entered against you for the fine, penalties and costs as provided in the "Notice of Consent for Entry of Judgment [Conviction)" and/or the Court may issue a warrant for your arrest.
9. Individual or Personal Recognizance Bond
A Judgment [Conviction] may be entered against you for the fine, penalties and costs as provided in the "Notice of Consent for Entry of Judgment [Conviction]", OR a bond forfeiture judgment may be entered for the FULL amount of the bond and/or the Court may issue a warrant for your arrest. Any subsequent bond posted by you will be used to satisfy any bond forfeiture judgment entered against you.
IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE YOUR FIRST COURT DATE NOTICE WITHIN 20 DAYS OF THE DATE THAT THE TICKET WAS ISSUED:
Court Supervision is a method in which the judge withholds entry of a Judgment (Conviction) on your reportable (moving) violation upon your plea of guilty. This action is conditioned on the fact that you do not receive any additional tickets within 90 days. (Your appearance is not normally required.) If you do not receive another ticket within the 90 days, your case is then dismissed. A report of supervision is sent to the Secretary of State where it will be considered "privileged information, available only (i) to the affected driver and (ii) for use by the courts, police officers, prosecuting authorities, and the secretary of state." (625 ILCS 5/6-204(d)). The Court Supervision remains on the records of the Circuit Court Clerk.
If you received multiple moving [reportable] violation tickets arising out of this incident and wish to apply for Court Supervision, you must appear in court at the date, time and location set by the Clerk.
If you meet the above criteria and your application for Court Supervision is accepted by a Judge, you will be placed on Court Supervision for 90 days.
Public Act 88-315, effective 1-1-94, permits a violator who receives a traffic citation for Failure to Carry Proof of Insurance to appear in the Office of the Circuit Court Clerk, present an original proof of insurance in effect at the time of the issuance of the citation, execute a sworn affidavit and be excused from any further appearances in court on that charge. Other tickets issued at the same time with the Failure to Carry Proof of Insurance ticket that normally would be payable without Court Appearance may now be paid. If you are contesting the remaining charges, you may be required to post bond.
If you wish to contest [plead not guilty] the charges that were issued to you by the police officer or if you desire time to consult with an attorney, you must appear in court at the location and on the date and time set forth in the notice mailed to you by the Circuit Court Clerk. Failure to appear will result in the entry of a Judgment [Conviction] against you as set forth in the "Notice of Consent for Entry of Judgment [Conviction]".
Hours: Monday through Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Except Legal Holidays
DuPage Judicial Center
505 North County Farm Road
Wheaton, Illinois 60187-0735