Traffic Citations

Traffic Citations

Direct all questions regarding your traffic court appearance to:

Clerk of the Circuit Court 
14 W. Jefferson Street 
Joliet, IL 60432 
PH: (815) 727-8592

  • You must allow 15 days to obtain information from the date of issue of the citation before contacting the Circuit Court. 
  • Have citation or case number ready to access information 
  • Your court date may be changed in advance. Contact the Circuit Clerk's office 5 days after receiving the citation.  After the court date has passed, contact the Circuit Clerk's office within 48 hours and inquire how to proceed.  You cannot post bond for your driver's license until a case number is assigned. 
  • The court date appears on the bottom of the citation. If no court date appears on your citation, contact the Police Department in the municipality where you received the ticket within 48 hours.
  • If you pay by mail and plead guilty, your driver's license will be returned within 30 days of receipt of the payment for the citation. 
  • If you plead not guilty, you may request a bench/jury trial by mail 10 business days prior to the court date - notification will be issued through the mail by the Circuit Clerk. TRAFFIC TICKET INSTRUCTIONS FORM
  • If you plead guilty, you may pay by mail and request driver safety school no later than 5 business days prior to your assigned court date. TRAFFIC TICKET INSTRUCTIONS FORM.

Moving Violations Involving Minors

Please note, effective 1-1-08 and pursuant to Public Act 95-310:

Defendants under the age of 18 who are charged with moving violations may not receive a disposition of court supervision unless they personally appear in court with their parent or guardian.   The parent or guardian must execute a written consent before the Judge.

Uninsured Motorist

If you received a citation for operating a vehicle without insurance because you failed to have proof of your insurance with you, you may present a valid insurance card, vehicle registration and signed affidavit at the court house and that ticket will be dismissed. The insurance must have been in effect when the citation was issued. Mandatory Insurance Affidavit

Traffic Forms
Fee Waiver Packet

Multiple Forms Necessary to Request a Waiver of Court Fees in Criminal/Traffic Cases Only

Fee Waiver Packet