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

  • If your traffic citation is newly issued the Circuit Clerk's office may not have opened a case yet.  Please give 2 business days for the police agencies to send citation information to our office before making an inquiry.
  • Have citation or case number ready to access information.
  • Your court date may be advanced by filing a motion, but not pushed to a later date.
  • A Judge may issue a conviction if you miss a court date.  You may file a motion to request a new court date after receiving a conviction upon payment of $40.  A new court date will be issued to you.
  • 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.
  • Your driver's license, if taken as bond, will be returned within 30 days of receipt of payment.
  • 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.
  • If you plead guilty, you may pay by online or 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

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