The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois
 

Payment of Traffic Citations by Mail

and Application for Court Supervision without a Court Appearance

READ CAREFULLY TO DETERMINE IF YOU CAN PAY THIS TICKET WITHOUT GOING TO COURT 

Certain minor violations may be paid to the Circuit Court Clerk without going to Court.
All driver's 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.

Some violations cannot be paid and you must appear in court, namely the following offenses:  

  1. All driver's 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. 
  2. Tickets marked COURT APPEARANCE REQUIRED;
  3. Speeding violations in excess of 30 MPH over the posted speed limit;
  4. Driver's license or driver’s permit violations;
  5. Passing a stopped school bus or speeding in a posted work construction zone or speeding in a school zone;
  6. All violations which are a Class A or B misdemeanor;
  7. All violations for which an appearance is required by Supreme Court Rule 551.

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 or www.dupagecase.com 

To Pay By Mail 

  • Pay $120.00 for all minor violations.
  • Pay $140.00 for speeding of 21 to 30 MPH over the posted speed limit.
  • Pay $60.00 for a violation of the Seat Belt Law.
  • Pay by valid check or money order [payable to the Circuit Court Clerk] or if you have posted a cash bond in the amount sufficient to cover the penalty as required above, you may check the box on your plea of guilty or application for court supervision to apply the posted bond for this violation. If your check is returned by your bank for any reason, you will be required to pay an additional statutory fee of $35.00 for the returned check.
  • If you pay by credit card, the clerk shall collect a service fee of $5.00 for any payment less than $250.00.   If the amount due is $250.00 or greater an additional service fee of 2% will be collected.
  • Read carefully, complete and sign either the Plea of Guilty Form or Application for Court Supervision Form.
  • Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of your driver’s license or bail bond card.
  • Mail these documents to:
         Circuit Court Clerk
         P.O. Box 707
         Wheaton, IL 60187-0735
    The documents must be received by the clerk at least four (4) working days prior to your assigned court date. Once payment has been received and accepted within this time frame, your appearance will not be required on the court date sent to you by the Circuit Court Clerk.
  • If the driver is under the age of 21 and chooses to plead guilty, mail in the guilty plea along with the $120.00 payment.  The guilty plea will be reported to the Secretary of State.

Pay in Person

You may pay this ticket in person by appearing at the office of the

Circuit Court Clerk
505 N. County Farm Road
Wheaton, Illinois 60187

Monday to Friday (except legal holidays) between the hours of 8:30 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 $5.00 for any payment less than $250.00. If the amount due is $250.00 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 a driver’s license, cash bail, bail bond certificate or individual bond was posted or if you were released on Notice to Appear or Promise to Comply and you were charged with any offense which does not require a court appearance. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT: In the event you fail to appear in Court or answer the charges on the date set for your court appearance, or any date to which the case has been continued, or you do not submit a written plea of guilty to the Clerk at least four (4) court days before the scheduled court date, you hereby consent to the entry of a judgment of conviction against you in the amount of the applicable fine, penalties and costs. The cash bail or other security deposited will be used for the fine, penalties and costs. If you are an Illinois Driver and you fail to pay in full any judgment imposed, a notice will be sent to the Illinois Secretary of State and your driver's license will not be renewed, re-issued or reclassified until full payment, including statutory interest, is paid to the DuPage County Circuit Court Clerk.

Bond Information

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

  • Full Cash Bond 
    1. No Court Appearance Required: 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]" found in this pamphlet.
      1. Court Appearance Required: 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]" found in this pamphlet, OR 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.
    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
      1. 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]" found in this pamphlet, 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 
      1. No Court Appearance Required: 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]" found in this pamphlet. Your issuing bond card company will be billed for the FULL amount of the judgment and your card will be forwarded to them upon payment.
      2. Court Appearance Required: 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]" found in this pamphlet. Your issuing bond card company will be billed for the FULL amount of the judgment and your card will be forwarded to them upon payment and/or the Court may issue a warrant for your arrest.
    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)" found in this pamphlet, 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)" found in this pamphlet 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]" found in this pamphlet, 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.

    Failure to Receive Notice

    IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE YOUR FIRST COURT DATE NOTICE WITHIN 20 DAYS OF THE DATE THAT THE TICKET WAS ISSUED: 

    1. Phone the Circuit Court Clerk’s office at (630) 407-8600 and advise the Deputy Clerk that you have not received your notice of first court date.
    2. Please have the following information available when you call the Clerk’s office:
      1. Ticket number
      2. Name of the police agency that issued the ticket.

    You can also go to the Clerk’s office at 505 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton, Illinois to handle this matter in person.

    Court Supervision without a Court Appearance

    Does not apply to drivers under the age of 21
    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.

    Eligibility for Court Supervision without a Court Appearance

    Does not apply to drivers under the age of 21You are eligible for court supervision if you meet the following criteria:

    1. This arrest incident resulted in only one moving [reportable] violation ticket being issued by the police officer. Seat belt or vehicle equipment tickets are not considered a moving [reportable] violation.
    2. You have not been convicted or placed on court supervision for any moving [reportable] violations within the 12 months prior to the issuance of this ticket.
    3. You sign the Affidavit for Court Supervision and pay the prescribed fine, penalties and costs for this offense as stated in paragraph [a] or [b] of this form. This affidavit must be sent with your payment; it cannot be sent in at a later date. 
    4. If you desire to change your plea, you must file a written motion and pay a filing fee of $40.00 with the Clerk and appear on the court date set by the Clerk.
    5. You understand that if you violate the law for another moving [reportable] violation within 90 days from the date that court supervision was granted, this court supervision may be revoked [after hearing] by the Court and a conviction entered against you and the report of conviction will be sent to the Secretary of State and entered on your driving record.

    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.

    You do not have to come to court unless you receive a notice from the Prosecutor stating that you received another ticket within the period of court supervision and the Prosecutor is seeking to have the court supervision revoked. 

    If you request a court date or must appear in Court

    1. A court appearance will be set, and you will be notified of the date by mail at the address shown on the ticket. If the address on the ticket is not correct or you move while your case is pending, you must notify the Circuit Court Clerk by mail or phone.
    2. THE FIRST COURT DATE notice by mail is the only notice that is automatically sent to you. It is your responsibility to record any future court dates. Any court dates you miss may result in additional fees charged for the mailing of notices.
    3. PLEASE READ BOTH SIDES OF THE TICKET as well as anything else that the police officer gives you. On tickets issued by "State Police" there are instructions entitled, "Avoid Multiple Court Appearances."
    4. TO AVOID APPEARING in court on the wrong date and time or in the wrong court location, read the notice of court date that is mailed to you by the Circuit Court Clerk.
    5. In DuPage County, there are five different court locations in which cases such as yours are heard. 
    6. KEEP YOUR TICKET, the notice of first court date, and any other court documents issued to you, and bring these documents with you every time you come to court on this case. We suggest that you keep all documents for a year after your case is disposed, as they may help you if any questions should arise.
    7. FAILURE TO APPEAR in court when required may become a more serious matter than the original charge. It can subject you to arrest, suspension of driving privileges and additional court costs and fees.
    8. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ON THE LAW you may want to obtain legal advice from an attorney. The Circuit Court Clerk or a Police Department cannot give legal advice. 

    Failure to Carry Proof of Insurance

    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.

    To Contest (Plead Not Guilty) the Charges Against You

    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
    8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    Except Legal Holidays

    DuPage County Judicial Center
    505 North County Farm Road
    Wheaton, Illinois 60187-0735

    (630) 407-8600