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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Traffic Citations Frequently Asked Questions

I paid my ticket to the officer. Why did I get a notice of court date?
When you pay the officer, you are posting bond. The clerk has no authority to take your bond money without your request. If your appearance is not required, you can fill out either the guilty plea or the affidavit for court supervision and mail it to the Clerk’s office. We must receive it prior to 4 business days before your court date.

Where can I obtain a payment by mail booklet?
Booklets describing the payment by mail option can be obtained from any DuPage County police agency or viewed online.

What forms of payment do you take?
We accept cash, personal checks, money orders, cashier’s checks. With the proper authorization form, we will accept VISA, Mastercard and Discover at the Clerk’s office, field court or through the mail. Payment CANNOT be made over the phone.

What is your mailing address?
If you are using regular mail, our address is:
Circuit Court Clerk, P.O.Box 707. Wheaton, IL 60189-0707
If you are using a deliver service (FedEx, etc.), our address is:
Circuit Court Clerk, 505 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL 60187

How long does it take to get my driver’s license back after sending in a payment?
Once we receive a payment in our office, we must match it to the appropriate case. The payment will be held until the ticket has arrived from the police department. It is normal procedure for your license to be mailed back within two weeks from the application of the payment to the ticket.

I can’t make my court date. What do I do?
It is very important that you appear in court on the date and time assigned. If you do not show up, the judge has many options ranging from continuing your case, finding you guilty and assessing fines & costs, to issuing a warrant for your arrest. If it is the first court date for the case, the clerk can issue a continuance if you request it in person or in writing (no faxes), no less than 4 business days prior to the court date. If it is not your first court date, you may try to have someone you know show up for you. It is no guarantee that the judge will continue your case, but they can explain the circumstances.

I missed my court date. What now?
Call our office at (630) 407-8600 2 days after the court date and we will explain your options depending on the action of the judge.