Traffic Division

You may visit the traffic division during the office hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday (drive-thru is open until 5:00 pm) and 8:00 am to noon on Friday.  The phone number is (419) 352-5263, extension 1 for the Clerk’s Office, then extension 1 again for the criminal/traffic division.

Traffic violations handled in this court range from speeding offenses to driving under the influence of alcohol cases.  The violations bureau handles payouts of waiverable traffic offenses.  In those instances, the case is considered concluded upon receipt of the waiver amount.


Court costs are a minimum $90.00 for all cases (including charges that can be waived).  In some cases there may be additional fees charged.

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The deputy clerks can not reschedule or continue any type of court hearing over the telephone at any time.


What to expect when you arrive at court, and general information on the arraignment process is explained.  The following offenses require a court appearance:

-Drag Racing

-Driving Under Suspension or Revocation

-Driving Without Being Licensed To Drive (unless expired for less than 6 months)

-Eluding or Fleeing a Police Officer

-Leaving the Scene of an Accident

-Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs of Abuse

-Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Prohibited Alcohol Concentration

-Third Moving Traffic Violation Within a Twelve-Month Period

-Vehicular Homicide

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Failure to appear in court as required will result in the issuance of a warrant for your arrest and the court will notify the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles of your failure to appear.  The BMV will withhold the issuance or renewal of your driver’s license and registration, and suspend your driving privileges until the case is concluded.


Payments can be made by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, debit card, money order, certified check, personal check (up to $500), or cash.  Be sure to include the case number that you are making a payment on, or the front and back of the signed waiver slip that you are paying.


The law requires all Ohio drivers to maintain financial responsibility.  Law enforcement officers must ask for proof of insurance at each traffic stop.  If you did show proof of financial responsibility to the officer, your ticket should indicate “yes” in the “financial responsibility proof shown” section.  If you did not show insurance on the road, or your ticket indicates “no”, you will need to take further steps to avoid a license suspension.

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Some minor misdemeanor offenses may be concluded by paying a waiver amount and not appearing in court.

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