All traffic citations written in Stephenson County are processed by the Circuit Clerk’s Office. The circuit clerk also processes citations written for ordinance and conservation violations. Citations are received by the clerk and are entered into a computer system with a court date that has been previously specified by the arresting officer. Information on this page includes
Pay by cash, cashier’s check, certified check, or money order. No personal checks are accepted. (Do not send cash through the mail.) Mail payments to
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Traffic Department, call 815-235-8266 and press #1 at the prompt.
All traffic hearings are held at the
Stephenson County Courthouse
Traffic citations do not always require a court appearance. The officer will indicate on the face of the ticket whether a court appearance is necessary. When a traffic citation is issued and does not require a court appearance, the offender has three options in which to dispose of the ticket:
Plead guilty and pay the fine in person or by mail without going to court. (No personal checks.)
Plead not guilty, request a pre-trial or trial and appear in court.
Plead guilty, receive court supervision and attend traffic school without going to court.
Not everyone is eligible for option C. The offender is only eligible to receive court supervision without going to court if:
There will be no conviction reported to the secretary of state if court supervision was completed successfully. This will mean that