Village of Arlington Heights

Village between the lanes

Frequently Asked Questions

Clerk of Courts / Traffic Citations

Q: There is a court date at the bottom of the citation, do I have to appear in court?
A: The only time you must appear in court is if the citation has been marked "Mandatory Court Appearance Required." If this box is not check, you may pay the citation, before the court date or appear in court on the day specified.

Q: What are the in-person hours for paying a citation?
A: A Clerk of Court is available Monday - Friday 8am - 4pm
Closed Saturday, Sunday and most major holidays

Q: I work the same hours as the Clerk, how can I make a payment after hours?
A: An after-hours drop box is located on the east side of the Municipal Building next to the Clerk of Court's door, Please enclose acceptable payment, with your signed citation in a sealed envelope. Enclose copy of insurance card if not presented at time of the citation.

If a mandatory court appearance is not required, payment may also be mailed to:

Village of Arlington Heights
Clerk of Courts
601 Elliott Avenue
Arlington Heights, Ohio 45215

Q: What forms of payment are acceptable?
A: Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, and Discover), cash, money orders, cashier's checks and personal checks. Money orders, cashier's checks and personal check make payable to Village of Arlington Heights. NOTE: A personal check returned by your bank, will result in a warrant being issued for your arrest.

Q: Do I need to turn in the citation with my payment?
A: Yes. Please read the back of the citation and fill out the bottom section.

Q: How long do I have to pay my citation?
A: The citation has to be paid by the court date listed at the bottom of the citation. If the citation is not paid by that date, you must appear in court on the listed date. Failure to appear in court will result in a warrant and a driver's license forfeiture being issued.

Q: I need more time to pay my citation. What can I do?
A: You must see the Clerk of Courts in person, to request a continuance. A single 2 week continuance may be granted by the Clerk of Courts. If additional time is required, then you must appear in court to make your request for additional time. Continuance  request must be handled in person, and not on the phone.

Q: I did not have my insurance card available at the time of the citation. What must I do?
A: You must provide a copy of a valid insurance card, for the date of the citation, when making your payment, either at the Clerk of Courts office, by mail, using the drop-box or during your court appearance. Failure to provide proof of insurance will subject your driver's license to forfeiture by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.