This post is for informational purposes only. We are a law firm and CANNOT pay your Cook County traffic ticket.
The Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County provides the following website that will allows you to pay certain traffic tickets for a conviction, request traffic school (if you are eligible) or request a court date: CLICK HERE.
This website currently does NOT allow you to pay fines that were assessed in court. It can only be used prior to your court appearance within the timeframe allowed, which is usually listed in the instructions on the back of your ticket (typically 14-21 days from date of issuance). You cannot use the system for tickets that are marked “Must Appear”.
However, it often takes a minimum of 2-3 weeks for traffic tickets to appear in the Cook County Clerk’s system. If you are UNABLE to find your ticket, you can attempt to contact the Clerk’s Office by phone or it is recommended that you visit the Clerk’s Office in-person at the appropriate court house. Be sure to have your citation number and/or driver’s license number available.
Paying a ticket online is NOT recommended as it will result in a conviction for the offense, which will be reported to the Illinois Secretary of State. The conviction will appear on your public driving record. This means that the offense will count toward a license suspension and it will be available to your insurance company.
If you believe that you are eligible for Traffic Safety School, you can make that request online. However, if you are not eligible for Traffic Safety School (i.e. based on your prior record) or if you fail to complete the course successfully, a conviction will be entered. You may be able to avoid Traffic Safety School and a conviction by appearing in court.
In order to keep a clean record and ensure the best result possible, you may wish to consult with an Illinois traffic attorney prior to paying your ticket. Paying your ticket has long-term costs that an attorney may be able to avoid. The Chicago traffic attorneys at The Davis Law Group, P.C. have decades of experience handling Cook County Traffic Tickets and Chicago Traffic Tickets. Contact us today if you are seeking legal representation on your Illinois traffic citation.