Welcome to the Online Ticket Payment Program for the Avon Lake Municipal Court. As part of an ongoing process of expanding services and incorporating technology in day-to-day operations, you can now pay eligible citations online. Tickets will not be in the system until AT LEAST 72 hours after they have been issued.

The Court will not accept payments over the phone, if you need to make a payment over the phone please call Lexis Nexis at 1-866-895-0198

** Please note that there will be a convenience fee assessed for online and phone payments.

Credit Cards

  • Payments up to $66.99 - $2.00 fee
  • Payments $67.00 and more - 3% fee

Debit Cards

  • $2.00 flat fee for all payments. (In person only)

Payment Instructions

Sign the reverse side and send with check or money order (NO CASH) made payable to:


The office is open from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday - Friday for all payments. A Drop Box is available at the Avon Lake Police Department for payments made after hours. Please call the court with any questions during working hours at 440-930-4103.

Payment of Citation Without Court Appearance (Waivers)

Ohio law allows certain traffic citations to be resolved by a Traffic Violations Bureau instead of appearing in Court. If your citation qualifies, payment can be made either in person, over the phone, via the mail, or online, as long as it is received by the Clerk's office prior to the Court date and time which can be found on the bottom of your citation or by accessing the record search information. You must pay the full amount, NO partial payment can be accepted.

Court records are updated every 24 hours, so if you forgot or missed your court date, you should check the status after that time. You may still qualify to pay. If you do not qualify for payment, you MUST appear in person at the Clerk's office as a warrant has already been issued for your arrest and/or notification to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles of a license forfeiture and/or block along with additional fees.

Multiple Violations on Citation(s)

The result of your search will display all cases relevant to that search. Tickets can contain up to seven (7) separate charges. If you are paying to waive a court appearance, make sure you are paying all the charges. Multiple cases per ticket are listed with letters after the case number (ex. TRD10000001A, TRD1000001B, TRD1000001C, etc.).

Proof of Insurance

Proof of insurance is a State of Ohio requirement. If you showed proof of insurance at the time of the offense, then you have complied with the State of Ohio requirements, no further action on your behalf is required. If you did not show proof of insurance at the time of the offense, the Court is required to notify the State of Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles who in turn will mail you a request for proof of insurance. Failure to comply will result in a suspension of your driving privileges. DO NOT SEND PROOF OF INSURANCE TO THE COURT AFTER PAYMENT.

Citations That Do Not Qualify

If a citation includes any mandatory offense, it is NOT payable online and a Court appearance is required. What follows is a list of offenses that cannot be paid online requiring a Court appearance:

  • Speeding in a School Zone (greater that 35 mph)
  • Any felony or indictable offense
  • Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs of abuse, or permitting another to do so
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • No Operator's License
  • Expired Operator License/Over 6 months
  • Expired Registration/Over 6 months
  • O.V.I.
  • Driving Under Suspension
  • Fictitious Plates/Operator's License
  • Permit Unlicensed Driver to Operate Motor Vehicle (Unlawful Entrustment)
  • Leaving the Scene of Accident
  • Falsification
  • Spill/Leak/Drop material on the roadway
  • Park Commercial Truck in residential area
  • Parking against traffic
  • Parking in a handicap space
  • Fleeing/Eluding
  • Fail to Yield to Emergency Vehicle
  • Railroad crossing when lights/gates down
  • Third Speed in 12-month period
  • Drag racing
  • Physical control
  • Illegal license plates
  • All Speeding offenses above 87 MPH
  • Passing a school bus
  • Some railroad crossing violations
  • Reckless operation of a motor vehicle
  • Overload violations
  • Curfew Violations
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Possession of Marijuana/Drug Charges
  • Consuming in a Motor Vehicle (4301.64)

Payment of Citation After Court Appearance

Payment of Fines/Costs are also accepted by the Clerk's Office as long as it is received prior to your scheduled court date. If you missed the date, you MUST appear in person at the Clerk's Office as a warrant may have been issued for your arrest and/or notification to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles of a license forfeiture and/or block along with additional fees.

Final Authorization

By submitting your information to request payment, you understand that you are pleading "Guilty" to all charges against you as listed on the citation, consequently waiving your right to an appearance in court or to a trial. You further understand that, when processed, this will close your case and the Court will forward this information to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the appropriate points will still be added to your license. This secure site utilizes encryption technology and every precaution has been taken to reduce the possibility of unauthorized access to your private information while it is transferred over the internet. However, by submitting this information electronically, you are acknowledging that neither the Avon Lake Municipal Court, the Clerk of the Avon Lake Municipal Court, nor the City of Avon Lake assumes any liability for data submitted via this site (please read our privacy policy and our return policy).


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