Welcome to the Online Ticket Payment Program for the Defiance 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.

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:

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.

Distracted Driving

Citations that have a distracted driving specification shall be subject to an additional $100.00 fine. The distracted driving specification will be listed in the remarks section of the citation. The additional $100.00 fine will be waived by the court IF you complete a distracted driver safety course and file the certificate of completion with the court BEFORE the ticket is paid.

There is no cost to complete the on-line distracted driver course. The course takes approximately one (1) to two (2) hours to complete and it can be found on the Ohio Driver Training website (https://www.drivertraining.ohio.gov). From the homepage, click on “Courses/Programs”. The next page will contain a “Distracted Driver” option.

The course MUST be completed by the court date on the bottom of your citation. You may request a continuance of your court date but it must be in writing and received prior to the court date listed on the citation. ONLY ONE (1) CONTINUANCE WILL BE GRANTED AND A $2.00 CONTINUANCE FEE WILL BE ADDED TO COSTS ASSESSED. IF THE COURSE IS NOT COMPLETED WITH VERIFICATION PROVIDED TO THE COURT BY THE COURT DATE LISTED ON THE CITATION OR BY THE CONTINUANCE DATE GRANTED BY THE COURT, NO CREDIT WILL BE ALLOWED AGAINST THE $100.00 FINE.

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 Defiance Municipal Court, the Clerk of the Defiance Municipal Court, nor the City of Defiance assumes any liability for data submitted via this site (please read our privacy policy and our return policy).

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