Welcome to the Online Ticket Payment Program for the Garfield Heights 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:
- Third moving traffic offense within the past 12 months
- Operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- Driving with no license or a suspended license
- Fleeing or eluding a police officer
- Drag racing
- Passing a stopped school bus
- Any felony or indictable offense
- Driving with license expired more than 6 months
- Any violation where the officer marked the citation "personal appearance required"
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.