Traffic and Ordinance Citations

When is my court date?

The date indicated on your citation is the date and time of your initial appearance.  If you do not have your citation, you can check Wisconsin Circuit Court Access for the date.

How can I plead Not Guilty?

If the date on your citation is not a mandatory appearance and you wish to plead Not Guilty, you may do this by mail or fax prior to the date on your citation.  You must include the citation number, or a copy of the citation, and a written statement of your plea with your current mailing address, phone number, signature and date.  This plea must be received before the court date on the citation.
Mail to:
Door County Clerk of Courts
1205 S Duluth Avenue
Sturgeon Bay WI  54235
Fax to:  920-746-2520
In Person:  You may complete a Not Guilty Plea form in the Clerk of Courts office during regular business hours of 8:00am to 4:30pm; Monday through Friday.

What if I cannot make my court date?  Can I change the date?

The court date cannot be changed.  If you want to speak to someone about the citation, you would need to enter a Not Guilty Plea prior to the court date.  Without an appearance or a Not Guilty Plea, you will be found guilty and a default judgment would be entered against you.  Payment will be due within 60 days.

What happens if I don’t show up?

If it is not a mandatory appearance and you do not enter a Not Guilty Plea and do not show up to the initial appearance, you will be found guilty and a default judgment is entered.  Payment will be due within 60 days from the court date.

Can I reopen my case?

If you missed your court date and would like to reopen the case, you will need to file a Motion to Reopen.  A $50 fee will be charged if approved by the Judge.

What if I’ve been charged with a Traffic Crime?

If you have been charged with a traffic crime, you and your attorney need to appear at your initial appearance.  If not already ordered, a bond will be set and booking is required.

Can I pay on the phone/online?

Payments with MasterCard, Visa and Discover can be made 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  You will need your citation number, pay location code 2880 and court date (if unknown, you may use today’s date).  A non-refundable fee will be charged to process the payment.  To pay online go to https://paygov.us or you can call the Clerk of Courts office Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm at 920-746-2205 ext 1.  Payments can also be made using MasterCard, Visa or electronic check on the Wisconsin Court System website at http://www.wicourts.gov/ecourts/payonline.htm.  A non-refundable fee will be charged to process the payment.

Why is my license revoked/suspended?  Can I reinstate my license?

You can check the DOT Licensing Eligibility website to find out why your license is suspended or revoked.  You can also reinstate your license from this site.

Can I get an occupational license?

You can check the DOT Occupational Eligibility website to find out your eligibility.  More information can be found at http://www.dot.wi.gov/drivers/revoke/occlic.htm

  • For questions regarding Traffic or Forfeiture Violations contact 920-746-2205 ext 3.