Who We Are
The Milwaukee County Clerk of Circuit Court Criminal Division is responsible for felony, misdemeanor and traffic cases resulting from violations of State Law or Milwaukee County ordinances, as well as jury trial and municipal appeal requests from the 19 municipal courts located throughout Milwaukee County.
Pay Fines: Traffic Citations / Court Costs / Judgments
How to Dispute a Traffic Citation
If the citation requires a mandatory appearance, you must appear at the designated place and time. If you wish to appear to contest your citation, report to court on the date listed on your citation.
If the citation does not require a mandatory appearance and you wish to plead not guilty, you may do so by mailing your request to Court Commissioner, Room #221--Safety Building, 821 West State Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233. The request must be received before the court date and must include a copy of the citation, your current address, and a statement that you wish to plead not guilty. If you plead not guilty by mail, do not appear on the court date listed on the citation. Notice of the next court date, place and time will be mailed to you.
How to Get an Occupational License
Call the Wisconsin Department of Transportation at (608) 266-2261 to determine your eligibility.
If you are eligible, call (414) 278-5386 to schedule an appointment. A brochure containing a petition and instructions will be mailed to you. The brochure and petition can also be picked up at the reception desk located in Room #117 of the Safety Building, 821 West State Street, Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Petitions for occupational licenses are processed on Thursdays only. There is a non-refundable $40 charge to petition for an occupational license.
Visit the WDOT for more information.
How to Reopen a Default Judgment
You must appear in person at the customer service window outside Room #117 Safety Building, 821 West State Street, to fill out a Petition to Reopen and deposit $20 per case. Petitions are processed by the court Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and are handled on a first-come, first-served basis after the scheduled court calendar.