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Pay Bail

Pay In-Person

If you would like to post bail for an occupant, you can do so in-person at any time at the Criminal Justice Facility. 

The Milwaukee County Jail Records office is located on the ground floor of the Criminal Justice Facility at 949 N 9th Street, Milwaukee. All persons paying bail must have a current valid picture ID. Bail payments under $10,000 will be processed through a kiosk, also located on Level G, accepting payment methods of cash (no fee) or credit card (fees incurred). Bail may be posted for occupants 24 hours a day.

Bail payments for occupants housed at the Community Reintegration Center or housed at another facility will be processed 24 hours a day on G level of the Criminal Justice Facility. The following are acceptable forms of payment: cash, cashier's check, money order and Visa or MasterCard credit cards. Persons posting bail with a credit card must have a valid picture ID that matches the name on the card. This type of payment is processed as a cash advance and therefore incurs an additional fee from your credit card company.

Bail being posted with a cashier's check or money order must be done during normal banking hours and must be verified. Cashiers will call the issuing institution to verify authenticity. If the cashier’s check or money order cannot be verified, it will not be accepted as bail payment. All cashier’s checks and money orders must be made payable to "Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office."

The IRS requires IRS Federal Form 8300 be completed for all bails of $10,000 or more. The form can be completed at the time the bail is paid. The form requires a valid social security number and valid current picture ID.

Bail refunds are handled by the Milwaukee County Clerk of Circuit Court (414) 278-4538. Bail refunds are paid three to four weeks after the case is closed only if the defendant made all court appearances and committed no additional crimes. Persons inquiring about bail refunds should be prepared to provide the case number and the defendant's name.

Deposit Funds for Self-Bail


Bail cannot be paid online. A surety’s signature is necessary on all bail forms and is not accepted online.

Money can be put on the occupant’s commissary account to self-bail. The commissary account owner (occupant) is then considered the surety and will receive any money that may be refunded by the Clerk of Courts. Payer will not receive any bail refunds.

For information on how to deposit funds to an occupant’s commissary funds, click here.

By Phone

Toll free number (commissary only): (866) 345-1884

By Mail

Funds can also be mailed to:
Milwaukee County Criminal Justice Facility
949 N 9th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Make money order payable to the person in our care.

Milwaukee County Sheriff Badge


821 W. State St., Room 107
Milwaukee, WI 53233

(414) 278-4766

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