Traffic/Criminal General Information
Many traffic and some criminal citations (also known as tickets) are payable in the Clerk’s Office and do not require a court appearance in front of the judge. These are called “waiverable” citations. You can choose to appear before the judge on your court date for these citations. Or, you can choose to waive your right to a hearing in court, plead guilty and pay your costs and fines for these citations in the Clerk’s Office or through the Court website. Waiverable citations must be paid on or before your court date. Your court date is listed near the bottom of your citation.
"Waiverable" Citations and Cost/Fine Amounts most commonly issued:
For “Non-Waiverable” offenses, you are required to appear before the judge on the court date and time listed on your citation.
If you are unsure whether you need to appear before the judge, please call the Clerk’s Office at 937-296-2461.
Please be aware that if you do not pay your waiverable offense or appear before the judge as required by your court date, your driver’s license may be suspended or forfeited and a warrant may be issued for your arrest. All of these will result in additional costs to you.
Changing Your Court Appearance Date
If you cannot make the initial arraignment date set when you were ticketed or arrested, you may be able to reschedule by getting a continuance of your court date for up to one week. Please contact the Clerk’s Office at 937-296-2461—prior to your scheduled court date—to inquire about your eligibility for a continuance. A maximum of one continuance is permitted.
Finding An Attorney
You are entitled to have an attorney represent you before the Court if you are arrested, ticketed or summoned for a traffic or criminal offense. For help in finding an attorney, you can contact:
Dayton Bar Association
Attorney Referral Service
If you cannot afford an attorney and you are charged with an offense that carries the possibility of a jail sentence, you may qualify to be represented by a Public Defender. Ask the Judge about this option when you appear for your first arraignment.
Proof Of Insurance
Ohio law requires all license holders to carry insurance on the vehicles they drive—and requires the Clerk’s Office to report the status of your insurance when you are cited to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. If you do not submit the required proof, your driver's license will be suspended by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles and you may be subject to additional fees and insurance sanctions.
Please check the area on your citation that says “Financial Responsibility Proof Shown.” Make sure the “Y” box is checked. If you did not show proof when you were cited or if the officer did not mark “Y” to indicate you showed proof of insurance, please bring in, mail or fax your proof of insurance to the Clerk of Court’s Office. Please write your ticket number or court case number on the proof when you send it in. If you do not have access to a fax machine, ask your insurance agent to fax in the proof and then call the Clerk's Office to make sure we received it.
A copy of your insurance card showing that your insurance was in effect on the date and time you received your citation and the name of your insurance company, or a statement from your insurance company with this information is what you will need to provide as proof that you were insured on the date of your violation.
This proof must be received within three business days after your case is heard or your ticket is paid. If we do not receive your proof of insurance in this time frame, we will be required to send a “no insurance shown” status to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV)—which could result in a license suspension under Ohio law by the BMV.
It is your responsibility to make sure we receive your proof of insurance showing that you had insurance at the time of your citation. Please check online (Search Public Records) to verify that we have received it when mailing or faxing the proof in. You may also call our office.
Mail your proof of insurance to the Clerk’s Office at:
Kettering Municipal Court Clerk’s Office
2325 Wilmington Pike
Kettering, OH 45420
Fax your proof of insurance to the Clerk’s Office at:
When faxing, please call our office at 937-296-2461 to make sure your proof was received.