The first appearance in Court is called an Arraignment Hearing. During Arraignment Court, you are provided an opportunity to plead Guilty, Not Guilty or No Contest before a Judge or Magistrate. Based on your plea, the Judge or Magistrate may do the following: Decide a sentence; assign the case to another Judge; or set the case to be heard before a Jury of your peers. Defendants with multiple cases are typically assigned to the same judge for continuity.
Arraignment hearings for traffic tickets are held in Courtroom 1A and 1B on the 1st floor of 375 S. High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. Courtroom 1A is for persons with last names beginning with A-K. Courtroom 1B is for persons with last names beginning with L-Z. This information can also be found on your traffic ticket:
For out-of-custody hearings for criminal charges and OVI’s, Arraignment hearings will be held in Courtroom 4C on the 4th floor of 375 S. High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. Those persons who are in-custody will be arraigned in courtroom 4D.
Multiple cases are scheduled for Arraignment Court every day. Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to predict how long you will be in Court. It is highly recommended that you check-in with the bailiff as soon as you arrive. Cases scheduled in Traffic Court Arraignment are heard in the order individuals are checked-in. Hearings scheduled for an Arraignment are assigned to an individual Judge’s Courtroom and are heard based on the type of hearing and the availability of your attorney.
At the conclusion of your hearing, the bailiff will provide you with your next court date on a slip of paper. You may also receive notice by mail, or you can sign up for text reminders using forms in the Arraignment courtrooms.
For qualified indigent individuals, you may have the option of speaking to a public defender or the Court will assign you an attorney during Arraignment Court. Be sure to tell the court staff upon check-in if you wish to speak to an attorney.
For someone being held in the Franklin County Jail System, you can find out their bond amount using our public access website at www.fcmcclerk.com or by calling our public telephone line at 614-645-8186. Bond Information is continually updated during Arraignment Court, so be sure to periodically check the website for updated information.
Please bring a valid form of Identification, proof of insurance for traffic court, program or community service completion certificates, and funds to cover your fine and court costs.
If you were subpoenaed to appear as a witnesses on a case, please remember to bring your subpoena to court and present it to the Prosecutor when checking in. If applicable, you will receive witness fees at a later date through the mail based on mileage traveled to court.
If you have a warrant, you will need to post (pay) bond on the case to receive your block release form(s). These forms will be issued by the cashier. If you owe money on a case and render payment in full, your block(s) will be released once the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles database is updated. Cashiers will issue forms which reflect the Release of Warrant Block which may be taken to any Deputy Registrar’s Office. If your case was added-on to the daily court docket, you can receive your release form in the courtroom from the Deputy Clerk. You should then take the Release of Warrant Block to any Deputy Registrar’s Office or directly to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
If you need an Interpreter for court, you can request one at your initial appearance. If one is unavailable on that day, your case will be continued in order for the Court to obtain an Interpreter. You will be notified either in person, by mail, or by text message (if you sign up) of your next court date.
If you are found guilty, you will be sentenced and given a fine amount and court costs to pay by a date specific.
If you are found not guilty, your case will be dismissed or terminated.
If your case is dismissed, it can either be dismissed with or without payment of court costs.
Your case may also be continued, in which case you will receive another court date either in person, by mail, or by text message (if you sign up).
You must submit an application for Sealing of Record. If you do not have your own attorney, you may download the forms here: http://www.fcmcclerk.com/forms/criminal-traffic.
In the alternative, visit the Self Help Resource Center at 375 South High Street, 6th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215. The Center’s hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no fee for their services.
There is a one-time application fee of $50 to apply for record sealing for any number of convictions and/or bail forfeitures. There is no filing fee for dismissals or findings of not guilty.
You do not need an attorney, however, we highly recommend that you have some legal assistance at a minimum. The Self Help Resource Center, identified in a previous FAQ is available to provide such assistance free of charge.
There are two ways to obtain copies of a sealed record. The record must belong to you, it cannot belong to someone else.
The most efficient way to find your ticket on our website (www.fcmcclerk.com) is to search for it using the ticket number only. It typically takes three to five business days for your ticket to be entered, but it can take longer especially following a holiday. If you can’t find it after five business days please call our office at 614-645-8186.
Payable tickets can be paid one of three ways: go to www.fcmcclerk.com to look up your ticket using your ticket number only; pay by mail, we accept a personal check or money order; or you may pay in person on the 1st or 2nd floor of the Franklin County Municipal Court Clerk’s Office. We accept payments seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. To avoid late fees, be certain to pay by the court date listed at bottom of your ticket.
Provided that you only have one charge, the total cost of your traffic ticket may be $152 dollars as long as you pay the full amount on or before the court date. It usually takes three to five business days for your ticket to appear on this website, but it could take longer.
Provided that you only have one charge, the total cost of your traffic ticket may be $172 dollars if paid on or before the court date. It usually takes three to five business days for your ticket to appear on this website, but it could take longer.
Provided that you only have one charge, the total cost of your traffic ticket may be $192 dollars if paid on or before the court date. It usually takes three to five business days for your ticket to appear on this website, but it could take longer.
Provided that you only have one charge, the total cost of your speeding ticket in a construction zone may be $207 dollars if paid on or before the court date. It usually takes three to five business days for your ticket to appear on the website, but it could take longer.
Provided that you only have one charge, the total cost of your speeding ticket in a construction zone may be $247 dollars, if paid on or before the court date. It usually takes three to five business days for your ticket to appear on the website but it could take longer.
Provided that you only have one charge, the total cost of your speeding ticket in a construction zone may be $287 dollars, if paid on or before the court date. It usually takes three to five business days for your ticket to appear on the website but it could take longer.
To pay a Bond in person, please visit the 2nd Floor Criminal/Traffic Division of the Clerk’s Office located at 375 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. Bond payments must be made with cash or credit card only and current identification is required. After you pay the Bond, the Clerk’s Office will send all necessary documentation to the jail. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office should release the defendant within 6 to 12 hours as long as no additional holders appear in a background check. If you don’t know how much the Bond is, you may call the Clerk’s Office at 614-645-8186.
Come to the Clerk’s Office on the 2nd Floor on any non-holiday weekday morning between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. If possible, please arrive by 8:30 a.m. to be added on to the Court’s schedule for the same morning. There are long lines to get through security and into the building, so please plan to arrive closer to 8:00 a.m. If you have a warrant because you missed a Court date, you will not be arrested; your warrant will be set aside upon your appearance in the court room. Assigned cases and certain other cases, such as a warrant issue or felony cases, do not qualify to be added to the Court’s schedule. If you have any questions, please call our office at 614-645-8186 to see if you qualify to add-on.
If you have a ticket to pay and you still need to provide Proof of Insurance, you may do one of the following: go to www.fcmcclerk.com, look up your ticket on the website and complete the information on the website (see example below); mail a copy of your insurance card with your payment; or provide it to the cashier if paying in person at the Clerk’s Office.
We do not reschedule Court dates through the website; however, if your ticket is in the system and it is not assigned to a Judge, you may stop by the Clerk’s Office at 375 S. High Street, 2nd Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215, Monday – Friday between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. to be added to the docket. If you have a warrant because you missed a Court date, you won’t be arrested; your warrant will be set aside upon your appearance in the court room. Assigned cases and certain other cases do not qualify for add-ons, so, please call our office at 614-645-8186 for more information.
If you just received a ticket, the Court date is located at the bottom of your ticket. For other situations, try searching for your case using only the case number, ticket number, or call our office at 614-645-8186.
If you haven’t been to court yet, please appear on your court date to ask for an extension or a time payment plan. If you’ve already been sentenced, please call us before your due date so we can review your situation, call 614-645-8186.
For cases that do not require you to appear in Court, the Court date is your due date. Should you need more time, please consider appearing in Court on your due date to ask for more time to pay.
Please visit our website at www.fcmcclerk.com to search for warrants under your name. You may also call our office at 614-645-8186. We can only confirm warrants that we have entered, so if you have a warrant through another court, this office may not be able to access the information.
As long as no appearance is required, you may pay the ticket and the case will be closed. Note: If you pay a ticket, you have essentially entered a guilty plea and waived your right to contest the ticket in Court.
Our address is 375 South High St., Columbus, OH 43215. The Clerk of Court Criminal/Traffic Division is located on the 2nd Floor. We are open to the public 7 days a week 24 hours a day.
After the case or cases are completed, please allow at least four to six weeks to receive your refund. If you still haven’t received the refund after six weeks, please call our office at 614-645-8186.
Postcards are sent out automatically if the Clerk’s Office has not received your payment by the Court date. The good news is that the post marked date on the envelope is the official date received. As long as the post marked date shows that you mailed your payment on or before the Court date, you will not be charged a late fee and your case will reflect payment in full.
This depends on several factors such as if you had any other suspensions recently. Please call our Civil Department at 614-645-7220.
A case disposition is the final outcome of a case, whether it was a dismissal or conviction. We will also provide a copy of the corresponding ticket/complaint when applicable.
Each agency requires their own specific documentation. Consult the appropriate agency to see what documents are needed.
Typically, we provide a standard disposition for these requests. Something that contains the defendant’s name, date of birth, and has a Judge’s signature is typically accepted. Again, this differs among agencies.