Paying Your Fine & Fees

Paying your Fine & Fees

If criminal or traffic fines and fees cannot be paid in full on the day of sentencing, parties must set up a payment plan with the Circuit Clerk at the payment windows in Room 136. Parties who cannot pay in full must agree to follow a payment plan. The Court requires that a payment be made every 30 days. If you are sentenced to attend Traffic School, you must pay your Traffic School Fee directly to MCC before you will be allowed to register for class. You will not successfully complete supervision until your fines & fees are paid in full.

If you set up an installment payment plan, you will be given envelopes to mail your payments to the Circuit Clerk’s Office. Please include name and case number on all checks sent to the Circuit Clerk’s office for installment payments. Your case number is located on the agreement you signed with the Circuit Clerk. You can make your payments online, or bring or mail payments to:

  • McHenry County Circuit Clerk
  • Attention: Criminal/Traffic Division
  • 2200 N. Seminary Ave., Room 136
  • Woodstock, IL 60098-2637

The Circuit Clerk monitors payments and sends notices to defendants when payments are not made. If a party fails to keep to the agreed payment plan, they will be re-scheduled to appear before the Court. 

Balances that remain unpaid will be reported to a collection agency and the Illinois Comptroller’s Local Debt Recovery Program. The collection agency will assess additional fees (allowable by statute) in addition to the balance to be collected. The Illinois Comptroller’s office will withhold your balance due, in addition to their fee, from any state payments you receive, most commonly from state tax refunds.