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Dane County Clerk of Courts

Court Fees

Paying Court Costs, Fines and Other Fees

Notice: Only the required filing fee should accompany new filings. Once a case is filed, do not submit checks for docketing, etc., until the fee is required, i. e., after the judgment, is entered. These checks will not be retained by the Clerk of Circuit Court but returned if submitted prior to being required. If a check needs to be returned and there is no stamped, self-addressed envelope provided, postage and handling will be charged to return the check.

This payment information does not apply to debt at Collections. You must contact the Dane County Clerk of Courts Collections for payment information at (608) 266-4311.

In-Person:

You may pay by cash, check money order, or credit/debit card with a convenience fee (Card type accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express) at the designated windows in the Clerk of Court's Office. Make checks payable to "Clerk of Courts."

Dane County Courthouse Room 1000
215 South Hamilton Street
Madison, WI 53703-3285

You may pay by check or money order by mail. Make checks payable to "Clerk of Courts." Include the court case number or citation number. Payments should be sent to:

By Mail:

Clerk of Circuit Court
Dane County Courthouse Room 1000
215 South Hamilton Street
Madison, WI 53703-3285

Through allpaid:

The Dane County Clerk of Circuit Court now accepts credit or debit card payments through allpaid, a third party agency. Payments can be made using Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Credit or Debit cards. Payments may be made online or by phone 24 hours a day.

 

Payments can be made for citations, fines, costs, attorney fees, mediation fees, guardian ad litem fees, juvenile legal fees, electronic monitoring fees, custody study fees, and copy and search fees.

Filing fees can not be paid online.

PLEASE READ BEFORE CONTINUING

Review your citation to make sure it states an address of “Dane County Circuit Court” and/or “215 South Hamilton Street”. If the citation has another municipality’s address on it instead of the one listed above, you must contact that municipality directly about their payment options. Payments that are supposed to be made to other municipalities will not be accepted by the Dane County Clerk of Courts.

Also if the debt you are paying is at collections, you cannot make your payment through allpaid. Payments made through allpaid for debt at collections will not be accepted by the Clerk of Courts.  You must contact the Dane County Clerk of Courts Collections for payment information at (608) 266-4311

To make payments through GovPayNet you will need:

  • Pay Location Code: 5479
  • Payment Amount
  • Citation Number or Case Number
  • Name of Person the Payment is Being Made for
  • Date of Birth of Person the Payment is Being Made for
  • Your Credit or Debit Card Information

If you need case information, go to: Wisconsin Court Website

Phone and Online Payments

allpaid service fee per phone transaction (888) 604-7888 or online transaction:

Payment Amount Service Fee
$0.01 - $50.00 $1.50
$50.01 - $75.00 $1.75
$75.01 - $100.00 $3.00
$100.01 - $150.00 $4.00
$150.01 - $200.00 $5.00

For each additional increment of $50.00, or a portion thereof, add $1.40.

Payment Plan:

If you are interested in information regarding a payment plan, click here.

Circuit Court Fees

This page lists the fees charged by the Dane County Circuit Court. Select the link below for information on paying fines and fees.

General

Appeal from Circuit Court-Check Payable to Court of Appeals but filed w/Clerk of Courts: $195.00

Appeal from Circuit Court-Check Payable to Clerk of Courts: $15.00

Appeal Fee (Cross-Appeal) -[Also $195 + $15]: $210.00

Amended Appeal  (NO FEE): $0.00

Assignment of Judgment: $5.00

Certification (Copy Fee +): $5.00

Copies, Per Page (Copy or Comparison Fee Per Page): $1.25

Docket a Judgment: $5.00

Execution: $5.00

Foreign Judgment, to file: $15.00

Information: Dane County Circuit Court Rules or Guide to Small Claims Court: $2.00

Issue Trans. of Judgment, Execution, & Writ or Issue Comm. to Take Deposition: $5.00

Jury Trial, Per Juror: $6.00

Lien, File and Docket, or to Preserve: $5.00

Record Searches (Per Name, Per Case Type): $5.00

Satisfy a Judgment: $5.00

Tax Warrant (Withdrawal, Satisfaction or Docketing)(State, DILHR & Work Comp.): $5.00

Transcript of a Judgment (County to County): $5.00

Transcript of a Judgment (Foreign): $15.00 

Civil

Action, to Commence; Amount Greater Than $10,000: $265.50

Action, to Commence; no Money Judgment Requested (e.g. Name Change): $164.50

Administrative Review-Appeals from Municipal Court/Administrative Decision (On the Record): $129.50

Administrative Review-Appeals from Municipal Court/Administrative Decision (Trial): $144.50

Change of Venue (Incoming): $75.00

Change of Venue (Outgoing)-[Transmitting ($75), Transmittal ($15)]: $90.00

Garnishment-Amount Claimed Equal to or Less Than $10,000: $92.50

Garnishment-Amount Claimed Greater than $10,000: $210.50

Occupational License, Filed Under sec. 343.10(6), Stats: $40.00

Occupational (Petition for License Under HTO Status)-Filed Under sec. 351.07(1g), Stats: $40.00

Third Party Complaint (Once Per Defendant Per Case)-Over $5,000: $235.50

Third Party Complaint-No Money Judgment: $134.50

Wage Earner Action: $31.50

Family

Action, to Commence, With no Petition for Maintenance or Support: $184.50

Action, to Commence, With Petition for Maintenance or Support: $194.50

Change of Venue, No Support (Incoming): $95.00

Change of Venue, With Support (Incoming): $105.00

Change of Venue, No Support (Outgoing)-[Transmitting $95;Transmittal $15]: $110.00

Change of Venue, With Support (Outgoing)-[Transmitting $105;Transmittal $15]: $120.00

Pro-Se Stipulation/Order (NO FEE): $0.00

Revisions of Judgment, Filed Under §814.61(7)(a) (Support and/or Maintenance): $30.00

Revisions of Judgment, Filed Under §814.61(7)(b) (Custody or Physical Placement): $50.00

Small Claims

Action, To Commence: $94.50

Change of Venue (Incoming): $22.00

Change of Venue (Outgoing)-[Transmitting ($22), Transmittal ($15)]: $37.00

Crossclaim or Counterclaims over $5,000: $125.50

Garnishment-Amount Claimed Equal to or Less Than $10,000: $92.50

Garnishment-Amount Claimed Greater than $10,000: $210.50

Jury Demand [(Fee to Transfer to Circuit Court ($53);6 Jurors ($36)]: $89.00

Service Fee-Each Mailing: $2.00

Third-Party Complaint (under $5,000): $117.50

Wisconsin Statutes 814.61: The Clerk of Court may refuse to accept any paper for filing or recording until the fee is paid.  Filing Fees and Jury Fees are Non-Refundable.