The Traffic Court shall consist of two sessions:

  1. The arraignment session shall be held at 8:30 A.M. Monday through Friday and conducted by a Magistrate appointed by the court. The arraignment session shall consider all pleas of guilty or no contest, requests for setting bail, stays of execution, and all other matters to come before the Traffic Court not handled by other sessions. All pleas of not guilty shall be assigned pursuant to DMCR 2.2. The Magistrate may conduct any other traffic proceedings authorized by Traf. R. 14.
  2. The traffic trial session shall be held in accordance with Traf. R. 17.


The court may allow the defendant to enter a written plea of not guilty through his attorney pursuant to Traf. R. 8(C), except in cases where prohibited by law. The not guilty plea may be faxed or mailed within four (4) days after the defendant received the ticket. A faxed plea must be followed by the original document within forty-eight (48) hours. If the original document is not delivered to this court within forty-eight (48) hours, the defendant shall appear before the court to enter a plea.

All demands for jury trials in traffic cases shall be made in writing and filed with the Clerk of Court, Traffic Division.

DMCR 4.9 shall be followed.

Traf. R. 7(A) shall be followed.

Traf. R. 7(B) shall be followed.

The Clerk of Court shall, by computer transfer, cause a record to be furnished to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles that indicates the number of points to be assessed in the space designated on the reporting form for each traffic violation. The points to be assessed shall be as provided for in O.R.C. 4507.021.

Traf. R. 18 shall be followed.

The Court has determined that defendants, who are charged with minor misdemeanor traffic offenses, would benefit from a special program on traffic safety. The Court has established the Traffic Safety Program, which offers a class where defendants will learn the dangers inherent in speeding, running traffic lights, or other unsafe driving.

The Court finds that an additional fee of $250 is needed to cover the costs associated with the Traffic Safety Program and orders that this additional fee be assessed to participating defendants, pursuant to R.C. 1901.26(B)(1).

The Dayton Municipal Court provides for the use of a ticket that is produced by computer or other electronic means. A ticket produced by computer or other electronic means shall not require the signature of the defendant. A ticket produced by computer or other electronic means shall conform in all substantive respects to the “Ohio Uniform Traffic Ticket” set forth in the Traffic Appendix of Forms.  The provisions of Traf. R. 3(B), relative to the color and weight of paper, size, and method of binding, shall not be applicable to a ticket that is produced by computer or other electronic means. The ticket paper shall be of sufficient quality to allow the court record copy to remain unchanged for the period of the retention schedule for the various traffic offenses as prescribed by Sup.R. 26.05. The court record of the ticket shall be filed with the court or may be filed electronically as authorized by this Rule and Traf.R. 3 (F)(2).

The Dayton Municipal Court provides for the filing of the ticket by electronic means. If a ticket is issued at the scene of an alleged offense, this Rule requires that the issuing officer serve the defendant with the defendant’s paper copy of the ticket as required by Traf.R. 3(E). A law enforcement officer who files a ticket pursuant to Traf.R. 3(F)(1) or (F)(2) and electronically affixes the officer’s signature thereto, shall be considered to have certified the ticket and shall have the same rights, responsibilities, and liabilities as with all other tickets issued pursuant to these rules.

Pursuant to R.C. 4510.13 and R.C. 4510.021, and pursuant to R.C. 4510.022, the Court shall assess a $2.50 fee for the State Highway Safety Fund (SHSF), and an additional $2.50 fee for the Municipal Court Special Projects Fund (MCSF) whenever the Court grants:

  1. Limited Driving Privileges with an immobilizing or disabling device, including a certified ignition interlock device;
    Limited Driving Privileges with a continuous alcohol monitoring device; or
  2. Unlimited Driving Privileges with a certified ignition interlock device for first-time OVI offenders.

The $2.50 SHSF fee and the $2.50 MCSF fee shall be assessed starting April 6, 2017.

All SHSF fees shall be distributed to the State Highway Safety Fund as provided by law. All MCSF fees shall be used as provided by law or shall remain in the MCSF Fund. Monies from the MCSF Fund shall only be disbursed by the Order of the Dayton Municipal Court Administrative Judge. Any monies left over in the MCSF Fund at the end of each fiscal year shall be carried over to the next year, unless otherwise ordered by the Dayton Municipal Court Administrative Judge. 

Court Information

Dayton Municipal Court

P.O. Box 10700
301 West Third Street
Dayton, OH 45402

Office hours for the Clerk of Court are 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, for the acceptance of case filings and payments. Traffic and Criminal payments can also be paid online at

Clerk of Court:

Court Administration:
FAX: 937-333-4494

Central Payments:
FAX: 937-333-4468

Civil Division:
FAX: 937-333-4468

Criminal Division:
FAX: 937-333-4490

Traffic Division:
FAX: 937-333-7558

Jury Information:
FAX: 937-333-4468

Probation Services:

Warrant Enforcement: