Portsmouth Municipal Court

Traffic Division

You may visit the Portsmouth Municipal Court Traffic Division during the hours of 8:00 A.M... to 4:00 P.M..., Monday through Friday. The Traffic Division is located on the first floor in the Clerk or Courts Office of the City Municipal Building. Please review all information on both the front and back of the citation that was issued to you.

Failure to Appear

Failure to appear in court as required will result in the issuance of a warrant for your arrest and the court will notify the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles of your failure to appear.The BMV will withhold the issuance or renewal of your driver’s license and registration, and suspend your driving privileges until the case is concluded.

Pleading Not Guilty

If you wish to plead not guilty you must appear in court on the date and time specified on the citation and enter a verbal "Not Guilty" plea.

Proof of Insurance

If you received charges while involved in an accident and could not provide proof of insurance, you must appear before the Court unless the Defendant can provide proof of insurance for the date the violation occurred. If you can provide proof of insurance on the date of violation, then the defendant can pay those fines at the Clerk's office without appearing.

Court Costs (Effective May 1st, 2022)

Costs Sheet Download

Speed Limits Fines

MPH Over Fine Amount
5 MPH or Less $115.00
6 - 10 MPH $120.00
11 - 12 MPH $125.00
13 - 14 MPH $130.00
15 - 16 MPH $135.00
17 - 18 MPH $140.00
19 - 20 MPH $150.00
21 MPH $173.00
22 MPH $176.00
23 MPH $179.00
24 MPH $182.00
25 MPH $185.00
26 MPH $188.00
27 MPH $191.00
28 MPH $194.00
29 MPH $197.00
30 MPH $200.00
31 MPH or More $210.00

Seat Belt Fines

Charge Fine Amount
Seat Belt/Driver $115.00
Seat Belt/Passenger $105.00
Child Restraint $145.00
Emergency Vehicle $160.00