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General Payment Information

The Lake County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller collects all criminal and traffic fines, fees, and costs and distributes the proceeds according to Florida Statutes. Fees and fines can be paid all at once, or a payment plan can be set up to make periodic payments towards your case.

Many fines, fees, and costs may be paid by cash, check (cashier’s or personal), money order, or with a credit card. Credit cards accepted are Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. The only debit cards which will be accepted are those with the Visa or MasterCard logo. Payment by personal check is not accepted for criminal cases.

Check and money order payments to the Clerk’s Office should be made payable to “Gary J. Cooney, Clerk of Court & Comptroller.”


Pay Online:

Payments of eligible traffic tickets and criminal fees & fines can be made online using the CLERKPay Online Courts Payment System. Payments can be made by credit card. The financial service provider charges a nominal, nonrefundable fee for each credit card transaction paid online.






Pay By Phone:

Payments by phone are available for most traffic and criminal fees, fines, or costs. Accepted forms of payment are Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. The only debit cards which will be accepted are those with the Visa or MasterCard logo. The name on the card must match the name on the case. A nominal, nonrefundable fee will be charged by the financial service provider for each credit card transaction.

Civil Traffic Tickets:

If you are within 30 days from the date you received your traffic ticket, and you would like to pay your ticket and are not attending driver improvement school, you can call our automated voice response telephone line at (855) 984-1187 to make your payment 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The system will prompt you for your driver license number and date of birth, and will then walk you through making your payment.

NOTE: This option is not available for tickets that require proof of valid registration, driver license, or insurance.

Criminal Fees, Fines, or Costs and Past-Due Civil Traffic Tickets:

To make a payment by phone for criminal fees, fines, or costs, or for a past-due traffic ticket, call (352) 742-3846 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.


Pay In-Person:

Payments for court-obligated fees & fines can be paid in-person by cash, check, money order, or credit card at the Lake County Courthouse, East Wing, First Floor, 550 W. Main St., Tavares, FL 32778. Check, money order, or cashier’s check should be made payable to “Gary J. Cooney, Clerk of the Court & Comptroller.” If using a credit card in person, a photo I.D., which matches the name of the credit card holder must be presented at the time of the transaction. The financial service provider charges a nominal, nonrefundable fee for each credit card transaction paid in-person.


Pay by Drop-Box:

For those looking to make a next-business-day payment, the Clerk’s Office offers convenient drop-box locations for these services, which are available 24/7. Only Check and money order payments should be made by drop-box. Checks should be made payable to “Gary J. Cooney, Clerk of Court & Comptroller," and your case number should be noted along with the payment. Drop-boxes are available at the following two locations:

  • Clermont
    290 Citrus Tower Blvd., Suite 116, Clermont
    Pickup Time: 10:45 a.m., Monday through Friday

  • Downtown Tavares (Guardian Ad Litem/Veterans Services Building)
    418 W. Alfred Street, Tavares
    Pickup Time: 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

  • Leesburg
    1720 N. Citrus Blvd, Leesburg
    Pickup Time: 10:30 a.m., Monday through Friday

Pay by Mail:

For those looking to make a payment by mail, you can send a check or money order to the Lake County Clerk’s Office at P.O. Box 7800, Tavares, FL 32778. Please allow ample time for delivery and processing. Check and money order payments to the Clerk’s Office should be made payable to “Gary J. Cooney, Clerk of Court & Comptroller," and your case number should be noted along with the payment.


Payment Plans:

Payment plans are available to help aid you in repayment of your fees and fines for civil and criminal cases, and traffic citations. There is a $25 administrative fee for each payment contract signed. To set up a payment plan, visit the Courts Management Department payment counter, located in the Lake County Courthouse, East Wing, First Floor, 550 W. Main St., Tavares, FL 32778.

Court Payments
    CLERKPay Online Payments
Payment Plans Office
Lake County Courthouse (CH)
550 W. Main St., 1st Floor
Tavares, FL 32778
Phone: (352) 742-4176
Fax: (352) 742-4190