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Why is my driver license being suspended?

You received a citation, were found guilty of the violation, and the associated fines and fees are past due.

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What happens if my driver license is suspended?

If your driver license is suspended, you will not be permitted to drive any vehicle until your license is reinstated. If you are caught driving on a suspended license, you may receive another citation for driving while suspended, which carries a fine of $124.00. In addition to suspending your license, the Court may also send your overdue balance to a collection agency, which may intercept tax refunds, garnish wages, or attach funds in your bank accounts.

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How do I know if my license is suspended?

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation - Division of Motor Vehicles offers information regarding the current status of your driver license and your eligibility to reinstate your driving privileges if they have been suspended, revoked or cancelled. For more information, please visit the DMV website at

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How long will my license be suspended?

Typically, your license is suspended for 12 months and the suspension will go into effect if the judgment is not paid by the due date.

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How can I reinstate my driver license?

If your driver license is suspended for failure to pay a judgment at the Milwaukee Municipal Court, you may be able to make payment arrangements in order to have the license suspension lifted. The Court requires a payment of 30% of the balance due on the case before granting you additional time to pay the rest. If you were found guilty without having appeared in court, you may also make a motion to reopen your case within 6 months of the judgment in order to vacate the judgment and / or the license suspension. If your motion is granted, a $20 fee will be required to reopen the case.

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How can I check to see if my license suspension has been lifted?

You can check the status of your driver license by calling the DMV at (608) 266-2261 or at

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How can I contact the City of Milwaukee Municipal Court to discuss my suspension?

You can call the Court at (414) 286-3800 to speak with a customer service representative regarding your case(s). Please note that the 30% payment to lift the suspension must be paid in person at the Court and cannot be paid over the phone or on our website.

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What are my payment options?

In order to lift a suspension, you must appear in court to talk with a Judge.  In general, the Judge will require you to pay at least 30% of the total amount due on your cases.  Payments can be made via cash, check, money order, credit card or debit card.

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How can I know if citations outside the City of Milwaukee are suspending my license?

If you received citations from someone other than a City of Milwaukee Police Officer, and have not arranged for payment, they could also suspend your driver license. To find out if you have citations outside the City of Milwaukee which are suspending your license, visit the DMV website at

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City of Milwaukee Municipal Court 

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 951 N. James Lovell St.
Milwaukee, WI  53233

 Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:45pm

Milwaukee Municipal Intake Court

located in the:
Milwaukee County Criminal Justice Facility
 949 N. 9th St.
Milwaukee, WI  53233

Certain hearings are scheduled in this location. Please check your notice to determine whether your hearing will be conducted here.

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 Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:45pm

Walk-In Hours:

Unscheduled (walk-in) appearances are suspended until further notice. If you did not pre-register and the session is full, you will need to call (414) 286-6600.

Cashier Window Hours:
 Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 12:30pm and 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Payment Line Hours:
 Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

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