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Municipal Court - Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I pay a traffic ticket for Grand Forks Municipal Court?

Contact the Grand Forks Municipal Court (click here for contact information)

Do you accept credit cards for payment of fines?

Yes. We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover for payments of fines and other traffic violations either by phone or in person. There is a $3.00 convenience fee when using a credit/debit card.

We also accept cash, checks and money orders. Please make checks or money orders payable to City of Grand Forks. When posting bond to get someone out of jail, you must pay in cash or with a surety bond (bondsman) depending on the charge.

Where can I pay a traffic ticket I got in Grand Forks County?

Contact the Grand Forks District Court at:

Clerk of District Court
Grand Forks County Courthouse
124 S. 4th St
P.O. Box 5979
Grand Forks, ND 58206-5979

Phone: (701) 787-2700

GF District Court web site: www.ndcourts.com/Court/Courts.htm

When is Municipal Court in session?

click here for court time

What will my sentence be?

On a class B misdemeanor the Judge can fine up to $1,500 and 30 days in jail, with the exception of Theft and Destruction of Public Property, which has a maximum penalty of $1,000 fine and 30 days in jail. If anyone indicates to you what sentence you will receive, keep in mind that is their opinion; the sentence imposed is the sole discretion of the Judge. If you enter in to a plea agreement, the judge may accept or reject the plea agreement.

What if I’m unable to make my payment when required?

If at any time you are unable to make your payment when scheduled, you must appear in court on or before the due date to make arrangements with the Judge. Click here for court times.

Why is there a warrant for my arrest?

The Court will issue a warrant when:
  • You fail to comply with the Orders of the Judge.
  • You fail to make payments as promised.
  • You fail to appear on a charge which requires a mandatory appearance.
NOTE: The Police will not arrest you if you come to Municipal Court to appear on a warrant, however if police have any contact with you prior to your appearance in Court and a warrant is active, they are required to arrest you.

Can I speak to the Judge by phone?

No. The Judge can only speak to you in the court room while court is in session.

What kind of information can the city prosecutor give me?

The City Prosecutor’s office can provide information about pending cases. This includes the following: providing information regarding evidence applicable to your case, discussing the possible penalties for criminal and traffic offenses, entering into plea negotiations, and addressing any other matter related to the prosecution of a City of Grand Forks case. This information is only available to the person charged or their attorney. You can reach the City Prosecutor’s office at (701)787-8160 from 8:15 am until approximately 10:00 am.

How do I get a Public Defender / Court Appointed Attorney?

You must appear in court within 14 days of your arraignment to make a request for a court appointed attorney. A court appointed attorney is available only on criminal charges. The Judge will make a decision at that time as to whether you qualify for a court appointed attorney or not. If an attorney is appointed it does not mean the attorney is free, and you may be required to pay a portion of the fees. When your case is completed, the Judge may determine that you will be responsible for all, none or for a percentage of the bill when known.

Does the Judge in Municipal Court perform weddings?
  • The Judge will perform weddings on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. with a limit of two each week.
  • We will not schedule an appointment until we receive the $60.00 non-refundable fee. This is subject to change at any time.
  • At the time of payment, the marriage license must be presented to the clerk, which will be returned after the ceremony. A date can then be set.
To contact the Grand Forks Municipal Court click here for contact information.

How can I look up a City Ordinance?

Click here for a link to City Ordinances

The document should be current as of the date listed. However, minor errors or omissions may be contained within.

Who can I talk to about a parking ticket I found on my windshield?

The Police Department handles parking tickets; however do not contact the Police Department if the issuing agency and their phone number are stamped on the parking tickets. You must contact that agency. Click here for the Grand Forks Police Department Web site.

I am charged with a felony (or class A misdemeanor) in Grand Forks County. Who do I call for information on my case?

Contact the Grand Forks Clerk of District Court at (701) 787-2700

I was charged with a DUI. How do I get a work permit?

Contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation at (701) 787-6540 for information on getting a work permit. The Grand Forks office is located at 1951 N Washington Street. For more driver’s license information, visit the NDDOT Driver’s License and Traffic Safety Web site at www.dot.nd.gov In Minnesota, contact the Driver and Vehicle Services Division Web site.

Who can I talk to about points on my driver’s license or suspension of my driving privileges?

The assessment of points and suspension of driving privileges are administrative actions taken by the North Dakota Department of Transportation. If you are licensed in another state you must contact your home state regarding this matter.

How do I get a North Dakota driver’s license?

Contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation at (701) 787-6540 for information on getting a driver’s license. The Grand Forks office is located at 1951 N Washington Street. For more driver’s license information, visit the NDDOT Driver’s License and Traffic Safety Web site at www.dot.nd.gov In Minnesota, contact the Driver and Vehicle Services Division Web site.

Where can I renew my vehicle license tabs?

You can renew your vehicle license tabs at the office of Vehicle Services, which is located in the Grand Cities Mall at 1726 S. Washington St in Grand Forks. The Grand Forks branch will charge a service fee. You may also contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation at 608 E. Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58505, Phone number 1-701-328-2725. You can get more information from the North Dakota Department of Transportation’s Web site at www.dot.nd.gov In Minnesota, contact the Driver and Vehicle Services Division of the Department of Public Safety.

Where can I get a copy of a birth or death certificate?

Contact the North Dakota Division of Vital Records in Bismarck at (701) 328-2360 for information on birth and death certificates, or visit http://ndhealth.gov/vital

I need information about a civil case in Grand Forks County. Where can I get it?

For questions involving civil, probate, child support, divorce, guardianship that occurred in Grand Forks County, contact the Grand Forks Clerk of District Court at (701) 787-2715.




City of Grand Forks
255 N 4th Street * Grand Forks, ND 58203 * Phone (701) 746-INFO