Carlo Esqueda

Clerk of Circuit Court and Register in Probate

Dane County Courthouse
Room 1000
215 S Hamilton St.
Madison, WI 53703
Map to the Courthouse

Phone: (608) 266-4311
Fax: (608) 267-8859
TTY: Call Wisconsin Relay 711

7:45 AM to 4:30 PM
Closed all County holidays

Customers should arrive in time to complete all business by 4:30 PM

All filings and requests through the mail require a self addressed stamped envelope to return incorrect and/or processed paperwork and receipts to you. Please ensure all required documents are properly notarized before filing with the court.

Paying Through GovPayNet

The Dane County Clerk of Circuit Court now accepts credit or debit card payments through GovPayNet, a third party agency. Payments can be made using Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Credit or Debit cards. Payments may be made online or by phone 24 hours a day.

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card

Payments can be made for citations, fines, costs, attorney fees, mediation fees, guardian ad litem fees, juvenile legal fees, electronic monitoring fees, custody study fees, and copy and search fees.

Filing fees can not be paid online.


Review your citation to make sure it states an address of “Dane County Circuit Court” and/or “215 South Hamilton Street”. If the citation has another municipality’s address on it instead of the one listed above, you must contact that municipality directly about their payment options. This website WILL NOT process those payments.

Also if the debt you are paying is at collections, you cannot make your payment through Government Payment Services. You must contact HE Stark Collection Agency at (608) 274-7764 to pay them directly. Payments made through Government Payment EXP for debt at collections will not be accepted by the Clerk of Courts.

To make payments through GovPayNet you will need:

  • Pay Location Code: 5479
  • Payment Amount
  • Citation Number or Case Number
  • Name of Person the Payment is Being Made for
  • Date of Birth of Person the Payment is Being Made for
  • Your Credit or Debit Card Information

If you need case information, go to: Wisconsin Court Website

Phone Payments

GovPayNet service fee per phone transaction (1-888-604-7888):

Payment AmountService Fee
$0.01 - $50.00$5.50
$50.01 - $75.00$5.75
$75.01 - $100.00$7.00
$100.01 - $150.00$8.00
$150.01 - $200.00$9.00

For each additional increment of $50.00, or a portion thereof, add $1.40.

Online Payments

GovPayNet service fee per online transaction:

Payment AmountService Fee
$0.01 - $50.00$1.50
$50.01 - $75.00$1.75
$75.01 - $100.00$3.00
$100.01 - $150.00$4.00
$150.01 - $200.00$5.00

For each additional increment of $50.00, or a portion thereof, add $1.40.