Frequently Asked Questions


General Questions
Domestic - divorce/dissolution, child support, ex parte, name change
Civil - lawsuits, small claims, landlord/tenant
Criminal - traffic, misdemeanors, felonies



General Questions

What forms of payments are acceptable to the Courts?
How do I obtain copies from case files and what is the cost?
What do the new case numbers mean?
What does the -01 mean following the case number?
How do I get Process papers served?
Who may be a Special Process Server?
How may I find a Special Process Server?

What forms of payments are acceptable to the Courts?

Pay at the Circuit Clerk's office: We accept payment by cash, cashier's check, money order, business checks, MasterCard, Visa, and Discover Card. We do not accept personal checks.

Pay online: If you owe money on an existing case, you may pay online with a Visa or MasterCard at www.greenecourtpayments.com.

Pay by phone: If you owe money on an existing case, you my pay by phone with a Visa or MasterCard at (888) 497-2387.

Pay at our EZ Pay kiosk: If you owe money on an existing case, you my pay with cash or credit/debit card at our EZ Pay kiosk which is located in the Price Cutter store on the corner of Chestnut Expressway and West Bypass.

Any payment made with a debit/credit card or at the kiosk is subject to third party fee.

How do I obtain copies from case files and what is the cost?

Copies may be obtained by coming to the Clerk's office in person and paying 10 cents per page ($1.50 extra for certified documents), or if this is not possible, submitting a written request to the Circuit Clerk. (For domestic files prior to August 28, 2009, you must be a party to the case, attorney of record, or have permission for the court otherwise you will only be allowed to have a redacted copy of the judgment.) Please provide the following information in its entirety:

Specify what you are wanting a copy of

  • Phone number in case of questions
  • Copy of ID, if necessary
  • Self-addressed stamped envelope
  • $3.00 Money Order (per document for plain copy) -OR- $5.00 Money Order (per document for certified copy)

Send your request to:

Greene County Circuit Clerk
1010 Boonville
Springfield, MO 65802

Copies will be mailed approximately 3 business days after the receipt of the request.

What do the new case numbers mean?

Year Circuit   Type Sequential number  
08 31 - CR 000001 Criminal Cases (Misdemeanor or Felony)
08 31 - MU 000001 Municipal Cases
08 31 - TC 000001 Treatment Court Cases
08 31 - CV 000001 Civil Cases (Associate Civil, Circuit Civil, Domestic Relations, Small Claims)
08 31 - PR 000001 Probate Cases
08 31 - MH 000001 Mental Health Cases
08 31 - MC 000001 Miscellaneous Cases

What does the -01 mean following the case number?

The -01 means that the master (original) case has been disposed, but the case continues on for further action. For example: a Criminal felony case bound over to Circuit ; or an Associate Civil judgment set aside; or a Motion to Modify Dissolution of Marriage; or a Deceased Estates are all situations which would create a Sub Case. The -01 is called a Sub Case.

The -01 does not mean that the case is located in Division 1. The Division number is not reflected in the case number.

Criminal Cases
Pre-JIS Converted to: New Cases with JIS number
304CM3273 to 31304CM3273 0831-CR00001 (Misdemeanor)
306CF11888 to 31306CF11888 0831-CR00002 (Felony Master Case)
  0831-CR00002-01 (Felony Sub Case)
Traffic Cases
Pre-JIS Converted to: New Cases with JIS Number
307CT5137 to 31307CT5137 111111111 (Ticket number)
Civil Cases
Pre-JIS Converted to: New Cases with JIS number
307AC0927 to 31307AC0927 0831-CV00001 (Associate Civil)
306SC2609 to 31306SC2609 0831-CV00002 (Small Claims)
106DR2997 to 31106DR2997 0831-CV00003 (Domestic Relations)
105CC3205 to 31105CC3205 0831-CV00004 (Circuit Civil)
  0831-CV00004-01 (Sub case)
Probate Cases
Pre-JIS Converted to: New Cases with JIS number
CV2P07-00011 to 312P07-00011 0831-PR00001
CV2P07-00210 to 312P07-00210 0831-PR00002
  0831-PR00002-01 (Sub case)

How do I get Process papers served?

Process papers are served with either the Sheriff delivering them or some Process papers may be served with a Special Process Server.

Who may be a Special Process Server?

A Special Process Server must be a natural person of lawful age who is not a party to this action. A request for appointment of a person other than the Sheriff shall be made in the Circuit Clerk's office. Appointing a person other than the Sheriff to serve, shall be made at the risk of the requesting party.

How may I find a Special Process Server?

You may find Special Process Servers through the phone book or internet and look under "Process Servers".



Domestic - divorce/dissolution, child support, ex parte, name change

How do I change my name and how much does it cost?
What are the filing fees for a name change?
Where can I get name change forms?
Can I file for a divorce without an attorney?
What do I need to do to file for divorce?
How do I obtain a copy of my divorce decree and what is the cost?
How can I collect delinquent child support?
I have filed an Income Withholding Application. How long should I expect to wait until I receive my first check?
I owe child support and want the support to be withheld from my check. How can I do this?
How do I request termination of child support at age 21?
More helpful Child Support phone #'s:

How do I change my name and how much does it cost?

A person may file a petition and a verified affidavit pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 95 requesting that the court grant a name change. If the Petitioner (the person filing the case) is the only party to the action, there is no waiting period for the case to be heard. Please contact us for information regarding the day of the week your case can be taken before the court.

If the court enters an order changing the name, we will provide a notification of name change to The Daily Events, a local paper that publishes information about Greene County court cases.

The Bureau of Vital Records must receive a certified copy of a court order changing the name of a person born in this state. Our office does not send this out automatically, you must request it to be done. We require a fee of $1.50 per document and $0.10 per page to certify your judgment and forward it on to the Bureau.

If you would like a birth certificate amended, a request from the person whose name is changed must also be received by Vital Records along with the certified copy. The applicable Vital Records processing fee should also be included with the court order and request; please contact the Bureau of Vital Records in Jefferson City to find out how much these fees are.

What are the filing fees for a name change?

The filing fee for a name change is $187.00. This includes the publication fee for the FINAL ORDER ONLY (additional fees may apply).

Where can I get name change forms?

We do not have any forms available for name changes in our office. Your local library may have some forms available or you may search the internet, please keep in mind that these may not be state approved and whether or not they are acceptable will be up to the judge hearing the case. If you have questions about the legality of any forms you obtain, please contact an attorney.

Can I file for a divorce without an attorney?

Pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 88.09, every party not represented by counsel who participates in a proceeding for dissolution of marriage, legal separation, paternity or the modification of a judgment in any such proceeding shall use the pleading forms found at http://www.selfrepresent.mo.gov/page.jsp?id=5240, and shall complete the litigant awareness program designed by the Supreme Court also found at the above listed website. The litigant shall complete this program and shall certify to the Court, in writing, that he/she has completed this program. The judge of the division in which any such action is pending may waive this requirement.

Although Greene County is not requiring that all parties only use the forms found on the Self Represent website, it is a great source of information and the forms are provided at no charge.

If you are unsure of the requirement to proceed, we strongly urge you to seek the advice of an attorney.

What do I need to do to file for divorce?

To file for divorce requires that you file a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. The filing fee is $132.00 and $35.00 for the service fee within Greene County. (If your spouse is in another county you must contact that local Sheriff's Dept. to determine the service fee amount.)

To get the petition paperwork you may go to http://www.courts.mo.gov. They have some forms and an informational section entitled "Representing Yourself." If you have children, you will also need to fill out an additional form called a 'clerk's information sheet,' which is available in our office.

A divorce proceeding can be complicated and you should give serious consideration to hiring professional legal help. Please feel free to call our office at (417) 868-4074 if you have any additional questions. Please note: We cannot give legal advice per Court Operating Rule 25.

How do I obtain a copy of my divorce decree and what is the cost?

Copies of a divorce decree may be obtained by coming to the Clerk's office in person and paying 10 cents per page ($1.50 extra for certified documents), or if this is not possible, submitting a written request and proper payment to the Circuit Clerk. If the divorce decree is dated before August 28, 2009 you must prove that you are a party to the case by showing a current official ID. If you are requesting it by mail, you must send a copy of a current official ID. Please provide the following information in its entirety:

  • Name of the parties at the time of the divorce
  • Approximate month and year of divorce
  • Copy of ID, if necessary
  • Phone number in case of questions
  • Self-addressed stamped envelope
  • $3.00 Money Order (for plain copy) -OR- $5.00 Money Order (for certified copy)

Send your request to:

Greene County Circuit Clerk
1010 Boonville
Springfield, MO 65802

Copies will be mailed approximately 3 business days after the receipt of the request.

How can I collect delinquent child support?

If you are currently a client of the Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) you may call (417) 895-6338 to speak with your caseworker. If you do not have an active case with DCSE and the non-custodial parent (NCP) is delinquent one full month by 30 days or more, you may request that a Notice of Income Withholding be issued to the NCP's employer. This request will be of no charge to you, however, you must complete an Income Withholding form in its entirety and submit it to the Court in person or by mail at:

Greene County Circuit Clerk
Attn: Child Support
1010 Boonville
Springfield, MO 65802

I have filed an Income Withholding Application. How long should I expect to wait until I receive my first check?

Pursuant to State Statutes, an Income Withholding Notice shall go into effect on the named employee/payee two weeks after mailing and shall continue until further order of the Court. In addition, amounts withheld by the employer shall be transmitted within seven (7) business days of the date that such amounts were payable to the employee. Upon receiving payment at the Family Support Payment Center, you should expect a one-day processing delay before your check is mailed to you.

I owe child support and want the support to be withheld from my check. How can I do this?

You may request your employer to withhold court ordered child support from your wages by completing an Income Withholding form. A copy of this form must be submitted to the Circuit Clerk's Office in person or by mail.

How do I request termination of child support at age 21?

Please call our child support office at (417) 868-4006 for more information.

More helpful Child Support phone #'s:

Child Support Customer Service Call Center (enforcement calls only)
(866) 313-9960
Child Support Employer Information
(800) 585-9234
Child Support General Information
(800) 859-7999
Child Support Payment Information (IVR)
(800) 225-0530



Civil - lawsuits, small claims, landlord/tenant

How much does it cost to file a landlord Petition?
Where can I get landlord Petition (eviction) forms?
How do I get a "Satisfaction of Judgment" after I've paid the judgment?
I paid my judgment, why is it still showing on my credit?
Can I have more than one garnishment at a time?
Can I see garnishment information online?
How do I file for Head of Household?
When do I have to mail in the Interrogatories to garnishee answers and/or money withheld on the garnishment?
What is the Sheriff's fee or fee for the garnishment?
I am an employer and the garnishee has the defendant as someone who has been terminated or never worked at this employer. What do I do with the garnishment?
Where can I get the forms for garnishments?
As an employer how do I calculate the amount to withhold from the defendant's check?
If the defendant has paid the garnishment off can I stop the garnishment?
How do I get a lost title for my vehicle, boat, or trailer?

How much does it cost to file a landlord Petition?

The court filing fee is $48.00 plus the service fee. Currently the service fee for Greene County is $35.00 per defendant.

Where can I get landlord Petition (eviction) forms?

These forms may be purchased from most attorneys or office supply companies and some housing associations. Please refer to our Tenant/Landlord or Attorney Referral section for more information.

They are also available in the Circuit Clerk's office with other available forms.

How do I get a "Satisfaction of Judgment" after I've paid the judgment?

When a judgment or decree is satisfied, the judgment creditor should immediately file an acknowledgment of satisfaction. These forms are available in our office or on-line. The satisfaction may be entered by the judgment creditor, his attorney of record, or his agent (if an agent, his authority shall be filed).

If a judgment creditor has received satisfaction of a judgment and fails to acknowledge such satisfaction, any interested person may apply to the court where the judgment was entered for an order showing satisfaction.

I paid my judgment, why is it still showing on my credit?

The Credit Bureau gets judgment information off our computer. When you have paid the judgment, it is up to the person you have paid to file a satisfaction with our office. We do not report information to the Credit Bureau, so it will be up to them to check our computer again to see that it has been satisfied and to update your credit report. It will still be on your credit, but it will show satisfied.

Can I have more than one garnishment at a time?

Yes, as long as the garnishee (employer) is abiding by the requirements of a maximum of 25% of net income less any exemption or 10% if Defendant has filed head of household paperwork. For example if a person has 5 garnishments, it can be divided as 5% per garnishment if it is the 25% amount or 2% each garnishment if is the 10% amount.

Can I see garnishment information online?

Yes, you can use our website www.greenecountycourts.org and click on our link to Case.net. You can view all the information from the case including payments received on garnishments for up to 90 days from date of payment that were issued on and after April 14, 2008.

How do I file for Head of Household?

The exemption form is included in the paperwork that is provided to your employer or organization when the garnishment is executed. Please fill out as needed, notarize, and return form to the employer or organization.

When do I have to mail in the Interrogatories to garnishee answers and/or money withheld on the garnishment?

You have until 10 days after the "return date" of the garnishment to turn everything in to the Circuit Clerk's office.

What is the Sheriff's fee or fee for the garnishment?

The Sheriff's fee in Greene County is $35.00, if it goes to any other county or state you will have to call the Sheriff's office in that county to find out the amount and how they take payment. There is no charge to process the garnishment.

I am an employer and the garnishee has the defendant as someone who has been terminated or never worked at this employer. What do I do with the garnishment?

Attached to the Garnishment are Interrogatories to Garnishee, just answer them and return an original to the Circuit Clerks office and a copy to the person who filed the garnishment. Please notate what date the defendant was terminated or state the defendant was never employed with the employer.

Where can I get the forms for garnishments?

We have forms at the Circuit Clerks office for both the Garnishment and Interrogatories to Garnishee. You can also go online to www.Courts.mo.gov and click on Court forms then click on civil forms and you can print the form for the Garnishment only.

As an employer how do I calculate the amount to withhold from the defendant's check?

Unfortunately we are unable to help you with the calculations due to statute. If you view the back of the garnishment it gives you the information you need on how to answer this question. You may need to contact your business' accountant or attorney.

If the defendant has paid the garnishment off can I stop the garnishment?

No, Even though the amount that has been withheld from the defendant has paid the amount due that was given on the garnishment, the judgment against the defendant may include interest and other fees. Only the Plaintiff or a Judge can release the garnishment. If the defendant has overpaid the debt, the defendant will need to contact the party who filed the garnishment for return of funds.

How do I get a lost title for my vehicle, boat, or trailer?

You will either need to go to an Attorney so they can prepare a petition and order or you will need to research how to prepare one yourself. We are not authorized to give legal advice on how to prepare the petition. The filing fee is $48.00 made payable to the Greene County Circuit Clerk's Office.

The Department of Revenue in Jefferson City which is in Cole County must be served the summons and petition. The Cole County Sheriff charges $30.00 to serve the petition and summons. The $30.00 check needs to be made payable to the Cole County Sheriff.

After the petition is filed and the appropriate fees paid, we will prepare a summons and will send it to the Cole County Sheriff to serve on the Department of Revenue. We will mail you a receipt with the court date written on it.

You will need to be here on your court date for the Judges decision.



Criminal - traffic, misdemeanors, felonies

How do I get my drivers license reinstated?
Do I have to appear in court or can I just pay my ticket?
Can I pay my ticket over the phone?
Do I have to hire an attorney for my traffic ticket?
What do I do if I have a warrant?
How do I get my cash bond back?
How do I get an extension on my fines, costs and/or programs?
How do I find my court appearance time?

How do I get my drivers license reinstated?

  1. Determine the reason(s) why your driving privilege was suspended or revoked. This information is included in the letter(s) you received from the Driver License Bureau when your driving privilege was taken away, or can be found on your current Missouri driver record. You may purchase a copy of your current driver record at any Missouri contract office, or call (573) 526-2407. The basic fee for a Missouri driver record is $5.88 per driver record. Other fees may apply.
  2. Note all reasons why your driving privilege was taken away. A reason should be listed on each letter, and all the reasons will be listed on your driver record under "Department Actions." If all the dates show you may now get your driving privilege back, use the chart to find out what forms to file, if any, and how much you must pay. If it is still too soon to get your driving privilege back, you may want to read the information about limited driving privileges.
  3. If you have two or more reasons why your driving privilege was taken away, look on the chart under each reason to see what forms you need and the total amount to pay. NOTE: You will only need to file one proof of liability insurance form (i.e., SR-22 form; click here for a sample SR-22 form ) even if it is required under all reasons for which you lost your driving privilege. For more information go to: Missouri DOR

Do I have to appear in court or can I just pay my ticket?

All tickets that have an actual court date on them must come to court. (This excludes any tickets that say "Due within 30 days" or "D-30")

Can I pay my ticket over the phone?

No, we are not set up to take payments over the phone. Our office only accepts cashier's checks, money orders, cash, or business checks. You can either mail in your payment to our office or drop it by our office.

Do I have to hire an attorney for my traffic ticket?

You do not have to hire an attorney to come to court. If you would like to hire one you can, but it is not required.

What do I do if I have a warrant?

All warrants require an appearance before the judge. All courts see unscheduled cases Monday through Friday at 9:00 AM. Please come to the Circuit Clerk's office first, preferably by 8:30 AM so your file can be sent to the court.

How do I get my cash bond back?

Any cash bond must be ordered refunded by the judge.

How do I get an extension on my fines, costs and/or programs?

Any extension must be approved by the judge and will require a court appearance.

How do I find my court appearance time?

You may check the Greene County Circuit Clerk's web site under Court Calendar or Case.net.