When you sign up for roadside assistance in the Advantage Auto Club (available in Illinois), you can purchase a Traffic Bond Card for $20 for six months or $30 for annual.

The bond card is an item that a driver can post with a police officer instead of surrendering their license when they receive a ticket for minor offenses. In Illinois, if you are ticketed for a minor violation, the officer will take your license as bond to guarantee your appearance in court and payment of your fine.

Your Traffic Bond Card can be used when arrested for a violation punishable by fine only, $160.00 for any single offense, or not to exceed $500.00 for multiple offenses.

In this way the driver will still have their ID to travel, cash checks or use credit cards.
The card guarantees the appearance in any State of Illinois court which requires or accepts arrest bond cards as noted above (so you can keep possession of your license).

  • For most minor motor vehicle or traffic laws and ordinances
  • Traffic Bond Card is on the approved Bond Card list for Cook County and the State of Illinois
  • Bond cards from authorized companies are acceptable as bail in the Circuit Court of Cook County for only the following traffic offenses in the following amounts:

Bond Cards

Traffic Offense Bail Amount
Minor traffic offenses that are subject to the bail schedule of Illinois Supreme Court Rule 526(a). $120
Speeding, but only when more than 20 mph over the posted limit but not more than 30 mph over the posted limit. 625 ILCS 5/11-601, Ill. Sup. Ct., R 526(c)(1). $140
Use of safety belts, driver or passenger. 625 ILCS 5/12-603.1, Ill. Sup. Ct., R 526(c)(8). $60