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frequently asked ticket questions

What type of tickets are there?
City of Memphis police officers issue 3 different types of tickets: 

1. citation tickets
2. summons tickets
3. ordinance tickets

How much is my fine?
Ticket prices may be obtained by calling the Traffic Violations Bureau at (901)-545-5450, by email at tvb@cityofmemphis.org 

Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

How much time do I have to pay my ticket?
A citation ticket is a parking ticket that should be paid within 15 days after issuance or placed on the court docket for a hearing.  After the 15 day grace period, any vehicle that has 3 or more unpaid citation tickets issued against it is subject to impoundment until all the tickets are paid. 

A summons ticket is a ticket issued by an officer to a violator, signed by the violator, and has a court date on the bottom of the ticket. Unless the ticket is marked mandatory, it is payable for the first 15 days after receipt. 

If the ticket is not paid within 15 days after receipt, the violator must appear in court on the scheduled court date on the bottom of the ticket, and additional costs may be assessed. 

Failure to pay within 15 days or appear in court will result in a default judgment being taken the violator. 

Failure to pay a default judgment within 30 days may result in the suspension of the violator’s driver’s license. 

An ordinance summons is a ticket issued for ordinance violations other than traffic offenses and requires a mandatory court appearance.

Can I pay my ticket by mail?
Fill in the information at the bottom of the back of the ticket and submit payment to:

Traffic Violations Bureau
201 Poplar Avenue Room LL-80
Memphis, Tn. 38103

How can I pay my ticket in person?
You can pay your ticket in person from 8:00a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at:

Traffic Violations Bureau
201 Poplar Avenue Rook LL-80
Memphis, Tn. 38103

Or, you can pay in person from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at any of the following precincts:

MPD North Precinct
3633 Old Allen

MPD South Precinct
791 East Raines Road

MPD East Precinct
2602 Mt. Moriah

MPD West Precinct
1925 Union Anenue

If your ticket involves one or more of the following, then you MUST appear in court:

  • Any violation resulting in serious personal injury.

  • Speeding in excess of 25 MPH over the posted speed limit.

  • Speeding in school zones.

  • Overtaking, passing school buses.

  • No drivers license.

  • Violation of state registration.

There may be other cases that require your appearance in court.  Call the phone number listed above if you are unsure of whether or not you have to appear in court.  If you still have questions regarding your ticket, check our FAQ page first if your question is still not answered contact TVB

Questions regarding the court date or the cost should always be directed t
o TVB either be snail mail, phone or email:


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