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Police FAQ

Need to pay a Traffic Ticket? 

Contact the Traffic Violations Bureau
(901) 636-3450.

Need a Copy of a Police or Accident Report?
Contact Central Records
(901) 545-2650.

Interested in the MPD Vehicle Auctions? 
Contact Vehicle Storage 
(901) 353-8200.

Are You a Victim of Internet Fraud?
Contact the Fraud & Document Unit
(901) 545-5350.

I am interested in a career in law enforcement with the Memphis Police Department. What are the requirements and how do I apply?
To learn about becoming a Memphis Police Officer, visit our Employment/Careers page. 

I want to become more involved in my community and learn more about the Memphis Police Department. Does the MPD offer any community programs?
The Memphis Police Department?s Citizens Police Academy (CPA) is held several times a year at the eight precincts. Members of the CPA receive an in-depth look into how the various units within the police department function with instruction from officers, detectives and police specialists. Participants also ride along with officers to see first hand how police officers work. Many graduates of the CPA continue their involvement with the MPD by becoming Precinct Ambassadors.

The MPD also has programs such as the Police Athletic League (PAL) and the Scouting Program, which involve youth and officers working and playing together. Call 901-545-5700 for more information. Enrollment for these 3 programs is open and based on a first-come first-served basis. 

There are also 14 COACTs (Community Policing substations) that have active community programs and they welcome citizen involvement. For more information contact the precinct in your neighborhood.

What types of tickets are there?
City of Memphis police officers issue 3 different types of tickets, citation tickets, summons tickets, and 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 Office hours are from 8 am to 4:30 pm.

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?
Yes. 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 8:00 am to 4:30 pm at:

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

Or, you can pay in person from 10 am to 6 pm at any of the following precincts:

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 driver?s 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 to TVB and can be snail mail, phone or email: