For payment information call (615) 355-5732 or come by the Smyrna Court Clerk’s Office located at the Smyrna Justice Center, 400 Enon Springs Road, East.
• Some violations may be paid over the phone by using a credit card and giving the clerk the necessary information.
• Some non-moving violations are subject to diversion—paying a dismissal cost and showing that the violation has been corrected (is now in compliance). Compliance forms are available at the Clerk’s Office.
• Payment of the violation may be cash, good check or credit card.
• Online payment is not available at this time.
Is there a way I can keep the violation off of my driving record?
Yes, if you qualify for Traffic School and attend the class successfully, your violation will be dismissed and not reported to the Department of Safety.
However, this is not an option for drivers having a Commercial Driver’s License. This is in regard to a federal law which does not permit any action (masking) which would result in the violation not being reported. The exception would be if the violation is dismissed by a Judge upon finding the CDL holder not guilty of the violation.
What are my options if I have a registration violation?
If you can show a valid registration that covers your violation date, you can pay at the Court Clerk’s office a Court Cost Diversion of $75.00 instead of the Citation Bond Amount. This must be done on or BEFORE the compliance date shown on the citation.
What are my options if I receive a citation and I am a holder of a valid CDL (Commercial Driver’s License)?
A CDL endorsement is not eligible for Traffic School diversion pursuant to Federal regulations.
What are my options if I receive a driver's license violation?
If you can show a valid driver's license that covers your violation date, you can pay at the Court Clerk’s office a Court Cost Diversion of $75.00 instead of the Citation Bond Amount. This must be done on or BEFORE the compliance date shown on the citation.
What are my options if I receive a Financial Responsibility Violation (not having or failing to show a valid proof of insurance at the time of the traffic stop)?
If you can show a valid proof of insurance that covers your violation date, you can have the violation dismissed without cost. If you are unable to show proof of valid insurance at the time the citation was written you should pay at the Court Clerk’s office a total of $118.75 - on or BEFORE the compliance date shown on the citation.
What are my options if I receive a safety equipment violation (lights, window tint, bumper, and muffler)?
If you can show that the safety violation has been successfully repaired, you can pay at the Court Clerk’s office a Court Cost Diversion of $75.00 instead of the Citation Bond Amount. This must be done on or BEFORE the compliance date shown on the citation.
This may be accomplished by coming to the Court Clerk’s office and being given an ORDER OF COMPLIANCE. Then go to the Smyrna Police Department and have an officer check the violation(s), sign off on the ORDER OF COMPLIANCE, and you return the signed ORDER OF COMPLIANCE back to the Court Clerk’s office.
What if I don't have any money to pay now?
If you cannot pay your traffic citation by the compliance date on the citation, you need to contact the Court Clerk’s Office on or before your compliance date to find out if you qualify for a continuance (additional time to the pay the citation cost).
What if I ignore my traffic ticket (citation)?
If you neglect to pay your traffic ticket either by accident or design by the compliance date listed on the ticket, you will be reported to the Tennessee Department of Safety for “Failure To Appear.” Your driver’s license may be suspended, canceled or revoked. You will be required to pay a greater amount of taxes and fees to the court as well as any reinstate fee to the TN DOS. A “Failure To Appear” is considered by the TN DOS as a “guilty.”
What if I'm not guilty of the violation?
If you wish to contest the citation or a violation listed on the citation (some citations list one violation and others may have multiple violations listed), contact the Clerk’s office (615) 355-5732 within TEN days of the citation’s issue date for instructions. You will be asked to fill out a form naming the violation and giving the basis of your contesting the violation.
What is Traffic School and how can I qualify for it?
Traffic School is a four hour class that may be taken once every twelve months for any moving violation. By attending this class, you are conditionally pleading guilty; however attending the class will keep the citation off of your driving record.
You are eligible to attend traffic school if the citation you have received is for a moving traffic violation AND you have not attended driving school in the past 12 months. You may attend traffic school even if your ticket is for careless driving. Careless drivers will probably benefit from taking the class.
If you choose the option of attending Traffic School, you must appear on or before your designated compliance date at the Court Clerk’s Office. You will select a date to attend the one-time, four-hour class. The total cost for the Traffic School is $160.00. This amount must be paid before you will be allowed to sign up for a class date. You will not pay the amount for the moving violation.
Once you have completed the class, your violation will be dismissed – which means that it will not be reported to the state to go on your driving record.
If you fail to complete the class – you will be considered guilty of the violations and will be held accountable for any additions that exceed the amount paid to attend the class and this will be reported to the Department of Safety to go on your driving record.
Traffic School is usually held Mondays at 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm or Saturdays 8:00am to 12:00 pm. Again, you must contact the Court Clerk’s Office for the schedule of open classes.
Will the violations on my ticket/citation go on my driving record?
If you pay a citation (moving violation), it will be reported to the Department of Safety and the applicable points will be recorded as a part of your driving history.