Fines, fees and costs for traffic infractions and parking violations must be paid on a payable offense before the scheduled court date or after a case has been sentenced. If a defendant wants to contest a citation or needs additional time to pay, he or she must appear in Court by his or her scheduled court date. Failure to pay a citation or personally appear at Court within the designated court date will typically result in a bench warrant issuance and/or notice of driver’s license suspension with the applicable department of motor vehicles.
Charges that carry the possibility of a jail sentence upon conviction cannot be resolved by mail - the defendant must appear in court to answer the charge(s). If a defendant has questions concerning the seriousness of the offense with which he or she has been charged, may contact the Municipal Court office at (417) 624-0820.
Fines may also be paid with cash, check, credit card (only VISA / MasterCard), cashier’s check, or money order at the Municipal Court Clerk’s Office, 303 East 3rd Street, Joplin, Missouri 64801. Municipal Court office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Payments and correspondence may be mailed to the Joplin Municipal Court, 303 East 3rd Street, Joplin, Missouri 64804. Please reference the citation number and defendant's name or include the citation with your payment.
Please make checks payable to City of Joplin. There will be a $25.00 charge on all returned checks.