Gallatin Municipal Court primarily handles traffic tickets that may either be a traffic infraction or a traffic misdemeanor. Examples of common traffic infractions issued by the Gallatin Police Department are speeding, running a stop sign, and following too closely. If you are unclear as to the nature of the charge against you, please contact the Recorder's Office.

Changing your court date

If you need to change your court date, contact the Gallatin Municipal Court immediately at 615-451-5893.

Ticket Basics

  • If you are unsure of your court date and time, the Online Payment System provides this information before you commit to payment. You can also use this system to find the amount of your fine.
  • Citation payments will be accepted online or in person by 4:30 p.m. on your court date. Payments made after this date must be made in person at the Gallatin Municipal Court and will be subject to a Failure to Appear fee.
  • Accepted forms of payment include: MasterCard, Visa, Money Order, Personal Check, or Cash (in person only).

Paying a Ticket without Appearing in Court

All citations will indicate your court date in the middle portion of your citation.

If your violation is listed and you wish to plead guilty without coming to court, follow these steps:
  1. Include a Money Order,Cashier's Check, or personal check made payable to Municipal Court of Gallatin. Cash is only accepted at cashier's window at City Hall. You may also Pay Online.
  2. Enclose ticket and payment in envelope
    • Mail to:
      City of Gallatin Municipal Court, room 112
      132 West Main Street
      Gallatin, TN 37066
Payment must be received by 4:30 p.m.

What to Expect

The Gallatin Municipal Court is Located in City Hall. When you arrive at the City Hall office, follow signs to the Court upstairs. Please be on time for your scheduled court date, as the judge will provide valuable information at the opening of the court session.


It is not necessary to hire an attorney to represent you; however, you may hire an attorney to represent your case.

Understanding your citation

Your court date is listed on the middle portion of the citation you received. This is the date by which you are required to either appear in court or pay your fine.

If the violation is not a “court” offense, you may pay the fine to avoid an appearance in court. By paying the fine, you are entering a plea of guilty. You may also pay by the court date on your ticket.

Failure to pay your fines

If you neglect to pay your ticket or appear in court on your court date, your driver's license may be suspended by the Department of Safety. You may be required to pay a greater amount of fines in court, reinstatement fees to the Department of Safety, and any additional costs incurred with your insurance company.  Unpaid citations are subject to collection agency fines, rules, and regulations.