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Will you be given a ticket for an expired tag in Shelby County?

Tennessee's first new license plates since 2006 continue to cause major backlogs for the Shelby County Clerk's Office.

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — All of the confusion at the Shelby County Clerk's Office has drivers wondering if they can legally be given a ticket for an expired tag even though the backlog at the county clerk's office isn't their fault.

THE QUESTION

Will you be given a ticket for an expired tag in Shelby County?

OUR SOURCES

THE ANSWER

This is true.

Yes, you can be pulled over and it's up to the discretion of that officer to give you a ticket.

Shelby County deputies said they've been briefed about the backlog and they recommend you print your receipt to show an officer you've paid for your renewal but haven't received it yet.

“We are aware of the problem," the sheriff's office said. "We recommend that citizens print their receipt when they pay for their tag renewal online so that if they are stopped by an officer, they can show that they paid their renewal fee but have not received their tag through the mail yet."  

The same is true for Memphis police and the suburban departments.

It gets even murkier if you travel out of state where officers may not know about the mess in Shelby County. Keep those receipts handy.

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