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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a Leash Law in Smithville?


Yes.  Ordinance 235.120 requires owners to keep control of their dogs by either a leash or a proper enclosure (fence).  No dog shall be allowed to roam upon the streets or sidewalks of the City, unless the dog is securely fastened to a leash. 


Do I need to license my dog in Smithville?


Yes.  Ordinance 235.030 requires dogs over the age of six (6) months to be registered with the City.
Registration fee:  spayed/neutered - $10.00
                                unaltered - $20.00
                                replacement tag - $5.00

A completed registration form and a proof of rabies vaccine is required.
How do I start a Neighborhood Watch?

Click here for Neighborhood Watch information

How can I get fingerprinted for a job?


Fingerprints can be taken between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.  No appointment is necessary.  There is a fee of $15.00 per card.


How do I request a Criminal Records Check for myself?


All criminal records checks must go through the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

You may use the Missouri Automated Criminal History System (MACHS) online.

Do I need a permit for my residential/business alarm system?


No.  The City of Smithville does not issue permits for alarm systems.  We do recommend that you make sure your alarm company has the phone number for the dispatch center on file, 816-858-3521.  This will insure the quickest response possible.


Why does the Smithville Police Department use the Platte County Sheriff’s Department’s Communications Center, when Smithville is in Clay County?


We moved our police communications to the Platte County Sheriff’s Department for several reasons. 


The Platte County Sheriff’s Department currently dispatches for the Smithville Fire Protection District and the Northland Regional Ambulance District, both of which provide services to Smithville.  Moving the police communications will allow all aspects of public safety to communicate much easier, and provide better service for the community.


This move also allowed us to roll our telephones over after hours and on weekends and holidays.  This means that when you call the police department after hours you will speak to a dispatcher, not a recorded message as you would have in the past.


Platte County has implemented a new, state of the art, radio system that offers better coverage to our area. 


We believe this move will provide better services to the citizens of Smithville.

Does the Smithville Police Department have a ride-along program?

Yes.  The ride-along is an observer only, and should not become involved in or interfere with an situation, either physically or verbally.  Ride-alongs should be dressed in either business casual attire or neat, clean, casual attire.  Jeans, shorts, spandex, leggins, T-shirts, and sweats are not acceptable.  Official uniforms, EMS, law enforcement attire, police academy uniforms, and any clothing/equipment resemble these are prohibited.   Cameras and tape recorders are not permitted.  The officer may terminate the ride if the participant fails to follow the regulations or is acting in a manner inconsistent with the best interest of the Police Department.

Download a ride-along request form.

How do I file a claim in small claims court?

All small claims are handled in the Circuit Court in Clay County, Liberty, MO.

Identity Theft: What should I do?

According to 2018 Identity Fraud: Fraud Enters a New Era of Complexity from Javelin Strategy & Research, in 2017, there were 16.7 million victims of identity fraud, a record high that followed a previous record the year before. Criminals are engaging in complex identity fraud schemes that are leaving record numbers of victims in their wake. The amount stolen hit $16.8 billion last year as 30 percent of U.S. consumers were notified exposure to a data breach last year, an increase of 12 percent from 2016.

We've included some helpful forms below.

ID Information for Tax Payers
Security Awareness for Taxpayers
IRS ID Theft Affidavit
MO ID Theft Form
Identity Theft Resource Guide
FTC Identity Theft