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Pay your traffic tickets online

Posted July 7, 2010

— Thanks to the Internet, you don't have to wait anymore in long lines to pay your traffic tickets in North Carolina.

The North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts has launched an online payment system called payNCticket.org for most traffic tickets and related costs.

The system launched as a pilot in March and is now processing an average of about $24,000 per day, which has kept nearly 4,700 people from standing in line at county courthouses.

North Carolina courts handle the payment of more than 500,000 citations per year, including traffic offenses.

Prior to payNCticket, fines and related court costs could be made either in person at the courthouse or by mail.

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  • McLovin Jul 8, 10:30 a.m.

    I just paid a seat belt ticket online...my time is worth way more than the money (125) it cost to pay online than to go to the Wake Cty Court House and wait for hours. However, if you have a speeding ticket or DUI, get a lawyer, if its a stop sign or seatbelt...just pay the fine and get on with your life, it wont affect your insurance.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jul 8, 9:35 a.m.

    Don't use the website. If you go stand in the line, most of the time the DA will either reduce or drop the ticket. They have too many tickets for the judge to hear ever case so they make it worth your time not to take up the judges time.

  • Eastern N.C. Native Jul 8, 9:29 a.m.

    Good point "claytontarheel".

  • Eastern N.C. Native Jul 8, 9:27 a.m.

    jbco is right. I had a guy try and plead not guilty to a seat belt violation and a woman plead not guilty to a stop sign violation. I guess they had the same mentality of "grimreaper". Needless to say, I took the stand and testified as a witness. They attempted to cross examine me, and they got convicted. So, you can either be an adult and accept responsibility for your actions or go to trial and get convicted 99% of the time. It may have worked for "grimreaper", but that's not typical results.

    Now, if you have an expired registration ticket, broken tail/head light, expired inspection, etc. You can get that fixed and most likely have the charge dismissed if you prove it in court (take your registration/receipt).

    Have a good day!

  • claytontarheel Jul 8, 9:22 a.m.

    I've never had an attorney cost me more than the insurance gain. In most counties, the asst DA and the judge will coach you through a reasonable reduction without an attorney. Just be sure to say "yes sir", "yes maam", and "thank you". Also, be respectful to the cop when you get the ticket if you don't want hear it again in court.

  • sinenomine Jul 8, 9:05 a.m.

    Super! Now you can plead guilty over the internet!

    Best to consult a lawyer before you use this convenience. Otherwise, depending on one's driving record, you might be setting yourself up for an unpleasant surprise from your insurance company or an unwelcome letter from the DMV concerning the status of your driver's license.

  • josep4567 Jul 8, 8:59 a.m.

    IF THE SYSTEM WILL GIVE YOU A BREAK - TAKE IT! HIRE A LAWYER.

  • jbco Jul 8, 8:59 a.m.

    Listen to grimreaper at your own risk. No one ever wins a speeding trial and, when you do get convicted, you get convicted of your full speed not the reduction that was offered to you before trial. Beware false prophets!

  • Suasponte Jul 8, 8:34 a.m.

    Yep, another NC scam. I love the "vendor fees to be determined" part. I wonder who's legislative buddy got this contract? Go down and spend the time in line. After reductions, dismissals and consolidation of charges, you'll save a load of money and not have to pay "vendor fees".

  • grimreaper Jul 7, 7:55 p.m.

    Don't do it. It pays to go down there and make them earn their bloated pay. A friend of mine had a ticket for no inspection and failure to stop. I told him it is after the holiday, they will be swamped. Go down there and tell them you want your trial as you believe you did come to a complete stop and the officer's view of the intersection was poor.

    He went down and they dropped everything because they just had too many cases. He gets no points, no fine, no nothing. Never pay them unless it is necessary.

    I am 2-0-1 defending myself against "the man" in person. Bogus hit and run charge (they say I broke someone's mirror), dropped. Bogus speeding charge, changed to improper equipment (the 55 zone starts on the "other" side of this 100ft bridge). The "tie" was that the judge after I cross examined the citing deputy (that's right, I made him take the stand and questioned him regarding his use of discretion)still found me guilty but waived all fines, a whopping $250 savings on that one.

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