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Originally published: 2013-01-18 11:07:07
Last modified: 2013-01-18 11:09:05

Got a ticket? Pay online

by Staff Reports

Drivers who receive traffic citations in North Carolina now have an easier, online option for paying citation fees and related costs.

A relatively new system,, accepts payments for traffic and other offenses that will not be contested in court, allowing residents to avoid a trip to the courthouse. The system accepts credit and debit cards.

"Our new payNCticket online payment system has become the preferred method of payment for waivable traffic offenses,” said Diane Cornett Deal, clerk of superior court. “Citizens conveniently may make their payment from anywhere Internet connectivity is available. I encourage citizens not wanting to appear in court regarding their traffic citation to save gas and time and go online to pay.”

The payNCticket system was created by the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts to benefit citizens and court staff. In addition to providing a more convenient payment option, payNCticket allows for quicker disposition of cases because of its automatic updates of case records.

“The notion of payNCticket was born out of need to reduce processing and transactional work that requires a great deal of time for clerks of court,” said Mecklenburg County Clerk of Superior Court Martha Curran, who seeded the idea of such a system. “Building a system to specifically address the workload for traffic citations makes great business sense, as this is one of the highest volume work areas for courts statewide.”

Since the program began, courthouse staff members statewide have saved an estimated 7,600 hours by eliminating the need to manually take receipts. In 2012, more than 123,000 waived offenses across the state were processed via the online system.

Watauga County received 976 payments via payNCticket last year. Previously, Watauga County residents had to pay fines and court costs by going to the courthouse with cash or by mailing a money order or cashier’s check.

Most money received from traffic citations does not stay with the courts but instead goes to local government agencies and the state’s General Fund.