Pay Traffic Ticket in North Carolina

SUMMARY: How to Pay a North Carolina Traffic Ticket

If you have a “waivable" traffic ticket in North Carolina, you can pay the fine online, by mail, or in person. If you have a “non-waivable" traffic ticket, you must wait until your court appearance to pay the fine.

Continue reading this page to learn how to pay your NC traffic ticket.

NOTE: If you want to plead “not guilty" to your charge, visit our Fighting a Traffic Ticket in North Carolina page.

Know Your Options

Pay Ticket
(Plead Guilty or No Contest)

  • Pay the fine.
  • Plea bargain for a reduced charge.
  • Receive points on your driving record.
  • Incur possible jump in auto insurance rates.
  • Possible option to take driver safety course to reduce driving record points.

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Fight Ticket
(Plead Not Guilty)

  • Challenge traffic ticket via trial.
  • Either represent yourself or hire a lawyer.
  • Enter not guilty plea and then immediately ask for a Prayer for Judgment Continued (PJC).
  • Possibly lose option to plea bargain for lesser charges.

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Fighting your Traffic Ticket »

Pay a North Carolina Traffic Ticket

If you have a “waivable" traffic ticket, you can pay it:

  • Online.
  • By mail.
  • In person.

If you have a “non-waivable" traffic ticket, you must appear in court; you cannot pay your traffic ticket until after your court date. Check your traffic ticket for instructions.

Be sure to pay by the deadline date shown on your traffic ticket to avoid any additional fines or penalties.

NOTE: Paying your traffic ticket is an admission of guilt and you are waiving your right to a court hearing.


To pay your traffic ticket online, you will need your:

  • NC traffic ticket number.
  • Credit or debit card information (VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express only).

You will be charged an additional fee for online traffic ticket payments, that is calculated based on your total fine amount.

By Mail

To pay your North Carolina traffic ticket by mail, send payment by cashier's or certified check to the clerk in the county you were ticketed.

This information should be listed on your traffic ticket.

In Person

If you'd like to make your traffic ticket payment in person, you will need:

  • Cash.
  • A cashier's check.
  • A certified check.

Take your payment to either the clerk's office or magistrate's office in the county where you received your traffic ticket. Check your traffic ticket for more information.

Traffic Ticket Penalties

After paying your traffic ticket, the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will add points to your driving record. The number of points assigned will depend on the severity of your traffic violation.

It's important to check your driving record after pleading “guilty" to a traffic ticket, as an accumulation of points can lead to a suspended driver's license and an increase in your auto insurance rate.

Some major offenses may result in an automatic suspension of your NC driver's license, regardless of how many driving record points you have, such as driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI).

For more information, visit our Traffic Ticket Fines and Penalties in North Carolina page.

NC Traffic Tickets: FAQs

If you have any further questions regarding your traffic ticket, visit our NC Traffic Ticket FAQ page. Topics covered include:

  • How traffic tickets affect car insurance.
  • Limited driving permits.
  • Dismissing a traffic ticket.
  • Points leading to a suspended NC driver's license.

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