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    North Carolina Traffic Tickets

    Getting a traffic ticket in North Carolina can be a serious ordeal. Not only will it affect your driving record, but it will also impact your wallet. In addition to fines and court costs, insurance companies have their own points systems, separate from what the NC Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has in place. So in addition to paying your traffic ticket and possible court costs, you may also end up paying higher insurance rates.

    Traffic Ticket Options in NC

    When you receive a traffic ticket in North Carolina, you'll usually need to appear in court and either:

    • Plead guilty and pay the associated charges.
      OR
    • Challenge your ticket.

    NOTE:Depending on your violation, you may be able to please guilty and pay your fine without having to appear in court.

    Your traffic ticket should give you all information including your:

    • Fine amount.
    • Offense.
    • Court date.
    • Ability to waive your court appearance (see below).

    Waive Your Traffic Offense

    If the officer who issued your traffic ticket indicated on the ticket that your offense can be waived, you can pay your fine without having to appear in court. Simply pay the associated costs before your set court date either:

    • Online (using a credit card).
    • In person at the county clerk's office or magistrate's office in the county where you received your violation.
      • Payment can be made by cash, cashier's check, or certified check.
    • By mail. Send a cashier's or certified check to the county clerk's office where you were charged.

    NOTE: If you waive your traffic offense, you will still receive the same penalties and insurance increases you would have received if you appeared in court.

    Appearing in Court in North Carolina

    If you appear in court in North Carolina, it is up to you whether you seek legal advice or representation from an attorney. They will let you know your legal rights and options you have in regards to your traffic ticket.

    If you can't make the set court date listed on your traffic ticket, contact the local clerk's office that you are scheduled to appear at and ask to have the date changed. In certain cases, your attorney may appear on your behalf.

    If you miss your court appearance, you may receive penalties including additional fines and even a driver's license revocation. Depending on the severity of your offense, a warrant may even be issued for your arrest.

    Driving Record Points

    Once you receive a traffic ticket, you will likely have points added to your North Carolina driving record. Receiving too many of these points can result in a suspended NC driver's license or even a revocation.

    For more information, visit our following pages:

    Insurance Rates and Traffic Tickets

    In addition to having to pay your traffic ticket fine and any court costs, your insurance rates will likely increase after committing a traffic violation. Your offense will remain on your driving records and insurance companies will use this to determine your rates in the future.

    To compare insurance rates, visit our Insurance Center.

    Reduce Your Charge

    In certain cases, your local county may allow you to complete a defensive driving course in order to defer or reduce your charge. This is determined on a case-by-case basis and not all counties offer this option. Contact the local District Attorney's Office in the county you received your traffic ticket for more information.