The N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts created the system, which allows citizens to pay for traffic tickets online using credit or debit cards. The service applies to most waivable traffic citations, which include most speeding tickets and other citations such as failure to wear a seatbelt or expired registration. Any person who does not wish to contest a waivable citation can now just take care of it all online.
Until now, people had to pay all fines and related court costs at the courthouse or by mail. Pam Marion, Surry County clerk of superior court, thinks that many people from out of state and from Surry County will take advantage of the new payment option.
“I am pleased that the state has implemented a system that will not only make it convenient for the residents of Surry County, but also those who typically mail in or travel long distances to pay fines,” said Marion.
In addition to providing a more convenient payment option for citizens, the new system also will automatically update case records for the county. PayNCticket also should decrease courthouse traffic and wait times for citizens at the county courthouse, according to local and state officials.
“It’ll be a fairly sizable impact,” Marion remarked.
Judge John W. Smith, NCAOC director, said in a press release, “As the first online citation payment system available to Surry County, payNCticket.org will automate payment processes and improve overall courthouse procedures in Surry County. PayNCticket.org is a major step toward increasing the state’s court system’s online service capacities and meeting the technological needs of citizens.”
Now when drivers are cited for traffic violations in the county, officers will give them a slip of paper with information about PayNCticket.org.
All counties are expected to be using the system by late summer. In fiscal year 2008-2009, more than 644,000 waivable citations were paid in North Carolina, 4,452 of which were in Surry County.