The District Attorney’s Office prosecutes more than 175,000 traffic cases every year in Mecklenburg County. To assist community members and ease the burden that the high volume of traffic cases puts on the local court system, the DA’s Office offers options that allow members of the public to address their traffic tickets prior to the scheduled court date. The DA’s Office is unable to reschedule court dates or negotiate pleas over the telephone, so if you have received a traffic citation, please come to court or utilize one of the options described below before your court date.
Resolving your traffic citation in Mecklenburg County
Come to court
Your traffic citation should list a court date. If you’d like to come to court to resolve a traffic citation or contest the citation, you should appear at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse on your scheduled court date. If you’d like to address your traffic citation prior to your court date, you may utilize one of the other options provided below.
Hire an attorney
You may wish to hire an attorney. The DA’s Office cannot provide legal advice or advise you as to whether you should hire an attorney.
Visit the prosecutor-staffed station at the courthouse
On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, an Assistant District Attorney (ADA) staffs a station at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse that is open to the public 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. This station is located in the Clerk’s Office on the second floor of the courthouse. The ADA at this station may reduce speeding tickets and dismiss compliance cases if proof of compliance is provided. (Compliance cases include citations such as expired registration, lapsed insurance and expired driver’s license.) The ADA at this station cannot move future court dates.
Some traffic citation fines issued in North Carolina and related costs can be paid online with a credit card using the payNCticket system. If you plan to not contest this citation and want to pay your fine and related costs online, visit www.payNCticket.org. If you or your attorney have negotiated a reduced charge, you should not use payNCticket. Before proceeding to pay your citation fine and costs, please carefully read the "Notice to Defendant" on your citation. It contains important information about your obligations and options.
Electronic Compliance and Dismissal
Through the online Electronic Compliance and Dismissal (ECAD) system, you can request the dismissal of traffic violations pertaining to your driver’s license, registration and inspection if you have obtained compliance with the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). This system, which is linked to the DMV database, allows you to electronically submit a request for a dismissal to the District Attorney’s Office. Requests for a dismissal through ECAD must be made prior to seven business days from your scheduled court date. Whether a request is approved or denied, ECAD will notify you by email if you need to appear in court on the assigned date. There is no cost associated with requesting dismissal of a case via ECAD. Some exclusions apply. For more information and to access ECAD, visit the North Carolina court system’s online services.
Frequently asked questions about traffic citations
+What effect will a traffic ticket have on my driver's license privileges or insurance points?
The DA’s Office is not allowed to provide legal advice. You should contact the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or your insurance company to learn more about the impact of a traffic ticket. You may also hire an attorney to assist you with your case.
+Where can I get information about traffic school?
+Can someone else appear for me on my court date?
For some offenses, an attorney can appear in your place. The DA's Office cannot advise you as to whether this applies in your case. Please consult an attorney.
+Can I resolve my traffic ticket without coming to court?
You are expected to appear in court on your scheduled court date, however, the DA’s Office offers several options to resolve some traffic citations before your court date. Please see the above information for details.
+Where is the courthouse?
The Mecklenburg County Courthouse is located at 832 E. 4th Street in Charlotte. Please see our map and directions page for more information.
+What should I do if I missed my court date for a traffic citation?
Speak with an Assistant District Attorney (ADA) who staffs a station at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays. The station is located in the Clerk’s Office on the second floor of the courthouse.
+Where can I pay for my traffic citation?
Mecklenburg County Courthouse. Please contact the cashier department at 704-686-0450 for information regarding accepted forms of payment. If you don’t want to contest the citation, and you’d like to pay your fine and related costs online, visit http://www.payncticket.org
+What forms of payment are accepted when paying for a traffic ticket at the courthouse?
Contact the Clerk of Court for payment details. The cashier is located on the first floor of the Mecklenburg County Courthouse and can be reached by telephone at 704-686-0450.