Minor traffic citations do not require a court appearance and can simply be paid off before your court date. Directly paying off your citation, however, carries certain consequences.

As the reverse-side of your citation informs you, paying a citation before the court date is the same as appearing in court and pleading "responsible" (guilty) to the original charge. This conviction may result in points being assessed against your license and your insurance premiums may also rise.

An appearance in court can often result in a reduction of your citation, which may save you a substantial amount in insurance premiums and keep your driving record clean. The Assistant District Attorney in your courtroom will talk with you about a possible citation reduction.

Some traffic citations require a court appearance and cannot be paid prior to the court date. If you fail to appear on your court date as required, your driver's license may be revoked and you may be arrested. If your personal court appearance is not required, there are two (3) ways to pay a traffic citation prior to your court date:

  • Online . You may pay your citation using a credit or debit card by visiting www.payNCticket.org .   This online payment system uses a third party vendor for secure transactions. There is an additional minor fee for use of this system at the time of payment.
  • In person . You may pay your citation at the Clerk's Office Finance Division, located on the 2nd floor of the Stokes County Government Center, no later than the last working day prior to your court date.
    You must pay in cash, by certified check, or by money order;
    we do not accept personal checks.
  • By mail . Make a certified check or money order payable to the Clerk of Superior Court for the amount shown on the front of your citation.
    We do not accept personal checks.

Mail your citation and payment to:

Clerk of Superior Court
ATTN: Traffic Court
PO Box 250
Danbury, NC 27016

Traffic Court is normally held on a Friday in the Clerk’s Office. The hours that you may come in for traffic ticket is anytime between 8:30am and 12pm the day of court.