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Wake County Probation Payments and Court Fines and Fees Online

 

Wake County, and the rest of the North Carolina court system, now accept credit cards and debit cards as forms of payment for court costs and fines.  In the past, court costs and fines needed to be paid in cash or by some form of certified check.  This policy created a substantial burden on folks as court costs alone for the simplest traffic matters run in excess of $180, and many people just don’t carry cash these days.  An ATM stood prominently in the lobby of the Wake County Justice Center for those willing to accept high ATM fees, while others walked downtown searching for a branch of their bank.

Whether an intended consequence or not, I suspect the changed policy will help clear the District Court docket and reduce the daily case load.  A lot of people request a continuance so they can have more time to save up the court costs and fines.  Accepting credit cards may allow a person in this situation to resolve their traffic ticket in a single court date rather than multiple times on the calendar.  The changed policy also makes it easier for individuals to satisfy their court costs and fines without having to get on the deferred payment plan.  Though convenient and necessary for some, the deferred payment plan adds an additional $20 to an already burdensome financial obligation.

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles this week launched an online driver’s license renewal program that allows most people to update their license and pay by credit card.

“This new service is a major milestone in our continued efforts to improve customer service online and in our DMV offices throughout the state, making it faster, easier and more convenient for people to complete their business and get back to their busy lives,” Gov. Pat McCrory said in a statement.

In its first three days of operation, more than 7,000 people statewide renewed or requested a replacement for a lost license online, and DMV officials estimated the online option will save North Carolina residents 125,000 hours this year and an estimated 188,000 hours in 2016.

Updated – Read about it on wral.com here.

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