Court Costs

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Statutory Copies Civil Cases Criminal Cases Special Proceedings Estates
Regular copies $2.00 for first page, $0.25 for each additional page Small Claims $96.00 Criminal District and Traffic Court $188.00 (Infraction offenses) $190.00 (All other Criminal Offenses) Foreclosures $300.00 plus % of final sales price Full Administration *with or without Will*
$120.00
Certified copies $3.00 for first page, $0.25 for each additional page Civil District Court $150.00 Criminal Superior Court $372.50 Name Changes $120.00 Probate of Will Only
$30.00
Exemplified copies $10.00 for first page, $0.25 for each additional page Divorces $225.00 Failure to Appear Fee $200.00 Resumption of former name $10.00 Affidavit of Collection
$120.00
Civil Superior Court $200.00 Failure to Comply Fee $50.00 Year’s Allowance
$8.00
Transcript of Judgment $10.00 Civil Revocation Fee $100.00 Recording Will- Out of County or Out of State $6.00 for first page, $0.25 each additional page
Writs of Execution $25.00 Limited Driving Privilege $100.00 Costs of Open Estates Inventory $0.40 per every $100.00 of personal property (minimum fee $15.00)
Writs of Possession $25.00 Seat Belt and Motorcycle/ Moped Helmet Violations now carry a cost of $161.00 for District Court and $186.00 for Superior Court Annual or Final Accountings: $0.40 per every $100.00 on new estate assets (minimum fee $15.00)
$10.00 for rear passenger seatbelt violations

Methods of Payment

Types of Credit / Debit Cards Accepted and Processing Fees

American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard®, and Visa® cards are now being accepted in county courthouses. 

Credit card payments must be $1,000 or less, and can be applied to criminal, civil and other fees – with the exception of alimony, bond forfeiture, cash bonds, child support purge payments, civil judgments, condemnation awards, disputed funds, rent bonds, trusts, and upset bids. These categories are exempt because of the increased financial risk involved with these types of payments. 

A nominal processing fee will be charged at the time of payment. The fee is remitted to NIC, an independent company that processes all online payments. 

Other methods of acceptable payments are cash, cashier’s checks or money orders. Personal checks are never accepted. Cashier’s checks must be made payable to the “Clerk of Court”. 

To pay traffic tickets online with a credit or debit card, please visit www.payNCticket.org. Please read the important information listed on this page before remitting your payment.