BEAUFORT, N.C. (WNCT) – All North Carolina residents will soon have the possibility of having their traffic tickets dismissed online without having to go to court. It’s part of a new service called Electronic Compliance and Dismissal, or ECAD, and you can access it on any laptop or mobile device.
The new online service will help residents of Carteret County avoid those long lines in court by getting their ticket taken care of ahead of time. The program will be available statewide beginning July 18. It was originally only available in Wake, Ashe, Allegheny, Buncombe, Guilford, Wilkes and Yadkin counties.
Carteret County Superior Court Clerk Pamela Hanson says it will alleviate the backlog. “For the court system, the benefit will be making it so easy for the DA because you can imagine having so many people banging on the door all day trying to find the DA,” Hanson said. “This can now go into a queue and they can approve them or disapprove them at their convenience.”
Getting to the form is easy. Just go to the website onlineservices.nccourts.org then click on the ECAD link. After completing the form you’ll get a confirmation email notifying you to whether your request has been approved or not.
There are currently eight offenses available online for dismissal. They are: no license, failure to carry a valid license, expired license, expired or no inspection, registration plate not on display, no MV registration, canceled/revoked/suspended tags, and expired registration or tag. However, the wait time depends on the number of requests.
It’s a service Carteret County resident Franklin Adkins says he’ll utilize. “I think it’s a good idea because the court can be packed sometimes,” Adkins said. “Sometimes they’ll continue your case and you won’t be able to pay your ticket off and maybe you need to drive or something. You need to get it done then.”
One requirement is that you have to submit your request five to seven days before your scheduled court appearance. If you don’t, your claim won’t be recognized and you’ll have to come to court.
Additional offenses not currently included will be added soon.