Use the services below for all non-eCourts counties.
For eCourts counties (Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Mecklenburg, Wake), find eCourts services available. Learn more about eCourts. 12 Counties (Track 3) to Transition to eCourts on February 5, 2024.
Enter your PENDING citation number to see options. If eligible, you may pay the ticket, request speeding reduction or compliance dismissal.*
Court Date Notifications
Subscribe to court date notifications and reminders for criminal cases. Receive email or SMS/text message reminders.
Court Collections and Payments
If your case is DISPOSED (have been to traffic court or criminal court) and owe money, you may be able to pay costs, fines, or fees online.
*View the Traffic Violations Help Topic and Criminal Cases Help Topic for more information about handling your case/citation/ticket online, including the process and options for payment, reduction, dismissal, etc.
eCourts Guide & File
Guide & File is a free online service to help users prepare court documents to file for certain case types.
- Answer online questions to prepare the case filing.
- Automatically create legal documents for free.
- Print documents to file with the clerk of court.
*After completing the guided interview, you will see next steps instructions on what to do with your forms and how the court process works. Be sure to log out and close your browser when finished.
Disclaimer: Judicial Branch employees are not permitted to provide legal advice or help fill out these forms for the public. For legal advice or questions about legal rights and remedies, the public may consult an attorney licensed to practice law in North Carolina.
Guide & File Case Types Available
- Absolute Divorce*
- Adult Guardianship
- Adult Name Change
- Application for Certificate of Verification of Prior Expunction
- Domestic Violence Protective Order*
- Motion to Claim Exempt Property*
- Petition to Proceed as an Indigent*
- Year’s Allowance
- Summary Administration
- Small Estate Administration
- Request for Dismissal or Speeding Reduction for Traffic Citations* (eCourts counties only, not available in Mecklenburg)
- Request for Relief from Fines, Fees, and Other Monetary Obligations
- Small Claims*
- Money Owed*
- Repossession of Personal Property*
- Summary Ejectment
- Complaint in Summary Ejectment
- Tenant’s Answer and Counterclaims*
- Appeal to District Court
*eFiling is available for these case types in eCourts counties only.
- Guide & File FAQs and How-To Basics
- Guide & File Support
- DVPO: DV Agency Advocates Quick Reference Guide
- Request for Dismissal or Speeding Reduction for Traffic Citations User Guide (eCourts counties only, not available in Mecklenburg)
- News: May 2023 | March 2021 | August 2020 | Guide & File video
- Guide & File Fact Sheet
eFile Court Documents
File court documents (registration required) for Supreme Court or Court of Appeals. Search and view case information and documents (public).
File court documents, pay filing fees, send court notices, and more (registration required).
File court documents** or view case info (registration required) in select counties for civil superior, foreclosure, or domestic violence cases.
eFiling (File & Serve) offers secure online access for attorneys and self-represented litigants to file in in eCourts counties (Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Mecklenburg, and Wake).
- **eFiling civil superior and foreclosure cases: currently only available for Chowan County.
- **eFiling domestic violence cases: currently only available for Alamance, Brunswick, Cumberland, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Forsyth, Guilford, Onslow, Orange, Rockingham, and Rowan counties.
- Legacy Civil eFiling User Manual
- eFiling is required for attorneys filing in eCourts counties
- Supreme Court Approves Amendments to Rule 5 and Rule 5.1 of General Rules of Practice for Superior and District Courts - February 2023
- Business Court Filer's Quick Reference
Additional Services and Requests
File a complaint with the Judicial Standards Commission of judicial misconduct against judges, justices, commissioners and deputy commissioners. The Commission has no jurisdiction to hear complaints about magistrates, clerks of court or other court staff, administrative law judges, attorneys or federal judges.
Current list of Bondsman/Sureties authorized to write a bond in a specified county.
When two parties can’t come to an agreement on a particular conflict, a mediator can help provide assistance.
Estimate the payoff amount of a judgment.
NCAOC offers access to criminal and civil court data.
Submit a complaint or concern about policies or practices related to language access services.
Learn how to obtain a criminal background check for yourself or others.
Find options to make a Judicial Branch record request depending on the type of record. Options may include online, by mail, or in person.
If you have a disability and need a reasonable accommodation, please submit this form for the county where the hearing or other court activity is scheduled.
Spoken foreign language court interpreters are provided at state expense for all Limited English Proficient (LEP) parties in interest in most court proceedings.
Search for the date, time, and location of a court appearance, citation number, and more.
Search statewide judicial forms and filter by keyword, General Statute, form number, form title, etc. Also, find local forms by county.
Find answers to common questions about legal issues.