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North Carolina drivers can expect an average increase of 50% for full coverage car insurance after getting a speeding ticket citation. Although the state’s rates are lower than the national average for drivers with a clean driving record, the national increase for full coverage with a speeding ticket is only around 21%. North Carolina car insurance companies clearly take speeding seriously. Bankrate can help you understand the car insurance implications of getting a speeding ticket in North Carolina so that you can better prepare should you be convicted of breaking the speed limit.

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How much is a speeding ticket in North Carolina?

The cost of a speeding ticket in North Carolina is relatively inexpensive. A speeding ticket cost in North Carolina starts at just $10, but court fees, license reinstatement fees and other costs add up on top of that, making tickets relatively pricey. The price you’ll pay will also depend on how fast you were going and the specifics of your infraction. For example, speeding in a school zone comes with a $250 fee.

Besides the financial impact, repeat offenders may face having their licenses suspended after incurring too many points. The fee to have a driver’s license restored after too many speeding tickets is $70 for the restoration and an additional $50 service fee. You may also have to contend with court costs, which can add up quickly, too. In addition to fees directly tied to the ticket, you may also be viewed as a higher-risk driver by auto insurers, which will likely increase your insurance rates.

How much does a speeding ticket increase your car insurance in North Carolina?

Being convicted of speeding is likely to increase the average cost of your car insurance due to you now being considered a higher risk than you were before. How much more you’ll pay will depend on several factors, including your age, your previous driving history and the type of car you drive. On average, North Carolina drivers will pay 50% more for full coverage car insurance after a speeding ticket conviction according to premium data provided by Quadrant Information Services. This is much higher than the national average increase of 21%.

One thing to keep in mind is that North Carolina bans the use of gender as a rating factor, so men and women would pay the same rates before and after a speeding ticket conviction, assuming all other factors are equal.

Average annual full coverage premium

Rate before speeding ticket Rate after speeding ticket % increase
North Carolina average $1,392 $2,089 50%

A single speeding ticket conviction in North Carolina can cause a significant increase in your premiums. The best way to avoid this increase is to maintain a clean driving record. Without the speeding ticket surcharge, your rates are likely to be much lower than they would be after a ticket conviction.

How to lower your car insurance after a speeding ticket in North Carolina

If you are a North Carolina driver and have a speeding ticket impacting your car insurance rates, it may help to know you can still find ways to save on car insurance. Consider the following ideas:

Get quotes from other car insurance companies

There is no standard rate increase based on the type of ticket you get. Two similar drivers insured by different insurance companies could see a big difference in how a speeding ticket conviction affects their premium. Some car insurance companies in North Carolina offer lower average rates than others. For example, despite having an average increase of 49%, State Farm has the lowest rate after a speeding ticket, likely due to its low average rate for drivers with clean driving records. However, National General has the lowest percentage increase after a ticket at 35% vs. the state’s average of 50%.

Average annual full coverage premium by car insurance company in North Carolina

Car insurance company Rate before speeding ticket Rate after speeding ticket
Allstate $1,597 $2,446
Erie $1,105 $1,688
Geico $910 $1,814
Kemper $1,414 $2,005
National General $1,401 $1,886
Nationwide $1,197 $1,731
North Carolina Farm Bureau $1,047 $1,504
Penn National $1,399 $2,059
Progressive $1,693 $2,472
State Farm $966 $1,436
Travelers $1,471 $2,267

*Premiums are average annual full coverage premiums for 40-year-olds

As you can see, the cost for the same level of coverage varies widely between companies, both before and after a speeding ticket conviction. The first step drivers might want to take after seeing a post-speeding-ticket premium increase is to get multiple car insurance quotes to consider if switching insurers would provide significant savings. However, since price is not the only consideration, take time to review customer ratings and independent reviews about the carrier to make sure you are making an informed decision.

Attend a driver improvement course

North Carolina state laws allow drivers with four points or more to attend a driver improvement course once every five years. You may need to qualify first and attend a hearing with an administrative hearings officer, and a $70 course fee will be required. Once you complete the course, you will receive a credit of three points. Over time, these improvements to your driving record may result in lower premiums from your insurer upon policy renewal.

Adjust your coverage

If the new insurance rate is more than you can afford, you might also consider adjusting your vehicle insurance by lowering your coverage limits (within legal requirements). Alternatively, you can also raise your deductible to save, so long as you are prepared to assume more financial responsibility in the event of an accident. Be sure to talk to an agent or company representative before you make changes to your policy, to ensure you understand what you are doing. Lower limits likely mean lower rates, but also less financial protection if you get into an accident.

Other speeding ticket considerations

In some situations, a North Carolina speeding ticket may be waivable — meaning you may not have to appear in court and instead can opt to pay the ticket online. This is also called a “prayer for judgment.” Taking this route means that you are admitting guilt.

Minor speeding citations are typically waivable. To know if you have to appear in court, or if you can pay the ticket in full without a court visit, check the officer’s notes on the citation. Law enforcement typically indicates whether the offense is waivable.

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Methodology

Bankrate utilizes Quadrant Information Services to analyze 2022 rates for all ZIP codes and carriers in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Rates are weighted based on the population density in each geographic region. Quoted rates are based on a 40-year-old male and female driver with a clean driving record, good credit and the following full coverage limits:

  • $100,000 bodily injury liability per person
  • $300,000 bodily injury liability per accident
  • $50,000 property damage liability per accident
  • $100,000 uninsured motorist bodily injury per person
  • $300,000 uninsured motorist bodily injury per accident
  • $500 collision deductible
  • $500 comprehensive deductible

To determine minimum coverage limits, Bankrate used minimum coverage that meets each state’s requirements. Our base profile drivers own a 2020 Toyota Camry, commute five days a week and drive 12,000 miles annually.

These are sample rates and should only be used for comparative purposes.

Incidents: Rates were calculated by evaluating our base profile with the following incidents applied: clean record (base), single speeding ticket