The NYS Department of Motor Vehicle Point System

woman receiving points on her license

This woman just received more points on her NY driver’s license.

Below is a list of violations from the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles and the number of points that is added when a driver is found guilty of the violations. The point system is NYS DMV’s way to identify and take action against high-risk drivers. Please note that when a driver reaches 11 points their license will be suspended. As a driver receives more points on their license, their insurance may go up drastically. They may also be required to pay a Driver Responsibility Assessment for three years.

Here are three things you need to know about the point system

  1. You must be convicted of the traffic violation before points are added to your driving record
  2. Your point total is calculated based on the date of the violation, not the date of the conviction
  3. The points for violations that occurred within the last 18 months are added to calculate your point total

“I had a 6 point speeding ticket on a bridge and I really thought there was no way of winning it; I was guilty as charged. Somehow they beat it and I had no points and no fines. Thanks guys.”

Aron I.  –   Queens, NY

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New York State driving violations and associated points 

Violation Points
Speeding – MPH over speed limit not indicated 3
Speeding 1 – 10 MPH over speed limit 3
Speeding 11 – 20 MPH over speed limit 4
Speeding 21 – 30 MPH over speed limit 6
Speeding 31 – 40 MPH over speed limit 8
Speeding more than 40 MPH over speed limit 11
Reckless driving 5
Failed to stop for a school bus 5
Inadequate brakes 4
Improper cell phone use 5
Following too closely (Tailgating) 4
Passing improperly, changing lanes unsafely, driving to the left of center, driving in the wrong direction 3
Failed to obey a traffic signal, a stop sign, or a yield sign 3
Railroad crossing violation 3
Failed to yield the right-of-way 3
Passenger safety violation, including seat belt and child safety seat violations for passengers under the age of 16 3
Left the scene of an accident that includes property damage or the injury of a domestic animal 3
Other moving violations 2
Inadequate brakes (vehicle of an employer) 2
Use of portable electronic device (“texting”) 5

 

Additional information about the point system from the DMV’s website:

Driver Responsibility Assessment

If you receive 6 or more points on your New York State driving record in 18 months, you must pay a Driver Responsibility Assessment fee.

Out-of-state convictions

If you are convicted of a traffic violation in another state or country, points are not added to your New York State driving record unless the violation occurred in Ontario or Quebec.

New York State has a reciprocal agreement with Quebec and Ontario. Traffic violation convictions that occur in these provinces are recorded on your New York State driver record, and the convictions have the same effect and carry the same points as convictions that occur in New York State. These tickets can affect your driver violation point total and Driver Responsibility Assessment.

Insurance Premiums

Insurance companies have their own point systems and can increase your premiums based on your driving record. Contact your insurance company for more information. For more information on insurance increases click here.

Point and Insurance Reduction Program

If you take a DMV-approved Point and Insurance Reduction Program (PIRP) course, you can:

  • Reduce your driver violation point total by a maximum of 4 points
  • Save 10 percent on your automobile liability and collision insurance premiums

For more information on benefits or a (PIRP) course click here.

The Best Way to Not Get Points is to Fight the Ticket

It is wise not to accumulate points on your license.  My Tickets NYC can help you fight your ticket with the goal being to get it dismissed, so there are no points on your license.  For a no-obligation consultation to discuss your points call My Tickets NYC at 917-426-2WIN (2946) to discuss how we can help you fight and win or fill out an e-mail form.