The Driver's License Point System in New Jersey

How Many Points Before Your License is Suspended?

New Jersey tracks driver behavior by use of a point system. If you are convicted of a moving violation, the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) will penalize you by adding points to your driving record. Under that system each point serves as a demerit, and the more you get, the more likely it is that you will have your license suspended or even revoked for good. Although these infractions are reported to your insurer, the accrued points may not have much significance because, when deciding on rate increases, most insurers apply their own point system.

Suspensions

  • If you get six or more points within three years on your current driving record, you will be assessed a surcharge
  • If you get 12 or more points on your current driving record, your license will be suspended. You will receive a notice of scheduled suspension by mail

How Many Points for Each Infraction?

Operating constructor vehicle in excess of 45 mph

3

Operating motorized bicycle on a restricted highway

2

More than one person on a motorized bicycle

2

Failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk

2

Failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk; passing a vehicle yielding to pedestrian in crosswalk

2

Driving through safety zone

2

Racing on highway

5

Improper action or omission on grades and curves

2

Failure to observe direction of officer

2

Failure to stop vehicle before crossing sidewalk

2

Failure to yield to pedestrians or vehicles while entering or leaving highway

2

Driving on public or private property to avoid a traffic sign or signal

2

Operating a motor vehicle on a sidewalk

2

Failure to obey direction of officer

2

Failure to observe traffic signals* (Red Light Camera- 0 pts.)

2

*No points assessed for red light camera violation

0

Failure to keep right

2

Improper operating of vehicle on divided highway or divider

2

Failure to keep right at intersection

2

Failure to pass to right of vehicle proceeding in opposite direction

5

Improper passing on right or off roadway

4

Wrong way on a one-way street

2

Improper passing in no passing zone

4

Failure to yield to overtaking vehicle

2

Failure to observe traffic lanes

2

Tailgating

5

Failure to yield at intersection

2

Failure to use proper entrances to limited access highways

2

Failure to yield to emergency vehicles

2

Reckless driving

5

Careless driving

2

Getting Rid of Points

The MVC keeps a permanent record of all the points you've earned. However, it is possible to earn point deductions by remaining violation and suspension-free for one year or by taking qualified driving courses approved by MVC.

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