The Driver's License Point System in New York

How Many Points Before Your License is Suspended?

New York's Driver Violation Point System gives the New York State DMV a way to identify and take action against high risk drivers. Under that system each point (assessed for a conviction) 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 11 points in an 18-month period, your driver license may be suspended. In New York, your point total is calculated based on the date of the violation, not the date of the conviction. 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.

How Many Points for Each Infraction?

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

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

Getting Rid of Points

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. Once 18 months have passed from the violation date, the points for that violation no longer count toward your total. However, the points remain on your driving record as long as the conviction remains on your record.

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