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New York Driver License Point System

The following table below shows the point values assigned to moving traffic violations.  The "points" are assessed against your driving record based on the date you committed the violation, not the date you were convicted in court.

If a driver accumulates 11 or more points in 18 months, they will be called to a DMV hearing, after which their license may be suspended or revoked.  Drivers will be offered the option of waiving the hearing or accepting a definite period of suspension.

Some license revocations and suspensions are mandatory and do not depend on points.  These include three speeding violations within 18 months, and convictions involving alcohol or drugs.

It is also important to remember that many states have reciprocal agreements with other states.  Failure to properly attend to violations and / or court orders received outside New York can result in your driving privileges also being suspended.

For more information about license suspensions and revocations, refer to the New York State web site "How to Get Your Revoked, Suspended Driver License or Driving Privileges Restored".  You can also visit any DMV office.

Violations Points
Speeding (mph over legal limit)  
1 to 10 3
11 to 20 4
21 to 30 6
31 to 40 8
More than 40 11
Reckless Driving 5
Failure to stop for a School Bus 5
Following too closely (tailgating) 4
Inadequate Brakes 4
Inadequate Brakes (while driving employer's vehicle) 2
Failing to Yield Right-Of-Way 3
Violation Involving Traffic Signal, Stop Sign, or Yield Sign 3
Railroad Crossing Violation 3
Improper Passing or Lane Use 3
Leaving scene of an incident involving property damage or injury to an animal 3
Safety restraint violation involving person under 16 3
Any other moving violation 2
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