Out-Of-State Speeding Tickets

This article is intended for individuals who live in another state besides New York and have received a speeding or traffic ticket in New York State.

New York license holders who receive an out-of-state traffic ticket click here.

Out-of-State Drivers Who Receive New York Speeding Tickets 

Getting a New York speeding ticket can be quite a hassle, especially when you are an out-of-state driver. Unfortunately, most out-of-state drivers never contest their NY speeding tickets. They think that it is too much of a hassle to drive back and argue. They usually justify their inaction by thinking that points will not transfer back to their home state. However, in many cases this is simply untrue. 

Points Do Transfer 

Despite what most people think, many states will assess points against your driving record for an out-of-state traffic violation. 

For example, drivers from Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia (just to name a few) will receive the full amount of points for out-of-state traffic violations as if they were committed right at home. 

Similarly, New Jersey drivers will receive 2 points for every out-of-state traffic violation they receive (that is 2 per ticket). Likewise, California drivers will have 1 point assessed for minor violations and 2 points for major violations. 

Additionally, many states will suspend your license if you are convicted of an out-of-state traffic offense that would have resulted in a suspension were it committed at home. 

Why it Pays to Fight an Out-of-State Speeding Ticket

In most cases, if you hire an attorney to fight your out-of-state speeding ticket, you will not need to appear in court. In other words, if you receive a New York speeding ticket and are licensed to drive in another state, you will not have to drive back to New York if you hire an attorney to fight your ticket. Additionally, simply pleading guilty could be extremely dangerous. Most out-of-state drivers think they are only paying a fine, but they fail to realize that their insurance rates could go up dramatically. 

Most states have entered into the Driver’s License Compact, so driving data is freely transferred from state to state. This means the Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) will likely know about your out-of-state speeding ticket and your car insurance carrier will have access to this information too. 

Furthermore, accruing 11 points or more in the State of New York—even as an out-of-state driver—will cause you to lose your ability to drive in New York (i.e. your right to drive in New York will be suspended). Remember, this accumulation of 11 points is based on the New York violations you commit under New York’s point system (not your state’s point system). 

Imagine: While on a family vacation a police officer catches you flying down the Thruway at 41 miles over the posted speed limit (an 11 point offense). Getting convicted of this one offense will prevent you from driving in New York for quite a while. 

Moreover, if you are convicted or plead guilty to a driving offense that would be 6 points in New York (e.g. driving 21-30 mph over the limit), you will be forced to pay a Driver Responsibility Assessment (DRA) to the State of New York. The DRA is $100 per year for 3 years and an additional $25 per year will be charged for each additional point over 6 you receive. This means 1 extra point will cost you $75 more (since the assessment lasts for 3 years). 

At the end of the day, it pays to fight an out-of-state speeding ticket. After all, these hidden costs—which you may not even find out about until it is too late—far exceed the cost of hiring an experienced NY traffic ticket attorney to handle your case. 

Who Should You Contact?

If you recently received a New York speeding ticket and you are an out-of-state driver, contact Adam H. Rosenblum of The Rosenblum Law Firm. Mr. Rosenblum has years of experience fighting traffic tickets, negotiating with prosecutors, and getting the results you are looking for. Call him today at 888-815-3649.

305 thoughts on “Out-Of-State Speeding Tickets

  1. tasha

    currently received a traffic ticket in west chester county NY IT WENT FROM A 65 TO 55 and i was clocked at 75 as per the officer and a ticket for being on my cell phone which my GPS was on. Should i consider fighting this ticket because it says he paced me and not used a radar gun

    1. Adam Rosenblum Post author

      Tasha – I strongly suggest you contest this ticket as it carries substantial fines & penalties. There is no requirement that an officer use a radar gun in order to establish that you were in fact speeding. You may contact me at 888-883-5529 to discuss potential strategies we may utilize to contest these tickets which total 9 points.

  2. Ketan

    Hi I got a tkt on I-90 (EB) NY highway driving @ 90MPH on 65MPH zone. I explained the officer there was a car flashing light behind me as s/he wanted to move ahead and I had no way to slow down to go in right lane as cars were there so I had to speed to get on right said. HE gave 1180D ticket to me and I wanted to know how much fine it would be My License is from NJ so I understand this translates into 2 points but is there anyway to Avoid the FINE $$. The ticket is for JUNIUS TOWN of -5052 (SENECA county). Can you please help me if I can avoid this fine? and how much that wld be.

    1. Adam Rosenblum Post author

      Ketan, in order to avoid the fine, you must contest your ticket at a trial and obtain a dismissal. Often a better approach is to obtain a reduction of the violation itself. While you will have to pay a penalty, you will be able to assure yourself a reduction in the speed, fines, and points.


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