Out-Of-State Speeding Tickets

Note: 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 can click here for more information.

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 all the way back to court. 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 Can End Up on Your Out-of-State License 

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

In many states, a driver will receive the full amount of points for out-of-state traffic violation as if the violations was committed within his home state. 

In other states, the rules differ.  For example, New Jersey drivers receive 2 points for every out-of-state traffic violation (2 points per ticket). Likewise, California drivers generally get 1 point 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.  Failure to pay a New York State fine or Driver Responsibility Assessment (see below) can also lead to license suspension in your home state.

Why it Pays to Fight a New York Speeding Ticket

In most cases, if you hire an attorney to fight your New York 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 home 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 and your home state may suspend you as well. 

In addition, if you are convicted or plead guilty to a driving offense that would be 6 points in New York or greater (e.g. driving 21 mph+ over the limit), you will be required to pay a Driver Responsibility Assessment (DRA) to the State of New York. The DRA is $100 per year for 3 years for the first 6 points plus $25 per year for three years for each additional point over 6 you receive. 

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 for Help?

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.

248 thoughts on “Out-Of-State Speeding Tickets

  1. Ray

    I got a speeding ticket in NY from a state office on I-87. I live in CT, he said he got me going 80 with laser on a speed limit of 65 MPH. I plead not guilty, what happens next?

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  2. Corey

    Hi, I was pulled over Columbia county NY for 48 in a 35 and I have a Vermont license. The speed had chbaged from 55 to 35 then back to 55 right where I was pulled over and had just not seen the change in speed. How will this effect my license and insurance rates if I plead guilty? I am in graduate school and do not know of I can drive 2 hours to court during the week

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  3. Eric

    Just received a speeding ticket for 81 in a 65mph zone from a NY state police officer. I am an Illinois driver and I’m concerned whether or not tissue ticket will appear on my Illinois driving record. I will most likely lose my job because of this. I can’t have any moving violations to work. So scared.

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    1. Adam Rosenblum Post author

      We are not licensed to practice in IL, and can thus not provide you with advice on their point system. I can say, however, that violations transfer between the states, and this will likely impact your insurance rates.

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  4. Kate McKathy

    Hi I am a Massachusetts driver and I received a 2 point moving violation in NY. I am a minor and if this appears on my driving insurance it will be drastic. I know I have to pay the NY fine and surcharges but will this appear on my record in MA and will my insurance find out about it if its only a moving violation? thank you!

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    1. Adam Rosenblum Post author

      Kate – your insurance company will find out about the moving violation, although I am unable to advise you on MA law – as we are not licensed there. You may contact us at 888-883-5529 for a free consultation to discuss how best to fight this ticket.

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  5. Debbie

    We were pulled over by a yellow taxi cab on LI just over the border in Nassau County and issued a speeding ticket for 21 miles over the limit. We have a South Carolina license. We actually had to call 911 because we were unsure if they were even real police officers, since they were pulling us over in a yellow taxi cab. From what I am reading here, the fees we will incur will be astronomical. What recourse do we have, if any? How much does it typically cost to hire an attorney, such as yourself?

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  6. Billy

    Hi. I was pulled over in Stueben County NY by the New York State Police 10 days ago going 92 in a 65. I didn’t know what to do, so I just sent in the form pleading guilty. Is there anything I can do now? Did not get anything back in the mail yet though. Thanks.

    I am from New Jersey.

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  7. Heather

    Hi Adam,
    My husband recently got a ticket in Mechanicville for going 45 in a 30 mph zone. He holds a MA license and a CT registration (he active duty military). Where we were driving it went from a 45 to a 30 and he got pulled over directly after the change in speed posting. We were coming up to a red light and coming to a stop when the lights flashed behind us. Not sure what to do?

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  8. Joey

    I am a pennsylvania resident driving on 84 south bound through Montgomery, New York going 83 in a 65. How many points will go on my license and what will the fine be?

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    1. Adam Rosenblum Post author

      Joey – you are facing a 4 point ticket, with a fine of $393. While points will likely not transfer to PA, the violation will – thus impacting insurance rates significantly.

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  9. Mike

    I am a 22 YO, MA resident and received a ticket for going 47 in a 30 on Rt. 7 in Troy, NY. I was honestly unaware that the speed limit was that low. I do have a ticket for no signal in NY from 3 years ago. Since MA doesn’t use the DLC, I am wondering if they would transfer points to MA. I would prefer to not have to go back to NY to deal with this. Please Advise.

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  10. Geni

    Hi,

    My brother-in-law lives in NJ and was pulled over in NY for speeding. He was using HOV lane with his kids. The speed limit was 40 and it was a work-zone. His speed was 73. He was over by 33 miles. On his ticket there was no amount. It has been over 3 weeks and he has not received anything in regards to the ticket. He check online by the plate but no result. He called and they could not finde the record under that plate. He does not know what to do? Also, what would he face with? He is a NJ resident not NY. He was speeding in NY. If toy can email me the respond I would appreciate. thanks.

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    1. Adam Rosenblum Post author

      Geni – your brother is facing an 8 point ticket that carries a fine of $1,293; an assessment fee of $450, a significant impact on insurance, and 2 points on his NJ license.

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  11. Cindy

    Hi…I was on 219 , got pulled over for going 71 in a 55 . Not sure what to do, I am from PA…the speed went from 65 to 40 back to 55 in a few miles. It was in Cattaraugus County and it was with the State Police…Help!

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    1. Adam Rosenblum Post author

      Cindy – you are facing a 4 point ticket that carries a fine of $393, along with a substantial impact on your insurance rates. You should consider fighting this ticket to avoid these consequences.

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  12. Danny

    I got a speeding violation for 84 in a 65 zone in orange county, town of tuxedo NY on I87 SB. This would be the first time I would get points on my florida drivers liscence If I plead guilty. Im interested in knowing how many points they can issue for the said violation and the average cost on such a ticket to determine whether its worth fighting or not. I am more interested in the overall cost of the ticket/legal representation than the points so I would just like to know what the likelyhood of the fines being dropped are and what the cost of having legal representation by your office would be when determining to plead guilty or have legal services fight the violation off for me. Thank you!

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    1. Adam Rosenblum Post author

      Danny – you are facing a 4 point ticket that carries a maximum fine of $393. Additionally, this will increase your insurance rates substantially. If you would like to discuss our fee structure, you may contact us at 888-883-5529.

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  13. Joshua neubert

    Hi I got a ticket last week and was wondering how to deal with it having a cdl license for pa… I got pulled over for doing84 in a 65…. I was going down hill in company pickup with a trailer… Money is tight and can’t afford to lose my license no license equals no job….

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  14. brady

    Hi Mr. Rosenblum, I received a ticket in Lindley, NY going 92mph in a 65 zone and pleaded “not guilty” by mail as the internet advises for a ticket of this stature. I am a 20 year old driver from Maryland and have not had any other speeding tickets in the last 18 months (or beyond that I can think of). I now have received a paper in the mail from the court advising me to contact the Steuben County District Attorney… I was curious what you think I should do about this? No one has informed what the price of the ticket is and I have pleaded not guilty in hopes of lowering the punishment of whatever they charge me. What are my options? Thanks

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    1. Adam Rosenblum Post author

      Brady – you are facing a 6 point ticket that has fines of $393, and an assessment charge of $300. This will additionally impact your insurance rates. You may either plead guilty, or not guilty and fight to avoid these consequences.

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  15. Mitesh

    I received a speeding ticket for going 74mph in a 65mph zone. I am visiting from Illinois (which is where my license was issued). The ticket was received near Plattsburg, NY by a state trooper. The officer stated this will not affect me in any way as they do not report to Illinois. Is this true?

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  16. Kh Rakibujjaman

    Hi I got a Speed ticket on I-81 in Cortland Country on 09/25/2015. Speed limit was 65, i was driving 95 miles/h, because of mountain slope, i could not control the speed. I have Maryland licence with clear record. Could you please suggest me what i have to do and how much fine and point would be?

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    1. Adam Rosenblum Post author

      You are facing a 6 point ticket, that has fines of $393, and an assessment charge of $300. This will additionally impact your insurance rates. I suggest you plead not guilty and fight this ticket.

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  17. Kallinga

    Hi Adam,

    I am driving back to Maryland and I was on Route 88, I wan just trying to over take a vehicle and I got speeding ticket for driving 86 mph on a 65 mph way. 21 miles more. I got this ticket yesterday and they asked me to plead guilty or not guilty by mail. What could be the points and fine and how far you think you can be of help?

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  18. Cindy

    Was traveling on 90W and got pulled over for going 79 in a 65 in Fredonia NY. I live in Ohio and have a spotless driving record. Was trying to pass a semi when I got clocked. What am I looking at in terms of a fine and my Ohio license? Is it worth fighting. Don’t know if it makes a difference, but I was keeping up with traffic.

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    1. Adam Rosenblum Post author

      Cindy – you are facing a 4 point ticket that carries a fine of $393. While we can not advise you on OH law, the violation will transfer, thus impacting your insurance. Going with the flow of traffic, while a common argument we hear, will not assist you in your speeding ticket.

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  19. Peter

    Mr. Rosenblum,
    I’m a Virginia license holder and received a speeding ticket for going 85 mph on 55 mph zone on the Taconic parkway. I was flowing with other traffic until I hit a speed trap just over the crest on a down hil curve.

    I found my misplaced ticked and missed a deadline to answer the court on 9/15/15.
    I don’t know what to do now. What are my options?
    Thank you,
    Peter

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    1. Adam Rosenblum Post author

      Because of the significant consequences associate with this ticket – 6 points, $393 in fines, $300 assessment charge, increased insurance rates – I strongly suggest you consider fighting this ticket.

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  20. Bobby

    Hello,

    About two weeks ago, I was driving to LI for my business. As I was coming off of the Throgs Neck Bridge, I was going with the flow of traffic and did not see any posted speed limit signs so I assumed (wrongly) that it was a 65 MPH zone. I was more concerned with the numerous pot holes on the highway and avoiding them. Low and behold, I see a NYC police highway patrol coming at me and was pulled over for doing 72 in a 50 MPH zone. Being a son of a NJ police officer with the PBA Shield and gold PBA card, I don’t speed often and was surprised that this officer issues me a summons. Being out of state, what am I looking at? I don’t currently have car insurance as I’m under my girlfriend’s policy (the car is in her name). Normally with parking and other tickets in NJ, I’d plead Not Guilty and talk to the prosecutor to erase or lower the fine.

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    1. Adam Rosenblum Post author

      You are being charged with going 22 miles over the speed limit. This is a 6 point ticket, carrying a$300 fine plus an $85 mandatory surcharge and an increase in insurance rates. At 6 points the DMV charges you an additional fine called the DMV Driver Responsibility Assessment at $100 a year for 3 years. Points will transfer to your license in NJ. Give us a call for a free consult.

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  21. Juan

    Hi i got a speeding ticket the 7/26/15 by queens midtown tunnel going 67mph in a 30mph in one of the ramps , i have a NJ driver license ,my firts time driving there ,i was lost coming from the JFK airport,first time with a speeding ticket .we called a few people and they told me to plead guilty and paid the fines because i will recive only 2 points on my record and , i did call dmv and i plead guilty to the ticket and now i have to appear in court , what can i do ,thank you for you advise

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  22. Fnu Kotlanka Rama Krishna

    HI
    I got speeding ticket in NY (Florida town court) and I hold MA driving license. I was charged for speeding 90mph in 65mph. While I believe I am on 70mph, I accepted the fact that I speeded 5miles higher and paid the fine of about $270 in florida town court. Now I received additional $300 and a 6 point letter.

    – I particularly, don’t think 6 points on my driving…kindly advise

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  23. Adam Rosenblum Post author

    Sam – You are facing a 6 point ticket, with fines of $693 (doubled due to a work zone violation). Additionally, you will be required to pay a driver responsibility assessment fee of $300 over the course of 3 years. Furthermore, this ticket will have a substantial impact on your insurance rates. The fact that no workers were present at the time of your infraction does not have any relevance to your case.

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  24. Andrew

    I was on a fishing trip in the Adirondacks with some friends, I have a ct license and was driving my friends car on a road that had a 55mph speed, I got a ticket stating that I was going 79mph. I thought I had sent in the ticket by June 16 but as it turns out I never did and I just sent it in today. I plead not guilty. Is it even possible for me to fight the ticket at this point? And if so and I still loose how much is it going to cost me? I have a clean record and the speeding was completely accidental (which I know doesn’t matter) but I can’t afford a huge fine right now and don’t want any points on my license.

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    1. Adam Rosenblum Post author

      You are facing a 6 point ticket, which will include a total financial penalty of $693. Additionally, this will significantly increase your insurance rates. It is still possible to fight this ticket and eliminate or lessen the points and fines, especially if you have a good driving record.

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