Out-Of-State Traffic Ticket With NY License

I Have A New York License and I Got a Speeding Ticket in Another State, What Should I Do?

If you have a New York driver’s license and received a speeding ticket in another state, there are several important things for you to know. First and foremost, you cannot simply forget about the ticket and assume it will not affect you. It will. The following information was designed to help you better understand the ramifications of an out-of-state traffic ticket.

Driver’s License Compact

New York, as well as most states, signed the Driver’s License Compact. This is an agreement between all signed members that driver information will freely be accessible by all member states.

This means the state you received a speeding ticket in will almost certainly share that information with New York. Therefore, if you got a speeding ticket in New Jersey, Maryland, or even Florida, you better believe that the DMV will know about it.

Handling Out-of-State Speeding Tickets

According to the New York State DMV, “The NYSDMV does not record out-of-state violations committed by NYS drivers in other jurisdictions. The exceptions are alcohol-related violations, drug-related violations, and moving violations committed in Quebec or Ontario.” In other words, if you received a ticket in another state, points will not be placed on your New York license. However, that driver will still have to pay the relevant fines and state surcharges (if applicable), and his insurance rates can increase if his insurance company were to find out. Finally, the state in which he was convicted could suspend or revoke his right to drive in that state despite the fact that they have no jurisdiction over his NY license.

Additionally, unlike in New York, many states require you to personally appear in court if you receive a traffic ticket in their state. This might merely be an inconvenience if you received the ticket in a neighboring state. However, if you received it on a family trip to California, this could be unbelievably costly.

What if I Hire an Attorney?

If you hire an experienced traffic ticket lawyer to fight your ticket, you will usually not have to appear in court. Even in a state that requires your presence (e.g. New Jersey), your lawyer may be able file an Affidavit of Hardship on your behalf. This requests that the court to allow your attorney to proceed on your behalf without you being there due to the difficulty involved in traveling to court.  What constitutes a hardship is generally within the full discretion of the court. We are aware of courts in New Jersey, for instance, that won’t excuse a defendant from appearing due to distance unless he lives a minimum of 120 miles or a 2 hour drive from court.

Who Should You Contact?

If you received an out-of-state traffic ticket, contact Rosenblum Law today. You could be facing more than you think. Our team of NY traffic ticket lawyers will do all they can to protect your legal rights, fight to keep you on the road, and will diligently work to get you the results you want. Call us today at 888-434-0406.

241 thoughts on “Out-Of-State Traffic Ticket With NY License”

  1. Hi I have NY license and I received a speeding ticket 74 on 65 I paid already the fine but the officer at the time tole me to accept options 4 on the tickets pay the fine which I did and do some kind of a driving school so I’ll have no points but I can not seem to understand how to do this school cause I’m back in NY

    1. David, thank you for contacting us. Please note, in paying the fine for your speeding ticket of 74mph in a 65mph zone, you have pleaded guilty to 3 points on your license. This will likely have negative implications towards your insurance rates for the foreseeable future and may inflict the Driver’s Responsibility Assessment Fee should you have any additional points on your license. Further, Defensive Driving Courses/Schools do not erase points in New York. Instead, they simply increase the threshold required for license suspension. Depending on the Court that held jurisdiction over your matter, an attorney may still vacate your guilty plea.

  2. Hi,

    I have a clean NY Drivers license and I received a careless driving violation in NJ which is only a $85 fine. Since NYS DMV won’t record the out of state violation even though it’s reported by NJ via the Driver’s License Compact, how would my insurance company ever know about it. It would seem to me I’m better off just paying the fine and being done with it. Any thoughts?

    1. Hi William and thank you for your inquiry. Please be advised that your insurance company will discover your infraction in NJ when they perform a statewide search for your Driver’s Abstract. Although no points will be transferred onto your NY license from NJ, there will still be a likely substantial increase in your insurance rates for the foreseeable future. We suggest contesting the ticket.

  3. Hey I Have a NYS License driving through Virginia I received a ticket for 75 in a 55..will the points I receive for this ticket show up on my NYS license?

    1. Hello Brian and thank you for your inquiry. Since your offense occurred in Virginia, we cannot accurately advise you on the matter as we are not licensed there. We suggest contacting a Virginia attorney to provide you with more information on the fines and implications.

  4. Hi,

    I was pulled over doing 86 in a 65 in NY state, which I had recently moved. At the time I still had my NJ state license, which had expired two weeks before receiving the tickets.

    I have plead not guilty and plan to use my previously clean driving record to my advantage to fight the charges. However, my question is, will my NYS abstract of lifetime driving record show that my record had be clean in NJ as well?? My concern is that the reporting will only be on the (1 month) that I’ve had a NYS license.

    1. Hello Jess and thank you for your inquiry. Please be advised that your lifetime abstract will contain all the information that the DMV is required to keep, hence it will also reflect your NJ driving history. The offense of speeding 21 miles over the posted speed limit carries a maximum 6 point penalty and, depending on where you were charged, a maximum fine of $300 with $93 court fees. Additionally, you will be held responsible to pay the NY imposed Driver’s Responsibility Assessment Fee of $300 for accumulating 6 or more points on your license. While your abstract may be useful, it will not demonstrate that the officer failed to meet their burden of proof on the day of the alleged offense. We suggest contesting this ticket with an attorney in order to attempt to mitigate the likely substantial increase to your insurance and avoid the DRA Fee/points.

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