Speeding Tickets in NY With NJ license

English: New Jersey license plate from 2007

With New Jersey being in such close proximity to New York then you are not alone if you were handed a traffic ticket while commuting to work or spending a weekend in the City. With so much traveling between the states, many motorists receive various traffic tickets without fully understanding how it affects their license New Jersey license.

For A NJ Driver, Is It Worth Fighting A New York Ticket?

Palmyra (village), New York

Most New Jersey drivers are under the impression that points do not transfer for a speeding ticket or for other moving violation tickets received in New York. The reason most drivers believe this to be the case is because they don’t think states communicate regarding traffic violations. Unfortunately for those drivers this could not be further from the truth. Forty five states across America have made an agreement between each other to communicate traffic violations between each other under the Driver’s License Compact.The purpose of the Driver’s License Compact is to promote driver’s to have one license at a time and to ensure that the state that issues the driver’s license to have a complete record of the motorists past and future driving history.

This means that the home state that gave you your license will have a clear picture of what traffic ticket convictions you have on your record from other states. Your home state then will impose points and communicate this to your insurance company. The insurance company can use this information when deciding on issuing you a policy or raising your current rates.

NY Speeding Ticket Fines vs. NJ Speeding Ticket Fines

Do Points Transfer From NY to NJ?

Yes, motor vehicle points  do transfer from NY to NJ. New Jersey drivers who receive a ticket in New York should fight their speeding tickets and moving violations because both New York and New Jersey are members of the Driver’s License Compact and communicate traffic violations between each other.

How Many Points Transfer To My NJ License From My New York Traffic Violation?

Each state has different rules on how points will transfer between the states. A New Jersey driver that is convicted of a moving violation in New York will be given 2 points by New Jersey’s Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC). This point transfer is regardless of how many points New York assigns to the violation and assumes that New Jersey has a similar or like offense within its laws.

Violations committed in other states not including New York will also lead to a 2 point transfer for the offense to your New Jersey State license. States that are not included in the Driver’s License Compact include Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee and Wisconsin. If you receive a ticket in one of these states then the information will not be communicated to New Jersey and the points will stay off your record.

Should I Consult With An Attorney About My New York State Traffic Ticket?

Cities and states across the nation are struggling due to a down economy. Unfortunately what this means is that police officers are now pulling people over for moving violations at an increased rate to not only keep roads safe but also generate revenue. Officers are less likely now to let you off with a simple warning and are ready to hand out speeding tickets for driving even a few miles over the speed limit.
Before you think about pleading guilty and paying the fine for a New York State traffic violation you should contact an attorney to discuss your matter. Points can have a significant impact on your insurance rates so it is always worth making sure you keep a clean driving record, even when the offense happens out of state.
Call or email The Rosenblum Law Firm today for a free consultation about your traffic ticket in New York.


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  1. I received my first traffic ticket ever. I made a right turn from a middle lane on 34th street onto 9th Avenue, in manhattan. I though I could make the turn. Turns out, cannot. Question: I don’t know how many points this is. I would like to go to court and remove this ticket by paying an extra fine. What are my option? Thanks

    • Tom – you are facing a 2 point ticket for this improper turn ticket. Your case is under the jurisdiction of the traffic violations bureau – a legal system that does not allow for plea bargaining. As such, the only option to obtain a dismissal of these points is through a trial.

  2. Hi.

    I just got pulled over in the Bronx, by the throgs neck bridge. I was going 25 over 50. So 75mph. Should I fight or pay the ticket? I have a NJ license.

    • Carlos – I suggest contesting this 6 point ticket as there are substantial fines and insurance implications. Furthermore, 2 points will transfer to your NJ license if you are found guilty of this offense.

  3. Hi I got pulled over for speeding in Yonkers West, doing 62 in a 30. What are the penalties associated with that and what is the best way to work with this. I have no prior points and clean record.

    • You are facing 8 points, a fine of $693, assessment fees of $450, and a significant increase in your insurance rates. I therefore suggest you contest this violation.

  4. Hi, I am a NJ licensed driver. I got pulled over the NY Thruway going 80 in a 65. What are the penalties associated with this and how many points will transfer back to my NJ license?

    • Jason – You are currently facing a 4 point ticket – that will carry fines of $393. NJ assesses 2 points for any moving violation committed in another state.

  5. Hi.
    I just got pulled over in the Union , Town of 0463. I was going 17 over 65. So 82mph. Should I fight or pay the ticket? I have a NJ license.

    • Rahul – if convicted of this 4 point speeding ticket, NJ will assess 2 points against your NJ driving record. Additionally, you will be required to pay a fine to the court of $393, and will likely have a substantial increase in your insurance rate.

  6. Hi
    I get a speed ticket on Staten Island 71 on 50 speed limit. I have a New Jersey driver license . What is the fine and how many points. Should I fight for it?

    • Mo – you are facing a 6 point ticket, $203 fine, $300 assessment fee, increases in insurance rates, and the assessment of 2 points against your NJ license. NJ assesses 2 points for any moving violation comitted in another state. While I do suggest contesting this violation, please be advised that this is a trial court – generally seen as one of the more challenging courts in NY.

  7. I got a class B nj drivers license. I received two tickets in ny in my work truck.one was for (no cmv on parkway-nyc) which meant I got (disobeyed traffic device) which carrys 2 points..l have a clean and safe nj drivers license. Would it be safe just to pay the fines and make sure I stay safe for the next year.main reason for this decision was because I don’t really have the money to pay extra for lawyers and the time to take off work..

    • Gary – hiring an attorney would allow you to contest this ticket without personally appearing in court. Aside from the points transfering to NJ, the most expensive impact of this violation will likely be the increases of your insurance rates.

  8. Hi,

    I recently received a ticket for making a right on red in Brooklyn. It is legal to make a right on red in New Jersey if not posted otherwise. It was force of habit here which I explained to the officer, but received the ticket nonetheless. How will this impact my NJ license, if at all? Thanks!

    • NJ will transfer assess two points for any out of state conviction. Due to the likely insurance implications, I recommend contesting this violation in court. Since you have received a ticket within the 5 boros, there is no plea bargaining. Thus, the only avenue of relief is through a dismissal at trial. Please note – unawareness of the law is not a defense. However, there are other methods to contest this violation. .If you would like further details please feel free to give us a call at 1888-883-5529.

  9. My husband and I got a pulled over this summer on what I believe was the Cross Island Parkway allegedly going 71 in a 50. Albeit he was trying to get around a few tractor trailers in the middle lane so we could get over to exit. I really do not believe he was going that fast (as I was monitoring his speed as an overbearing wife) but we were accelerating to get around the line of trucks in order to get to the exit lane. He has a NJ license and I had him plead not guilty as it seemed extreme for the situation. We received a court appearance and it is in Rochester NY. ROCHESTER?!?!?! I literally just rescheduled the date for the spring as I can not get to Rochester tomorrow morning without leaving my house at 4 am. I wrongly assumed this court appearance would be somewhere in Long Island or near the city. I find this ticket to be un reasonable and Rochester to be unreasonable and the ticket itself doesn’t even have his correct name on it.
    This entire situation is very frustrating. Is this worth fighting?

    • Christina, this 4 pt violation carries a fine up to $393, along with a significant impact to your insurance rates. Pleading not guilty allows your husband to contest this violation in court. Court’s have jurisdiction based on the geographical location of the incident. Furthermore, whether the ticket will be dismissed because his name is incorrect on the ticket will depend on whether this is seen as a clerical error, or a more substantial error with identifying the proper defendant. If you have any further questions, please contact us at 888-883-5529 .

  10. Hi, I’m a NJ driver who works in Westchester county, NY. While driving on I-287, was distracted and rear-ended another vehicle. (My fault-radio) Driver in front complained of sore shoulder, so personal injury determined I received a following too closely ticket. I understand NJ will assess me 2 points for this though NY is more, but what are the total damages here?

    • Aside from the points (4) and the fines, a guilty plea / verdict here could potentially be used against you in future lawsuits. I therefore strongly suggest contesting this violation.

  11. Hello….I was issued a ticket for going 71 in a 50 on the Belt Parkway. I truly do NOT believe I was going that speed and I find it odd that many other NJ drivers on this thread conveniently were ticket for 71 in a 50 as well. The ticket was issued in 2015 so I am unsure if the police officer will even appear. if I am to fight my ticket this month on my court date, what other fees will I have to pay?

    • Jenny – you should handle your case assuming the officer will appear for trial. Tickets for these rates of speed are common as you point out – as 21 mph is the precise speed required for a 6 point violation. If you are convicted of this ticket, you will be required to pay the fine & court fee – totaling $203, along with the driver responsibility assessment fee – which is an additional $300 dollars.