The DMV Point System.

The DMV Point System

Westchester CountyThe NYS DMV assigns points to different violation under the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law. It is important to know how points can impact a driver in NY. Whether licensed in NY or another state, a motorist’s privilege to operate in NY will be suspended for a minimum of thirty days if eleven points are accumulated in an eighteen month period or will be revoked for a minimum of six months if convicted of three speeds and or misdemeanors within an eighteen month period (DMV uses the violation date in their eighteen month calculation).

Any conviction for a moving violation stays on your driving record for 4 years (10 years for alcohol or drug related driving offenses) and your insurance company can surcharge you on that conviction for the full four year period.

Below please find a helpful chart showing the points associated with common Vehicle and Traffic Violations in NY.


Violation Points
Speeding – (VTL 1180a) Speed unreasonable/imprudent, MPH over speed limit not indicated 3
Speeding 1   – 10 MPH over speed limit 3
Speeding 11 – 20 MPH over speed limit 4
Speeding 21 – 30 MPH over speed limit 6
Speeding 31 – 40 MPH over speed limit 8
Speeding more than 40 MPH over speed limit 11
Reckless driving (Misdemeanor) 5
Failed to stop for a school bus (loading/unloading passengers, stop sign out, lights flashing) 5
Following too closely (Tailgating) 4
Passing improperly, changing lanes unsafely, driving to the left of center, driving  wrong direction 3
Failed to obey a traffic signal, a stop sign, or a yield sign 3
Railroad crossing violation (Drove around/under crossing gates while activated) 5
Failed to yield the right-of-way 3
Passenger Child Seatbelt Violation (Under 16) 3
Leaving scene of an accident that includes property damage/injury of a domestic animal 3
Leaving scene of an accident involving personal injury (Misdemeanor) 3
Inadequate brakes (Misdemeanor) 4
Use of portable electronic device (“texting” or “talking”) 5
Failure to move over for Emergency Vehicle 2
Other moving violations 2
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